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The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  938 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
The astonishing reality of living without our most important resource. Imagine a year without spending any money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary and compelling story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and flourish for free. Encountering seasonal foods, solar ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 16th 2010 by Oneworld (first published 2010)
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Feb 24, 2011 Macario rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started reading this for the adventure and the idea. Put off by the theorizing and sermonizing about all the bad we do to the planet. I do applaud him for trying to make a change for a year but now its back to money Il sure. The problem here is that although he advocates that he didn't use his own money everything he had to do cost someone somewhere some money. Whether it was a few years ago or a few hundred years ago everything cost someone something. There are all kinds of cast off things but ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Feargal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most inspiring books I've ever read!

At the time of reading i was in a period of learning and trying to get my head around the sustainability crisis we face as a civilisation, deep stuff really.

Since reading this book Mark has become a personal hero of mine. Recommended to me as the modern day Walden. Having just read Walden before this I somewhat agree. Mark is a self confessed ordinary guy so I never expected the same standard of writing as Thoreau however it does make for a remarkab
Sep 18, 2011 Dinyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uang bagi manusia masa kini sudah identik dengan kepemilikan. Betapa kita terikat padanya, kita terima sebagai sebuah fakta bahkan mungkin sebagai salah satu kebenaran paling hakiki dalam kehidupan selain kredo bahwa hidup dan mati ada di tangan Tuhan. Oleh karena itu rasanya mustahil untuk membayangkan bahwa ada orang yang ingin hidup tanpa uang. Kecurigaan yag mungkin segera muncul adalah ide semacam itu tentu datang dari orang yang miskin, yang kekurangan atau malah tidak punya uang sama seka ...more
Sharon Davies
Jan 13, 2013 Sharon Davies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great read, but I love real people with real stories, who refuse to conform to how society states we should live. Wirth 1938, under the ‘Determinist theory’, coined the term ‘urban anomie’ to describe the way growing cities producing an urban outlook, ‘where ties of kinship and face to face association decline’ (Rich & Hadrill, 1991, p4; Wirth, 1938). The voids that appear in society’s everyday lives are replaced with materialistic goods. However, the resulting happiness is temporary, ...more
To be blunt, The Moneyless Man is a boring diary written by a boring man.

To be fair, Moneyless lacks a Hollywood storyline. Mark Boyle is a principled young man who sold his house(boat), quit his job, closed his bank account and went to live in a caravan in the middle of nowhere for a year. Not a huge amount happens to him in the caravan (no DRAMATIC INTERLUDES! ... no second-act decision to JACK THE WHOLE THING IN! ... not much of anything). And, unfortunately, Boyle doesn’t have enough skill a
É difícil avaliar este livro. Recomendo a toda a gente, para que nos lembremos do que é a vida e do que é que realmente importa e que se espalhe esse ensinamento. Este livro mostra como é deseperante constatar a nossa dependência do dinheiro e a extrema dificuldade que é viver sem dinheiro. A minha estrela a menos deve-se a alguns "exageros" e incoerências no percurso dele que não gostei, principalmente porque há uma constante demonização de tudo o que envolve dinheiro que acho descabida e també ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because I was experimenting in spending very little on food per week, to see how possible it is, and I like the idea of living very simply and frugally in general, so I was curious to know what it was like to live on no money, and how this could be achieved. I found it an interesting read, and was impressed by Mark Boyle's honest up-front style, and the values he imposed upon his experiment - not to let others buy him food or drink as a favour, for instance. He exchanged his l ...more
Jul 12, 2010 Nikkishell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eco, non-fiction
Loved this book. It really made me think about how much money i spend. It made me question how i spend my money and how much of what i purchase is needed and what is unnecessary crap. I already question my purchases: 'Do i need this?', 'Why do i need it?', 'How much use will i get from it?', 'Is is worth it's cost?', 'What is it's background, where was it made, who made it and how much were they paid?'.
Spending is a very hard habit to break, i don't plan to go as far as Mark and live moneyless b
May 29, 2011 ReviewBuku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sebagian besar kita terobsesi dengan kemapanan. Karena itu jika ada orang yang meninggalkan kemapanan untuk sesuatu yang belum jelas, tentu menarik untuk disimak. Mark Boyle, adalah salah satunya.
Boyle adalah seorang pengelola perusahaan makanan organik di Inggris. Pengetahuannya di bidang ekonomi membuka matanya bahwa apa yang terjadi di dunia saat ini merupakan kesalahan yang akan mempercepat kehancuran peradaban manusia. Manusia saat ini begitu konsumtifnya sehingga segala sesuatu pasti akan
When I first began to read this book I must admit I was a little cynical about a young economics graduate and businessman choosing to establish himself to live without money for a year. Just as he points out that some contributors on his website also suspected that he had some kind of trust funding behind him, so I wondered about the legitimacy of his attempt to embrace a lifestyle very different from the one he had been living.
As the book lays out his own ups and downs about his own thinking p
Frazer Shaw
I started this book because I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what the effects of trying to exist without money would be, I thought it would be more of a look at the personal struggles than it was.

Moneyless Man started with a fairly dull section basically explaining what money is and why it is bad, it then grew in to something that really sounded like it was going to be interesting. An experiment not only in economics but in sociology. How would someone cope if they reject t
I feel a bit guilty giving this book such a low rating, but... let me try to justify it:

It was a really interesting book. Lots of useful information, lots of good points, lots of things that I promptly looked up for more information. However...

I had a really difficult time sympathising with the author. He gets, well, somewhat preachy at times, and he sometimes gives off the impression that he thinks that anyone who uses money - and prefers to continue using money - is flat-out wrong. Bear in min
Jack Oughton
Dec 08, 2016 Jack Oughton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's quite a lot to say about this book.

1. Mark is a SERIOUSLY hardcore guy. The Chuck Norris of hippies, dare I say? Straight up went to live in a trailer in the woods, enduring winter - not buying ANYTHING, even after breaking up with his girlfriend, whilst cycling and walking everywhere, dumpster diving, and arranging a 'no money' festival. And he came out of it claiming to be happier and healthier than ever. Fkn hero.

2. His philosophy behind 'freeconomic living' is very exciting and well
Zoffix Znet
Nov 10, 2013 Zoffix Znet rated it it was amazing
A well-written and insightful story of a man standing up for his beliefs as an environmentalist. The book details how Mark Boyle lived without a penny for an entire year, living through Freeconomics and other goods- and skill-sharing communities, foraging and growing food, and collecting the edible food grocery stores are forced to throw away. At the start of his journey, Mark (and of course many same-minded people in the community) manages to arrange a feast for 150 people—completely free. At t ...more
Oct 13, 2011 Roisin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was an inspiration and Mark is someone living his values to the fullest. His journey is challenging on all levels, emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. In a world that revolves around money he gives some hope as he thrives off nature. Everything is of course slower and makes you appreciate everything so much more.

As a child I would always ask my parents why this piece of paper with a five pound sign on it was so important, like could I not draw one and use that
Louise Armstrong
Quite interesting. I think it's worth considering all options, which is why I read it, but if we all lived in caravans and chopped our own wood, the UK would become one giant allotment site, which I don't fancy. It would be nice with a smaller population. The greenest thing you can do for this planet is to not have a child.

I also think there's nothing intrisically wrong with money - it's just a medium of exchange. The human weaknessess and limitations that cluster around money pop up in every s
Apr 30, 2011 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes, he relies on the odd hand out...yes, he had a mobile and a laptop with him...yes, others who support free living are probably selfish spongers...yes, it's a good parlour game to pick holes in the consistency of Mark Boyle's arguments but, in all, this is a really important book in helping us realise how much we rely on lucre to live our lives.

Polemical in places but mostly convincing, Boyle teaches us to see how we can rely on the natural resources around us in order to try and build an alt
Apr 06, 2011 Persephone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous book. It really made me think about all the work that would have to go into producing the things that I use everyday as "cheap disposable goods". I probably wouldn't go to the length that the author did but I definately have been made to see that it is time to cut back on retail purchases. It's time to slow down and start producing more of my own things such as fruits and veggies.
Another wonderful concept presented in this book was the concept of simply giving and recieving. Kind of li
Apr 10, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Loved this book! The author (from the UK) goes a year without taking or using money, instead, relying on foraging, dumpster diving, freecycling, freeskilling, etc.... The book not only offers practical tips on living money-free, but also provides a theoretical framework for his project, explaining how money divorces us from the environmental and human costs of our consumption-based frenzy. The author also undergoes somewhat of a spiritual awakening throughout the book, becoming increasingly awar ...more
Frederick Dsouza
Oct 13, 2011 Frederick Dsouza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: money
ecellent. I am following Mark Boyle since he started living without money more than two years back. His freeconomy site allows people to share skills, tool and has blogs and forum to give and take. He lives without money and proceeds go to building first freeconomy village. Its about sustainable living and moneyless living. He recommends to those who wants the book for free to have their local librarian of the library get it so they and others can read for free. Most w ...more
Matt Stevens
Oct 13, 2011 Matt Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Matt by: Friend - Jake
Definitely in my Top 3 books of the year so far. Inspiring, an incredible story of someone doing something I couldn't have imagined before. Very-well written, and surprisingly funny. Boyle self-deprecates a lot, doesn't take himself too seriously, yet his accomplishments are inspiring millions around the world.

A real perspective changer, he shares lots of insights which I assume one could only attain by going out to the frontiers, between civilisation and the wild. No end of useful hints at how
Ellya Khristi
Dec 01, 2011 Ellya Khristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
di saat kita mulai muak dengan segala hal yang bisa dibeli dengan uang atau penyalahgunaan fungsi uang di luar sana, cerita Mark Boyle menarik untuk disimak, walau tentu saja untuk menerapkannya pada kehidupan sehari-hari, butuh mental baja, komitmen yang kuat dan basis komunitas yang menunjang. saya kurang tahu apakah ada orang Indonesia yang sudah mencoba menerapkan pola hidup seperti ini, tapi kalo ada...seru kali ya :D mengingat iklim, pola hidup dan pasar disini beda dengan di USA. jadi pen ...more
May 13, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love stunt books. In The Money-less Man Mark Boyle lives for a year without money. He lives in a trailer on land loaned to him in exchange for labor. He has a composting toilet, solar panels and a rocket stove. In the past he lived on a boat, so the small-space, do with less lifestyle works for him. He barters, dumpster dives, forages and grows his own food. It helps that he is a Vegan. His goal in all this was to reduce impact on the earth, and create a dialog about our money culture. Thought ...more
Mark G
Oct 13, 2011 Mark G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i loved this book ! Mark tells his story in away that is easy to understand. people say his way of life is extreme but his way is no more extreme than destroying the planet and fellow humans to massage your ego with new cars and up to the minute gadgets etc.
i read this book and unlike may other books you dont forget about it by the time you pick up the next, this book really gave me food for thought and this may make you change the way you look at your life and the people around you. great read
Chris Bowen
Sep 06, 2010 Chris Bowen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had just finished reading, "Twelve by Twelve" by William Powers and was hesitant to read another similar book. I mean, how many books about guys dropping out of the rat race can one guy read? But, I'm really glad I did. I'm particularly glad that I read the two books back-to-back. Where Powers' journey was more spiritual, Boyle wrote with more urgency; a deeper need to save the planet. It's a great book.
Apr 23, 2011 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very thought-provoking book. It has certainly made me think about things a little more. I adopt some of the practices in the book anyhow, and although (like many other people he encounters in the book), I feel I couldn't live without money, it has made me want to implement even more methods of freeconomic living.
Kimberly Ann
This guy has some interesting and very relevant ideas. I wonder if he will maintain this lifestyle if/when he gets married and has a family???? HE is on the right track though- we all need to consume less. His writing got a bit tedious, instead of being all about his experiences, it was a lot of his ideas.
Jan 19, 2014 Katrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A great concept and good to see there are alternative ways to live that will help our planet. But he was a little impractical at times and some parts were very preachy.
Tom Byron
Boyle in 2008 decided to do an experiment where he would live without any cash for one year.It ended up being forever as to this day he is still doing it, so I have to hand it to the guy.This book could have been better and I will try to explain. I am not sure what I was expecting when I got this but it seemed a bit ''rambly''. The weak aspect is how much he went on about getting ready his publicity and media interviews to promote his belief in Freeganism .He did all of this way ahead of him act ...more
Feb 22, 2017 Pia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- straightforward read with a fascinating concept
- money is so ingrained in our society and I definitely see how it's problematic
- society is driven by consumerism and we're constantly striving to have more
- some food for thought about ways to make adjustments in own life to ease the impact
- some of the inserts in the book were a bit random at times i.e. they weren't always contextually relevant
- some further reading is going to come out of this book as he referenced other moneyless people
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Mark Boyle aka The Moneyless Man (born 8 May 1979) is a business graduate who lived completely without money for three years, and is the best-selling author of The Moneyless Man (2010), and The Moneyless Manifesto (2012) and Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi (2015).

He is a director of Streetbank, a charity which enables people across the world to share skills and resources with neighbours. Ma
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“Earning money from, and supporting, a system that keeps these people in poverty in the first place and then gives them some of the profits in the form of "strings-attached" aid or World Bank and IMF loans is no more ridiculous than Shell or Esso giving Greenpeace or Friends of the Earth £10,000 to help clear up the destruction that they inevitably cause. Would it not be better not to cause the destruction in the first place?” 1 likes
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