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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439246211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439246214
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By giocasa on January 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
I downloaded this book in kindle form to my pc, first time for everything, and it worked. I would recommend that if you can to do so also, as the kindle version is much cheaper. Reading through the whole book took some time , there is a lot of information here. Being a big daily reader, and extremely poor myself, I knew a lot of what's here already. Most readers, I hope will find it very useful in helping them to get along a little better when broke themselves. I was not crazy about all the green living parts , but overall the author does the job well in presenting a lot of material that can ,and I hope will help get them a long a little better financially.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By O. McIntyre on March 6, 2012
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It took me several weeks to decide to upgrade from the "sample" to the full book, but I'm glad I did.

For the most part, the author provides a compendium of information that he has gleaned from other sources. He fully admits that his first-hand experience of "zero cost living" consists of a couple of youthful summers.

In my maturity, I am unlikely to attempt to live in shelter made from a blue poly tarp or engage in some of the other contributing factors to zero cost living... BUT I do need and want encouragement to break out of the mindless consumption that keeps us trapped in life-killing patterns. That is what this book offers best: encouragement. Encouragement to see things differently and do things differently.

What if? What if we approached life as if we were living in our car, or a sailboat, or a wilderness homestead? What would we do? What would we do without? ZCL encourages readers to imagine different, more joyful, less conventional, less consumption-driven life. If you need encouragement to do this, then I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angel R. on October 8, 2012
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I have bought and read many books about frugality and they all give tips on how to save money here and there, but Zero Cost Living is very different from all the others in the sense that it also gives reasons about why the current global economy is collapsing and it also teaches how to fight inflation through frugality. At the same time it shows you how to build your own house, how to produce your own food, etc. It gives you thousands of great ideas on how to live very comfortably with very little or no money at all. This book is good for the homeless, the very poor, the unemployed, the low income person, the average income person. I highly recommended it. Best book I have ever read. Angel R.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila Lutz on January 18, 2012
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This was a really good read. The author goes over every aspect of living zero cost from seasteading, homesteading, homelessness, and so on. The book was both informative and thorough. Some of the ideas may be a bit much for my taste (like homeless), but he presents every aspect nonetheless. He also covers many ways to make zero cost living more pleasant, warm, and comfortable instead of a drudge, which is what it could be without using your noggin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B on February 6, 2013
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Even if you don't do everything in the book (I haven't yet), it is extremely informative. Anything and everything you might want to know about saving money, or living completely off grid it is here. The author even lists places you can get more information than is even in his book.
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