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365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money

3.21  ·  Rating Details ·  221 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Use cold water for most clothes washing and save up to $63 a year. Minimize your carload and reduce your gas mileage by as much as 5 percent. Invest in a deep freezer and fill it up with meat discounted at 30 percent or more.

Take a look at your life and you'll realize that there's almost always a way to make do on less. This book offers up a bevy of ways to cut down on cos
Paperback, 227 pages
Published December 17th 2008 by Adams Media Corporation (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dec 18, 2008 Anya rated it liked it
I adore Trent Hamm's blog,, where he shares tips and anecdotes from his ongoing attempts to live frugally. Trent's a sweet guy and a more-than-decent writer, a 20-something conservative Christian libertarian (also quite open-minded and curious about life) living in Iowa with his wife and two little kids. Our lives couldn't be more different, but I enjoy his methodical, non-preachy advice. His blog is loaded with value for anyone wishing to learn more about personal financ ...more
Laura Hughes
None of this will be particularly new if you're a reader of Trent Hamm's blog, "The Simple Dollar," but it might be nice to have Trent's typical advice (which is generally very solid) arranged together in list form. Each tip is explained with a few paragraphs and organized into sections. Some focus on frugal tactics: getting the most for your dollar at the grocery store, for example, or trimming your electric bill. Others focus on more general life advice, like choosing a frugal partner and surr ...more
Jun 17, 2014 Amy rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, kindle
Nothing new, common sense, don't unless it's free - heeeeeeey.... and there's bonus tip 366 on how to save money.
Liz De Coster
When a blog is turned into a book, sometimes it expands on the content of the blog, adding depth or context to the blog's topic. This isn't really one of those cases - I felt that almost every chapter or suggestion in the book could be directly connected to one of the blog posts from The Simple Dollar. I'd recommend the blog, instead, if you're interested in the topic.
May 08, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing
Easy, quick read with lots of good ideas and suggestions.
Oct 22, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
I figured with my baby due in three months that this could be a very useful book. It turns out that it has some incredibly good money saving tips! Not only did I learn new ways to save money, but I also learned more about retirement funds and mortgages. I recommend this short, informative book to everyone (literally)... after all who couldn't stand to save a little money.
Nov 20, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it
This is a handy guide with basic suggestions on how to save money. I didn't find too many that I could use, as either they weren't applicable to my living situation or they are ones that I have already put into use. However, it's a very good book for a young adult starting out living on his or her own.

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Michael J Rich
Sep 21, 2014 Michael J Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ideas for some

The book is organized into categories so finding or skipping clusters of ideas is simple (money saving tips for raising kids, vacations, buying a house, etc.). Some of the information is a bit dated, like the advice for modifying cell phone plans. Overall, a pretty good highly readable list of frugal strategies.
Apr 23, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Common sense. Nothing I haven't heard, and only a few items that we don't already do. If someone needs to start with reigning in spending, this could be a good way to start. If you are already on the 'thrifty' life plan not a good way to spend time.
Jul 06, 2014 kylajaclyn rated it liked it
Why this took me so long to finish, I don't really know. This book has good tips, although a lot of them are common sense. Mostly this book is good for staying on track; I read a lot of tips in here that my family already does. It's worth a read, though how much you learn will probably be based on the knowledge of finances you already have.
Oct 01, 2011 Mischelle rated it liked it
This was some good advice in this book. I do already follow some of these things before reading this. The clothes line is good. If you can't put up a clothes line, get one of the clothes racks from the store. There are stores that sale those rack to hang clothes on by a hanger. The best clothes racks are from a clothing store. When a clothing store went out of business, we were able to buy a few of their clothing racks. They are much better than the racks from the store in a box.

I do like how th
Jessica Blevins
Jan 09, 2009 Jessica Blevins rated it really liked it
I read this book mainly because I am a huge fan of the author's blog, The Simple Dollar, which offers daily tips and meditations on finance, work/life balance, environmental issues, and frugality.

If you've been a reader of The Simple Dollar for a few months, there's not much new in this book. However, it is nice to have all Trent Hamm's tips consolidated into one handy reference. I've flagged several tips that I want to try, such as cutting dryer sheets in half and making my own laundry deterge
Katharine Rudzitis
Jul 30, 2015 Katharine Rudzitis rated it liked it
Plenty of ideas for cutting back, but they probably won't be new if you follow and other PF/FI blogs.
Dec 06, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
Much of it is common sense for followers of Trent's blog however I would recommend this book for budget/saving novices.
May 29, 2015 Angelia rated it really liked it
I was surprised at how much I do already that was in the book,I learned some new things which I plan to put into practice immediately
Darla Deloera
Feb 29, 2016 Darla Deloera rated it really liked it
this would be a great gift for a young person. Lots of great suggestions!
Jerry Williams
Jan 11, 2016 Jerry Williams rated it liked it
Although I rarely ever skim through a Book, I felt that some of the advice was a little common sense at times and didn't apply to me at other times, I'm not faulting the Author for covering all of bases. I just found myself skipping through many chapters. However the advice on cluter, was very interesting. "Realize that clutter itself is a giant money sink"..."Don't upgrade your living space to house more stuff".
Claire Bear
Mar 01, 2016 Claire Bear rated it did not like it
I laughed a lot.
Feb 28, 2013 Gremlin rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
It's a cute and fast little book. Easy to read, easy to navigate, easy to understand.

The tips are hit or miss. Most of them are good ideas, but obviously how many work for you will depend on your lifestyle and your general awareness towards money and frugality.

In my case, my lifestyle is already fairly alternative, and I am fairly aware of my finances and keeping a low cost of living, so most of the ideas were things I already knew.

But the info could be good for others in a different boat.
Nov 30, 2012 8588cee rated it it was ok
There are lots of ideas and ways to save money by being cheap! I am too cheap and I borrowed this book at no cost... This book has been filled with need of common sense and stuff that we already know ways to save money. There are few suggestions that I have not known that you can save money that are based on. It is good book for someone who really needs to save every penny as order to survive.
Jackie Wolfred
Aug 06, 2011 Jackie Wolfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thrift-minded people
This handy book is a good resource for someone starting to live more frugally. I didn't realize when I checked it out at the public library that it was written by the Founder of, which I subscribe to. Even though I am doing most of what the book touts and then some, it was a good reminder of how to live thoughtfully CHEAP.
Oct 09, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
This book is a good beginner's guide to saving money. The points are short and easy to understand. Quick read and easy to implement most of the ideas. However, very few ideas for people who have already been living a more frugal life and some of the ideas I actually disagree with. But, good starting point.
May 21, 2010 Inder rated it liked it
Shelves: simplicity, green, money
Gimmicky, and mostly no-brainers, but a fun quick read between other things. There are several ideas here that I will definitely implement - I loved the idea of debt "snowflaking" (in addition to "snowballing"), and there are some concretely helpful suggestions on cutting energy costs, etc.
Jun 13, 2011 Aspasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, money
A lot of these tips are a no-brainer to someone who has been raised to live a frugal lifestyle. This book would be best for someone who has had to downgrade their lifestyle and needs help switching from high maintenance to low maintenance costs.
Feb 07, 2013 Desiree rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013-challenge
It had a lot of information but most of it was common sense. This is more of a book for someone with absolutely no clue on how to save money. I honestly did not take anything away from reading this book.
Feb 09, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it
I don't think I'm the target audience for this book. I would recommend it to someone who is starting out on a lifestyle change to save more money.
Amy M.
May 28, 2010 Amy M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-the-library
This is filled with good, practical tips that anyone can use. I've now subscribed to his blog
Jul 19, 2012 Shelly rated it really liked it
This had a lot of good information on it.
I'm glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying it!
Mar 31, 2009 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, finance
Cute book, easy read, tips are easy to implement. Recommended for "beginners level" cheapos!
Grant Laird
Sep 21, 2014 Grant Laird rated it it was amazing
It was okay. They could have put more details yet they keep it simple.
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