Hard Core Poor - a book on extreme thrift Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00PYD535U
- Publication date : November 20, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 478 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- Lending : Enabled
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#2,271 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1 in Personal Budgeting
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Hard Core Poor is so much more than that. The author reviews this type of common knowledge, because it's tried and true. But she takes it a step further too. For instance, in the section on heating and cooling she describes how to use bubble wrap to insulate windows. Once I read it, the idea seemed so obvious. It's great for renters because there is no damage done to the windows. It's great for retired people, because there's no climbing rickety ladders. It's great for young people, because there are no special skills or expensive tools required. Plus the light can still shine through the windows, so you're not living in the dark. This is just a single tip, in a book chock full of similarly practical and sensible suggestions.
Another thing I found in this book, that I don't find in many other thrift books is a thorough and compelling look at modern technology. From cable television alternatives, to spending the least possible on cell phones and wireless plans, there are dozens of methods to maintain our modern connection to technology while sticking to even the most meager of budgets. I found some ideas that we'll be able to implement that will save us at least $70 a month, or $840 a year. That is not a small chunk of change for us.
Sangree explores ways to save in all areas of life, from housing and banking, to taxes, babies and children, cleaning, transportation, education and even paying off debts. Of particular interest to me were the many warnings Sangree shares about scams and tricks designed to prey upon those of us with low incomes. They are explained simply and clearly so that we can steer clear of these things and hold on to the income we do have, instead of losing it to false promises made by folks who are only interested in lining their own pockets with our hard earned cash.
Hard Core Poor provides an honest to goodness look at practical, sensible, and realistic methods of saving money everywhere one possibly can. Sangree talks about the reality of comfort zones, dignity, and pride with gentle tact and matter-of-fact realism. This is another topic that I've noticed many other authors omit, and one that is vitally important to those of us struggling to make ends meet.
I've found Hard Core Poor especially encouraging in my own endeavors to spend less and save more. Every section is like a pep talk about why I'm doing what I'm doing and how to keep doing it. Living a frugal lifestyle is hard. It takes a bit more thought and effort than just throwing money at all of my problems. It takes deliberation and care. Applying the tips and using the resources in this book makes living the frugal lifestyle easier for me, besides saving me real cash in my living expenses.
The only complaint I have is that in the Kindle Version there is no Table of Contents and no Index. I have to bookmark the parts I like as I find them, in order to find them again. Sangree's book is very much a homespun creation, written from the heart by a woman who has clearly spent plenty of time in the trenches of frugal living. Being homespun it costs less than it would from a major publisher, a fact that my pocketbook appreciates. But there are drawbacks too, such as a lack of Table of Contents. I subtracted 1/2 a star from my rating for this reason, giving it 4-1/2 stars total, which rounds up to 5 stars. Still, if the only complaint I have is about the formatting, and not the contents itself, then I don't have much to complain about.
I highly recommend Hard Core Poor. It delivers genuinely useful information, and will pay for itself the first time you use it. It easily rises above the competition and I consider it a shiny new treasure in my library.
We give this book all five stars. Hard Core Poor was one of the first books we recommended to our readers on our How to Manage Your Monkey blog.
This book is well-written. It provides readers many different ways to save money. Some extreme, others not quite as extreme.
We suggest you read Hard Core Poor, The Financial Briefing, Money Won’t Buy Happiness, Total Money Makeover, The Millionaire Next Door, The Wealthy Barber, Master Your Cash Flow, and Finding Your Money’s Greater Purpose, in that order. This will provide you with most, if not all, the tools you will need to manage your financial monkeys.
We obtained this book through a KDP promotion where we got a Kindle version free. We later bought a paperback copy of the book to give to our daughter. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.
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There aren't any links to click on in this story but it isn't that difficult to google any program that she recommends. I like that she mentions Dave Ramsey but doesn't make the whole book about him. I like that she speaks from experience and is passing on techniques that worked for her. There isn't a one size fits all method for improving your financial life so it is important to continue to seek out ways to save. I like the list of work at home scams she has listed too. You don't need to be a victim of a scam when you can barely afford to eat dinner. There is a section on banks and how to survive an overdraft and I wish I would have had that information when I was younger. My favorite idea from the book is using bubble wrap as an insulator on windows in the winter.
This is a book that I recommend everyone read and get a realistic perspective on their situation.
Aside from that major point, it's a pretty helpful book. It has tips for decluttering, what a basic wardrobe needs to look like, tips for raising kids on the cheap, how to make your heater & a/c work better & more efficiently...
Worth a read for sure. Just get your cloth diaper advice from someone that can help you develop a personalized routine. (My personal fav is Fluff Love & Cloth Diaper Science on Facebook)