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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing In Its Simplicity
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...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One or two ideas plus padding - buy "Joy of Not Working"
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...
Published on June 25, 1998


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing In Its Simplicity, August 9, 2001
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This review is from: Work Less & Play More (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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all, July 26, 2004
This review is from: Work Less & Play More (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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One or two ideas plus padding - buy "Joy of Not Working", 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
5.0 out of 5 stars MY 2ND FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME..., September 13, 2003
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, valuable and fun to read, 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A practical, humorous framework for saving and enjoying $$$, July 21, 1998
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This book offers a humorous but practical treatment of making money, saving money and spending money. Steve's suggestions are well thought out, informative, and extremely humorous at times. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants enjoy all of life's perks while saving a great deal of money. The guidelines are practical and easy to follow; he shows us that saving for retirement need not necessarily be a painful chore!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money, July 22, 2000
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This book contains little new information and a lot of "victim-thinking". If you are looking for a way to make changes in your financial life, including more free time or early retirement, I recommend, Your Money or Life, or The Energy of Money, or even the somewhat more radical, but useful, How to Survive Without a Salary.
The last half of this book seems to be an extended rant, finger pointing at all the bad guys out there: advertisers. salesman, employers and the government. For a book that supposedly advocates thinking for oneself, there is an awful lot of blaming going on here.
I recommend not buying this book and reviewing instead some of the above-mentioned titles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Work Less and Play More, September 26, 2005
This review is from: Work Less & Play More (Paperback)
If you want to retire early or take more time off work, this is the book for you.

This book is a quick read. There are very few boring spots. The author is funny.

I understand now why the retire early home page gave this book five stars - this book delivers.

This book doesn't talk much about investments. But it does talk a lot about basic personal finance, simple living, and how to build a personal treasury.

This book was written in the 1990's, so its a bit dated. But Work Less and Play More is a great read anyway.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book helped me get out of the RAT RACE., July 11, 1997
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I first read this book when it first came out many years ago. That copy is now very worn. I ordered a new copy when I found out it was back in publication. Steve tells you how to "Work Less and Play More". Follow his guideline and you will have a lot more time for you
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Wait ! Buy This Book !, October 28, 2002
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This is a great read ! Thought provoking, & well written. After reading this book, you'll find yourself saying "Jeez, maybe I could do it !" At the very least, you'll be thinking about the quality of your life now, and the way it could be. Don't hesitate - just buy the book......
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