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Penny Pinchin' Mama 500 ways I lived on $500 a month

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As a single mother of two, best selling author Jill Cooper started her own business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income.

She then raised two teenagers alone on $500 a month income after becoming disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now she is one of the best known money saving moms on the Internet.

In her book she shares how s...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Kellam Media and Publishing Inc. (first published 2008)
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This book was a fast read. I read it in less than an hour. I think it probably took longer for me to decide to buy it than to read it. And if you need some tips on how to pinch those pennies it is a good one. For me this book is like reading an organizing book...I got it, I know how to do it, and for the most part I do all the things she mentions to do. I did learn three or four new ideas to save a few more dollars and I enjoyed her candor about not keeping up with the Jones's. So I'd recommend...more
I'm halfway through this book, it's an easy read (larger type & well-sectioned). Some of it is stuff I have already learned from my mother, she is good at living well on low funds so I picked up many great habits from her. Some of the tips are things that I don't need yet .. fortunately I haven't gotten that desperate yet. And others are ideas that I hadn't thought of yet that I may try out. Always good to learn something new.
I read this book a while ago after my 2nd divorce left me adrift in southern California, unemployed, and fighting for disability (which I'm still doing) and 2 small boys. This was the first set of suggestions I found out of dozens of books that weren't just common sense or things I'd already been doing since childhood. I have several of their books now and I'm on their email list. I haven't been disappointed yet.
This book gave me lots of ideas. It's definitely great for those on a fixed income or those who are interested in frugal living. The author has amazing suggestions.
I was disappointed when I received this book. Good ideas, but many of them I am already utilizing, so I didn't really learn anything "earth shattering".
Great money-saving ideas that people probably hadn't thought of before. Good to have in case we are ever in a financial bind. :)
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