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How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle
Too many of us trade our happiness and well-being for the reliability of a steady paycheck. We work long hours at jobs we dislike or find unfulfilling so that we can buy a lot of stuff that never really seems to satisfy us. And when that paycheck turns out to be not so reliable, we panic. Unemployment terrifies us. Is there any way out of this dilemma? Charles Long reveals ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Warwick Publishing
(first published October 1st 1986)
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Feb 23, 2012 AJ rated it it was ok · review of another edition
This book is 16 years outdated, and a lot has happened to our economy in that time. So I would take a lot of the financial advice (which is pretty vague, like the part on investments) with a grain of salt. Otherwise this book has good ideas about how to save money, and how to decide how much you need to live. Once again, the age of this book shows. There's no mention of Freecycle or Craigslist because those technologies didn't exist in 1996. So there are a lot of ways to be frugal that aren't co ...more
I really enjoyed this manual and found a great deal of useful information in it. It was much more practical than many of the other "live without a salary" books and the writing was pretty humorous as well. As an added bonus (since I'm Canadian) the author is Canadian and some of the information was geared specifically to those living in Canada.
It was very informative. I liked it, but it lacked the 'spark' that could have made it motivational as well. It made me decide that I don't actually want to live cheap. I want to be rich. But not accumulate stuff. But I think it's a positive way to live one's life, and worth a read if you think you might be interested in living on less.
I'm not exactly sure why but I always get a kick out of these books. I don't want to live 'off the grid' or in extreme retirement but I always find the clever ways people manage to do as much very fascinating. Frugal living/environmental daily living practices have become such a hobby of mine that I look forward to books like these.
Interesting book. The author and his family survive by taking casual employment and consuming much less than the average family. Because the author is Canadian, information for both Canada and the United States is included. An inspirational guide for those who wish to drop out of the daily grind, retire early, or just consume less.
Really great Canadian-written book about not getting wrapped up in the rat-race and the my-career-defines-me lifestyle. Not as much info for the young and starting out as I'd have liked but still really informative and inspiring. Thought-provoking read. Great!