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  • Paperback: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Kimberlite Pub (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965418804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965418805
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catlin presents a good case for having fun enjoying life's simple pleasures. In doing so, he advocates a greatly simplified lifestyle as well as placing a priority on one's time as opposed to acquiring material wealth. That is not to say rejecting earning money; in fact, a new and different life is dependent upon saving a nice nest egg in order to work less and enjoy life more. The philosophy has a familiar ring to it; still, Catlin's orderly approach clearly spells out a method that may be followed to streamline spending, reject conformity, get rid of extraneous possessions, and increase desired leisure time. It may be a scary idea for some people--quitting a job to gain freedom--but Catlin describes another, if less widespread, way of living life without the usual shackles. Alice Joyce

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"...an often humorous and insightful book on putting one's business and private lives into more productive yet peaceful balance. The hurdle to overcome in this process is learning to distinguish between needs and frivolous wants; this book offers guidance in that direction without insisting the fun be taken out of life." -- Booklist

"It's a wonderfully useful and complete road map for anyone struggling to balance the demands of their job with the desire to live a happy and fulfilled life." -- David Sharp (Author of "Six Months Off")

"This book will definitely make you laugh and very likely it will make you angry. But its value is in the fact that it will make you think." -- Cheapskate Monthly

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
A common sense, easy to read book that does an outstanding job of getting the reader to re-evaluate what is important in life. Today's society rates success by the amount of material posessions one has acquired. For most, this process is achieved through increased time at the office, often resulting in increased stress, and a substantial reduction in time for personal activities. This might be o.k. if your vocation is your vacation, but for most, it is not. The typical 40 year, 9 to 5 job is challanged in this book, and provides far more attractive alternatives. After reading this book, I immediately made changes in my buying decisions and lifestyle, and am much happier as a result. Everyone will get something positive out of this book. I hope Steve Catlin has a follow up book sometime in the future.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John White on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
"Work Less & Play More" presents a viable alternative to the "Work till you're 65, then go home and die" tradition. Contained within this book are many techniques and strategies that can allow someone to reduce their spending and increase their savings, facilitating an early retirement or a semi-retirement.

The chapter entitled "Avoiding Consequence Costs" is excellent. The author makes a convincing argument that you need to examine the total cost of a purchase, not just the initial price. The example he uses is of a dog that has an initial purchase price of $50. But then after the initial purchase there are license fees, shots, food, and vet bills for years afterward. In addition, there is the inconvenience factor to consider: bathing, walking, cleaning up after the dog, etc.

The chapter entitled "The Law of Possessions" is equally well done. He effectively illustrates how every possession has a cost in money and time associated with it.

Another factor that makes this book worthwhile is that it's well written and enjoyable to read.

Highly recommended.

John L. White, [...]
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bl pitney on August 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I, for one, really liked this book! As someone who is more than ready to retire from the rat race and have shared similar thoughts, it was an affirmation of my own instincts. Catlin recommends that we evaluate the difference between needs and wants (and doesn't label "wants" as necessarily bad, asks only that we be conscious of the difference), think of the "consequence costs" of the things we buy and recommends that we simply... save our money! I've been reading plenty of books about investing and find that most of them are far too complex for those who simply don't have enough interest to learn all the details. Catlin is not recommending gambling... but conserving. His concept of a "personal treasury" worked well. His discussion of the minimalist lifestyle made a great deal of sense. All in all, well worth reading! For those who want to escape the mind-numbing conformity of corporate America and want more quality and leisure, the ideas presented in the book are right on! I would like to see more books by Steven Catlin, perhaps addressing some of the simpler investment options like low-cost mutual funds and I-Bonds.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
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Take your first step towards earlier retirement by saving your $14 and not buying this book. There are better personal finance books available, a topic which this guy spends a ton of time giving a light treatment to. He disquises a basic personal finance concept with custom vocabulary and stretches it for most of the book. The result is a simple concept obfuscated page after page.
The concept? First, do you think there's more to life than working yourself to death? If so, then don't spend money on things you don't have to. Spend it only on what you need and enjoy. Learn to live cheaply and your retirement savings will stretch farther, allowing you to retire earlier or partially retire for the rest of your life.
That's nearly the whole book in one paragraph. Publishers seem to insist on some minimum length of book which leads authors to pad good ideas to the point where it gets frustrating to read through them.
I found the author's near constant parenthetical quips completely annoying.
I did enjoy the last fourth of the book which explained how sources of manipulation (salespeople, the government, businesses) will sap your time and money.
A much better book on the same topic is Ernie Zelinski's "The Joy of Not Working" which is teeming with philosophy (lacking in "Work Less..."), better stories, and more inspiring and practical advice.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love this book! It's easy to do and I did it. I haven't
worked in the past 2 years by choice, by following his advice
in this book. If I can do it on 25k a year anyone can. He
really challenges and gets you thinking about the American
Dream. Don't wait until you are 65 to retire, read this book.
It's easy reading and hard to put down. I've read it 5 times.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1998
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Finally--a book with practical "life management" advice written in a readable, often hilarious style! Catlin offers valuable tips on how to make the most of one's time and money by suggesting strategies which easily apply regardless of income. Contains many pearls of wisdom!
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