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10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget Review

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Earlier this week I gave away three copies of Wise Bread’s new book – 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, while promising a review later in the week.

Like Wise Bread, this book is colorful, approachable, and while I haven’t confirmed the actual number of tips, 10,001 doesn’t seem that far off. The two main sections of the book are Frugality and Personal Finance, with a staggering 196 pages devoted to Frugality alone. If you’re going to live large on a small budget, frugality is going to have to be a regular part of your vocabulary!

The book is set up as a collection of tips centered about a theme. For example, Frugality is broken up into seven sub-categories:

  • Food & Drink
  • Travel
  • Health & Beauty
  • Fun & Entertainment
  • Shopping & Bargain Hunting
  • Green Living
  • Education & Self Improvement

Within, say, Travel, there are sets of tips that will help you maximize your enjoyment of life while saving you money. Not everything is a money saving tip, for example, one of the tips in a section titled 16 Ways to Light and Low Budget recommends that you try to pack as light as possible, using miniature items or limit how many shoes you pack. While you could argue this saves you on checking bags, the real motivation for this is so that you can maximize your enjoyment while minimizing how much luggage you lug around.

One of my favorite sections was, surprise surprise, in the Travel section and it starts on page 54 – 9 Great Ways to See the World for Free. It lists nine programs where you can volunteer and see the world for free (some even offer a small stipend). There are four long term programs of several years (like the Peace Corp and United Nations) and five shorter term programs of a few weeks (like Winrock International and ACDI/VOCA). Given my flexible work arrangement, a two or three week volunteer trip might be in our future.

I want to warn you though, this review may be biased because I’ve liked every person I’ve interacted with at Wise Bread, but I still think it’s a great value at a mere $10 on Amazon. You’re basically paying a tenth of a penny per “tip” and you get colorful illustrations along the way! If nothing else, get your local library to get a copy so everyone can take advantage of it.

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8 Responses to “10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget Review”

  1. Splendor says:

    I’ll have to check it out. I read their website all the time.

  2. LOL @ a tenth of a penny per tip…I like that!

    Be sure to check GloombergNews this week where we are reviewing and giving away one copy of the same book for FREE courtesy of WiseBread!

  3. and Jim…

    may I add: sorry for the hidden spam…
    please don’t throw me back in akismet ;)

  4. thomas says:

    Been seeing a lot of PF buzz around this book. I wonder what % of these tips will help above average savers.

  5. mbhunter says:

    The material is very easy to digest. I liked it very much.

  6. Linsey Knerl says:

    Thanks for the review, Jim!

    I’d like to answer Thomas’ question regarding “above average savers.” While I can’t give you numbers, I can say that from experience, Wise Bread’s unique community addresses this very question. I consider myself an “above average saver”, but I don’t know EVERYTHING about frugality. That’s why I enjoy reading the other writer’s tips at Wise Bread. No one person has all the answers, and even those tips that are considered basic, common sense frugality will have some variation based on the personality and culture. (For example, I give a bit of rural flavor to tips that my city peers swear by, as well.) It’s our diversity that makes the book a very different kind of read, in my opinion.

    Best to you and your readers, Jim! For the record, I think we all like you very much, as well. (That’s my favorite kind of bias.)

    Linsey Knerl

  7. Sounds like an interesting read. I will have to check this out.

  8. Wow. I am glad I found this website. This looks like a terrific book to read and pass along. Jim, great stuff and information!


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