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

Updated on July 11, 2009

I recently finished reading a new book on frugal living. 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, by the writers of Wise Bread, is a frugal living book that could benefit so many people. When I first heard about it I wondered how it would compare to what has frequently been deemed the bible of frugality, The Complete Tightwad Gazette. While The Complete Tightwad Gazette is all about cutting corners and doing everything as cheaply as possible, 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is all about ways to live frugally, while not cutting corners and living cheaply. If you want to have a very nice lifestyle, but still save money, then this book is for you. If you want your money to stretch as far as possible and afford you as many luxuries as you can get, this book will help you do that.

I really like the way this book is laid out. Rather than being a large amount of tips randomly listed, it is first divided up into two sections; frugal living and personal finance. Furthermore each section is divided into sections as well. The frugal living section has parts on food and drink, travel, health and beauty, fun and entertainment, shopping and bargain hunting, green living, and education and self improvement. The personal finance section has parts on financial planning and budgeting, credit cards and debt, investing your money, housing and home improvement, and career and money making ideas. With over 300 pages of tips, this book is well worth the money.

What I like about this book the most is that there are many topics covered and each one has specific ways to save money. For instance, in the travel section on page 57, there is a list of "6 Savvy Ways to Travel Around a City". The fun and entertainment section has "8 Tips for Getting the Most from All-You-Can-Eat Buffets" and many more such sections. In the personal finance section there is a list of "20 Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back". There are also 6 Clever Green Gifting Strategies, 6 Horrible Financial Products You Should Avoid, How to Start a Roth IRA, 8 Truths from a Mystery Shopper, and How to Save Money by Taking a Vacation.

10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is very well written and full of great tips. The Wise Bread authors have a wonderful blog too and they all contributed to this book. These days everyone is looking for ways to save money and most people don't want to change their lifestyle to do it. This book will help you achieve your goals and save you money. Can't get much better than that, right?


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    • Kushal Poddar profile image

      Kushal Poddar 

      9 years ago from Kolkata,India

      It is very interesting.

    • bala99 profile image

      Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 

      9 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

      Got to buy it. I think it is a recession essential. Thank you for the information.

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      9 years ago from MA, USA

      "How to save money by taking a vacation?", now I can live with that! Great review as usual Jennifer.


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