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365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money Paperback – December 17, 2008
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I would buy this book for someone new to frugality who wants a light, up-to-date read that gets to the point - no spending several chapters developing a frugal philosophy. Such a person might be frightened away by the Complete Tightwad Gazette or Your Money or Your Life. I wouldn't buy it for someone experienced with frugality.
But if a book needs to have completely new information to be worth reading, then practically every book on cooking, marketing, small business, investing, fitness, taxation, self-improvement, etc would be a waste of time and money. *All* of that information is available for free somewhere on the web.
365 Ways to Live Cheap won't be life changing, but if you read it with an open mind you should easily be able to pick up a handful of tips worth trying--each of which would likely recover the $7 the book cost.
Thrift we had but name brand designer jeans we didn't. In my college years I dreamt of an adulthood that mirrored our spendthrift culture. However the experiences of my adult life have proven my parents correct. Despite the pipedreams we are sold on TV and in fashion magazines, at some time in most people's lives they are going to need to practice economy. However, few of us are taught how to think rationally about our spending. Seeing your pain incites famous fruggies such as Trent Hamm to publish, either online or in book format, usually what amounts to a list of ideas that have worked for him and others.
Frugalites from way back will read Hamm's small compilation of thrifty tips and and mutter "been there, done that." But this book isn't written for you. Astonishingly there are folks who are puzzled about how a library card works and who have never even gone grocery shopping with a list! Forget a meal plan. "Who has time for that?!" they yipe and then walk away worrying how to make that car payment.
Each section has a line item list of tips, something I thought made for a more efficient read. You can read all of the way through, or you can glance at the chapter headings and cherrypick those items that are new to you.
Pennypinchers will read this book since we are quite resourceful in gathering any nuggets that enhance the practice of our art.Read more ›
While I will say that many of the tips I've read before on the blog, I think this is a great addition to the bookstore shelves for those who don't follow The Simple Dollar. Every day, millions of people wander aimlessly through life spending money and surviving from paycheck to paycheck. A small $7.95 investment now can save them so much money later on.
This book also makes a great gift for anyone who is in need of a little financial makeover, don't let it's small size fool you - it's packed with lots of great information.
Several of my family members live beyond their means, have expressed a desire to change their ways, yet have done nothing about it thus far. This is a perfect book for them!
I remain highly impressed by Trent's ability to relate to his audience, and think the information in this guide is much more applicable to the average person than the "Tightwad Gazette". Trent- I commend you for not recommending rinsing and reusing ziploc bags! :-)
Some critics say it is all old-hat, and it might be, but no one has written all these ideas in a book you can sit there and read.
I'll recommend it.
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Bought 365 Ways to Live Cheap for my wife but both of us enjoy it. It’s amazing how many every day common sense methods there are to curb needless spending.Published 11 months ago by Michael