I just finished reading the new book by the bloggers over at Wise Bread. Their book, 10,001 Way to Live Large on a Small Budget, gives many thousands (ten actually) of tips on living frugal and personal finance.
The book is easy to read through quickly. It is designed in a way that helps you to drill in on what you care about and skip the parts that you don’t. I, for example, read the section of 21 beer tips word for word. I skipped over the wedding section, as that part doesn’t really matter to me.
The book has great tips that can help you in the kitchen, planning do it yourself projects, traveling, choosing a bank, and other tips that you can really use in your everyday life.
What I Liked: The quick read format that helped me learn what I cared about quickly. I did not have to spend hours and hours reading through irrelevant tips. Many of the tips were helpful and I will take to heart. I tried cooking for a week (not up to the 30 days in the book), and it was a handy time saving tip. I also liked the ideas about creating your own on-the-go snack packs.
What I Didn’t Like: Like many personal finance books and websites, there were some tips that are a little too frugal for my liking. I am never going to turn my heat down below 67 in the winter. I am going to head to the salon and pay for a haircut that makes me happy. I am going to spend money in life. Many of the tips were great to help me save without a big quality of life change, but I am not going to go crazy. That is not what I am about, I would rather live happy than super frugal.
Overall: The book is definitely worth a read. Now that I have read through it, I think I am going to keep it as a reference book for organizing and saving money around the house. I am a 24 year old guy, I can always use help in the kitchen. I hope to be handy around the house when I buy a home, and this book can help with that too. If you don’t end up buying it, be sure to at least check out the website, WiseBread.com, for free tips of frugality and personal finance.
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