- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Warwick Publishing (July 20, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894622375
- ISBN-13: 978-1894622370
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,795,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle Paperback – July 20, 1996
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About the Author
Charles Long has written many articles on living outside of the mainstream for magazines such as Mother Earth News and Harrowsmith. He is also the author of The Backyard Stonebuilder, Cottage Projects, Life After the City, and the novel Undefended Borders. Mr. Long and his family have lived comfortably without a salary for decades in Ontario, Canada.
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Hey, I used to think I was cheap. This guy is CHEAP. His anecdotes include waiting for it to rain to take a shower instead of installing indoor plumbing. He had a big hole in the floor of his entryway, or somewhere in his house, into which the kids and a few guests fell. He refused to spend one cent covering the hole, until a neighbor told him about a steel grate they threw away years ago, so he went to the dump and found it.
The point is that you can learn from a top-notch "conserver"; an applied example I would give is to buy two gallons of milk when it's on sale and freeze one for later use (works well!). This guy probably drinks powdered milk though.
I disagree with his economic analysis; prudence CAN be a vice, as any virtue most certainly is in its extreme, or even overdone. But Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations is not just about "McPimple Burger" or keeping up with the Joneses. Any system on a mass scale is going to have gaping faults, and the weaker of us might succumb to our basest impulses. But perhaps Long goes a bit too far the other way...
At any rate, he sounds like an economic anarchist. Very well thought out book, great advice. I borrowed the book from the library and laughed about how this guy would have to recommend doing so...and later on in the book he actually does recommend it! econ