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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: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The bloggers at the personal finance site wisebread.com 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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All the tips here are fun and easy to follow.
S. Jeng
My favorite sections are grocery tips, kid party tips, and household tips.
T.N.
I could not put it down and book marked so many pages!!
K. Barkley

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69 of 75 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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264 of 332 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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39 of 47 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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35 of 43 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Athenart on October 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The title of this book is misleading. The content is not focused on saving money and being frugal, but is a hodge-podge of advice in list format on a variety of topics.

There are very long passages and chapters that are not related to living "large on a small budget" in any way. Some of these were enjoyable reading (e.g., how to select wine; various recipes), but only because these are topics *I* personally enjoy. Other tangents I could have done without (e.g., a list of places to hide your cash around the house; how to know if you need to fire your financial adviser; saving time by cooking meals in advance; organizing one's closet/kitchen/garage, etc.).

The format of the book is a mess. This book is literally one list after another, each written by a different person, each with its own formatting. There is no rhyme or reason applied to the order in which lists appear. For example: One chapter on finance starts off with lists relating to investing, then salary negotiation, then saving for retirement, then... back to an introductory explanation of investing?!

There is also a LOT of repeated information throughout the book, another sign that the lists included were not edited properly. How many times do I need to read that it's okay to use cheap wine for sangria and mulling, or that I should make my own perfume and air-freshener out of alcohol and scented oils?

There were also many repeated references to bartering and bargaining throughout the book. I supposed these would work if you are shopping at a) your local mom & pop shop, or b) outside of the United States, where bargaining is expected. Somehow, I don't think Target or Macy's would go for either of these tactics.
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