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“The bloggers at the personal finance site offer thousands of ways to spend less while still enjoying life....Brightly illustrated and offering multiparagraph tips organized into topical sections, this guide...will give novices quick, simple answers. (Library Journal)”

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Wise Bread is a community of bloggers that provides readers with entertaining advice on how to manage and spend their money. The articles are folksy and relatable because they are based on the candid, hilarious, and sometimes painful personal experiences of the writers. These savvy gurus come from a rich array of backgrounds. Among their ranks are financial consultants, journalists, career counselors, professors, advertising experts, homemakers, and even professional hobos! Wise Bread is content partners with MSN and has been featured in The New York Times, Newsweek, Times, CNN, Forbes, NPR, Fox, AP, PC Magazine, and Slate. It is owned by Killer Aces Media, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, CA.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Original edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160239704X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397040
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm Jim on May 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
I was flipping through this book at Barnes yesterday while waiting for my girlfriend to finish buying a gift for her friend's birthday. The book is basically a bunch of individual lists and howtos -- how to buy wine, 23 common interview questions, etc. By the time my girlfriend was ready to go, I was still reading the article on how to shop for wine, so I brought the book home. Couldn't put it down the rest of the night! I read through the entire budget travel section since we're planning for a trip this summer. And the article on how to open a roth IRA is going to come in handy. I've been thinking about opening one for the last few months and I think I'm going to do it next week. This book is full of tips for a wide range of financial topics. I highly recommended for anyone looking to get more out of their money.
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268 of 336 people found the following review helpful By G.L. on January 25, 2010
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Technically, my one-star rating is incorrect: when a book has no useful content whatsoever, it should be zero stars. Alas, such option is unavailable, so I'll have to make do with this...

I had high hopes for this book - I really did. It's written by a group of personal finance experts and it's got nothing but rave reviews on Amazon (I hope I won't be the sole dissenter) - what could possibly go wrong? Like most other projects put together by a committee, it feels raw and incomplete. To give you a basic idea, this is the kind of book that would have been useful 20 years ago, before the advent of the Internet. Every single tip listed in this book can be found with Google in less than a minute. Because of the space constraint (10,001 tips and only 346 pages), most of the tips get just one brief paragraph.

I'm a dedicated bachelor, I don't plan on getting married or having kids, I don't like to cook (other than the easiest dishes - pasta and boiled eggs), I have neither a car nor a garage, my landlord does all the "home improvement" in my house for free, and I don't buy into this pointless, feel-good "green living" fad. Because of all of the above, none of the tips in this book apply to me. Evidently, "living large" means keeping old rags all over your house instead of using paper towels, and giving your friend a measuring cup or a coloring book with crayons on his or her birthday. (I'm not making this up!) The sections on investing and money managing were marginally interesting, but like I said, one can find the same information (and more of it!) online in less than a minute.

Finally, the book is rather poorly edited.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A.N on May 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I didn't expect much for $10 bucks but was floored by the extensive amount of information covered by this 350 page book. The tips are great in that most of them are easy to execute and applicable to everyone. You can pick up the book, browse through a few sections, and immediately apply the new wisdom in your life.

The sections on finance, travel, and entertainment are exceptional. Tips like how to get the best airfare, lower cell phone bills, reduce your mortgage, etc. can save you money right away. If you like books that get straight to the tips without long intros and boring personal anecdotes, this is the book for you.

I take away a star for the gaudy use of glossy paper for the book. For a book about frugality and being "savvy", wouldn't it be more fitting to print this on recycle paper? There's even a green living section in this book, ironically. Have to admit the colorful design kept my interest, but the tips themselves are good enough for that. No need for the fancy paper.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By S. Jeng on May 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
10,001 Ways is a gateway to frugality. What do I mean by that? It isn't a hardcore frugality book focusing on brown bagging lunch for your entire life. Instead, it is a kinder, gentler, introduction to the idea of living within your means. Some of the other finance books provide outrageous (and depressing) ideas so difficult to follow that you might give up immediately. All the tips here are fun and easy to follow.

If you've missed a couple of mortgage payments and creditors are knocking down your door, this book isn't for you. You need something a lot more drastic.

This book is perfect for young people just starting out in life. The fun and breezy writing is engaging, and the tips are offered without judgment or condescension. The cooking tips will be especially useful for college students living on their own for the first time.

I will be giving this book away as a graduation present for years to come. This is a gift that keeps on giving.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on May 13, 2009
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This isn't like your regular advice book that's broken down in neat categories with a nice flow. There's over a dozen writers and is really a compilation of lots of articles. They're grouped together into general categories, but finding anything specific is difficult. However, it's the kind of book that if you had a few minutes here or there to spare, it's nice to have around. The tips are sometimes a little outrageous, like using a barn door for a table top (where would I find one of those anyway). But there are actually lots of useful tips that caught me by surprise. Like zipping up clothes before throwing them in the washer to prevent snagging on other clothes.
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