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Frugillionaire: 500 Fabulous Ways to Live Richly and Save a Fortune

3.06  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
What if being frugal made you feel like a million bucks? You'd live a rich and happy life--while saving more money than you ever imagined! If you're frustrated with your finances, drowning in debt, or just wondering where your money goes each month, don't despair. For in these pages lies the secret to financial peace and harmony: how to become a frugillionaire. Unlike mill ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published June 24th 2009 by Anja Press
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Mar 17, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who really have no clue where their money goes to
Shelves: 2011
This book sounded like something I could use. Get the best with less money out of some things in life, and enjoy the rest in full.

But there was very little what I could use or didn't think or didn't do already before. I've lived thru my student years (many) and before a decent salary years with my means, and I've never needed to get a loan. I'll be far better off picking a few habits I had as a student than actually gaining anything from the tips in this book (except maybe comparing car insuranc
Apr 06, 2011 Persephone rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Pointless. By the time you get to where you are picking up books at the library about ways to save money and live more frugally you will be WAY beyond the need for these neophyte tips. Maybe good for really young newlyweds.
Sep 26, 2015 Millie rated it did not like it
Shelves: misc-nonfiction
This book is quite rubbish. It's full of common sense advice that people looking to save money already know, or could access for free on the internet. Some of the advice is not frugal, it's cheap, and in supporting it you'll be supporting the exploitation of resources and people. Not very impressed.
Many of the 500 fab ways to live richly are no-brainers so I didn't find this book as useful and as motivating as Jay's other books.
Feb 02, 2012 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
The advice is all common sense. Just once I'd like to see someone offer up something new and interesting in a book on saving money/budgeting.
Kristal Cooper
Sep 15, 2014 Kristal Cooper rated it liked it
Most of this is common sense but I still think anyone would benefit from flipping through it and getting a few ideas about how to be a little more thrifty.

I would have rated it a little higher if: (A) she kept on topic a bit more. Sometimes it seemed like she was writing a book of ideas for what to do on a rainy day or how to entertain kids who are bored on summer vacation because some of the suggestions weren't very cost-conscious. "Learn an Instrument" and "Get Crafty" are not cheap ideas. (B
Apr 14, 2012 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: simple-living
This book had really negative reviews on Amazon - people saying it was too obvious, too repetitive, very Americentric - but I decided to read it anyway, since I'm focusing on simplicity and frugality in my life at the moment, and I figured that with 500 tips, there would be at least one useful one. And that logic proved to be right - the vast majority of tips were things I do anyway (make my own meals, use the library, go for nature walks, etc.) and there was a lot of repetition, but there were ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013, prime
Plenty of the ideas were not new to me, or weren't applicable to me, but I liked how the book got me to think creatively. It could have been organized better, and while it was formatted great for my Kindle, I'm not sure I would have wanted to read in print. I borrowed this through the Amazon Prime lending library.
Jul 16, 2016 Tia rated it it was ok
Some useful tips, mostly seemed like a collection of life hacks. Not a horrible book, just didn't keep me interested. I skimmed over a lot of things that were not super helpful. I'm sure someone would find the things useful that I did not find useful, so it isn't just a book I wouldn't recommend to everyone, but there are definitely good things in there.
Stacy Naberhuis
Feb 10, 2015 Stacy Naberhuis rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
There were a lot of good ideas about how to live without spending a ton of money in here. Granted a lot of it I already did, or like in the case of the Children chapter didn't apply, but I enjoyed the parts that were new to me. Even if you don't decide to try any of these ideas, they still make you think about where you are spending your money
Leigh Lindahl
A place to start

A quick easy read. Well organized. I especially appreciated the philosophy chapter. This book would be of most use to someone just beginning to purge their lifestyle.
May 14, 2011 Amanda rated it it was ok
Yes, there were 500 ways to live frugally. I haven't read a ton of books on being frugal, but most of the ideas were not new ones (such as don't pay full price for items). There were a couple I hadn't heard of, just as using honey to give oneself a facial, and I think I'll actually try it.
Jul 16, 2015 Anwen rated it liked it
Some good tips here and not written in too patronizing style. The author is American, so some of the advice is centred on an American life style, but there are plenty of ideas suitable for wherever you may live.
Jan 19, 2016 La added it
The author is cheerful and chirpy, my only grouse is she likes exclamation marks a tad too much!!!!!
If you can ignore that, you may enjoy her tips and advice on how to be frugal and happy:0
Nica Krebs
Mar 14, 2013 Nica Krebs rated it liked it
Well - common sense is enough - no need to buy the book. Nevertheless a nice reminder for saving money and - better - ressources.
Aug 02, 2011 Roanne rated it it was ok
Fellow reader/reviewer Anna has said everything I have to say about this book, and no doubt more eloquently and succinctly than I would have. sum it all up: a major disappointment.
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