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How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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This book is 16 years outdated, and a lot has happened to our economy in that time.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
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Aug 16, 2011 Marjorie Elwood rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 22, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
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.
Jul 26, 2015 KJ rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 04, 2015 Gina rated it really liked it
Written in the mid-1990s. Yeah, it's dated --- all the reviews here say so -- but, you know, it's pretty simply mentally updated. A great basic primer on how not to be a slave to consumerism.
Jan 27, 2016 JimZ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Think it can't be done? Take a look. A great contribution to human welfare.
Dec 10, 2014 Deb rated it liked it
Dreaming of living even simpler and this lends further inspiration.
Dec 27, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it
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.
May 09, 2008 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Christina Aguilar
Mar 08, 2015 Christina Aguilar rated it it was ok
too much emphasis on going to auctions and yard sales, like that's the most important way to save money. also, when I read "6% interest on savings account," I knew I shouldn't take the book seriously. but it's old, what can I do?
Jan 28, 2016 Caryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great information on free-lancing, getting out of debt, shopping for bargains - but he goes farther, too. Really loving this one.
Aug 30, 2016 Janna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Review coming. This was my... I dunno... fifth? Sixth? time through. I love this book.
Jun 07, 2013 Laura added it
Great information, I would like to read more books by this author
I won't have a salary soon, so how does that work?
Oct 06, 2012 Lori rated it it was ok
If only.
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