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The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets and - the unthinkable - a cash-free Christmas, this book puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Oneworld Oxford (first published 2010)
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Rosie Nguyễn
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Một quyển sách kỳ quái của một con người cực đoan. Nhưng đề cập tới những vấn đề rất có lý, về việc con người chúng ta đang phung phí tài nguyên từ năng lượng, thức ăn, đất đai...ra sao và tiền cũng như sự chạy theo đồng tiền đã hủy hoại trái đất như thế nào. Bằng việc lựa chọn 1 năm sống không sử dụng tiền, hằng ngày làm việc, trồng trọt và lục thùng rác lấy thức ăn còn tốt mà bị bỏ đi để tự nuôi sống bản thân, Mark đã minh chứng cho những giá trị cuộc sống mà anh tin tưởng bằng chính cuộc đời ...more
Bach Tran Quang
Mình đọc cuốn này vào một thời điểm tương đối kỳ lạ: đó là bản thân mâu thuẫn giữa hai việc cố gắng kiếm rất rất nhiều tiền và kiếm vừa đủ nhưng có thời gian cho những dự định riêng của cá nhân.

Tất cả chúng ta đều phụ thuộc vào tờ giấy thông hành mang tên tiền này. Có khi cả ngày chúng ta đều sẽ vật lộn với suy nghĩ về nó. Ngay cả tác giả của cuốn sách Sống Không Cần Tiền này cũng vậy thôi, hy vọng anh cũng đã nhìn ra vấn đề đó.

Đây là một cuốn sách gợi mở, bạn sẽ học được rất rất nhiều điều thú
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Macario
Feb 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feargal
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nicola
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Dinyah
Sep 18, 2011 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Anh Dũng
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
#Working #EscapeFromChina #WaitingOnBoard

Nhìn cái tựa thì có vẻ như anh tác giả này bất cần nhưng không phải vậy. Anh ta care tới cả tương lai của nhân loại đó.

P/s: Cũng từng có lúc mình cũng làm vài chuyện để bảo vệ môi trường tính ra cũng giống người lắm mà mọi người cứ kêu mình khác người, giờ bỏ rồi, cảm thấy bất lực hết sức. Trong khi ráng giảm thiểu được vài cái bọc nilong thì ngoài kia người ta xả thải official tấn tấn ra biển. Tuyệt vọng lời!
Ricardo
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Gail
Apr 13, 2012 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
Nikkishell
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Phúc Võ
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ba phút tóm tắt cho cuốn nhật kí của tác giả trong một năm sống không tiền:

(view spoiler)
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Michelle
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: activism
I couldn't decide whether to give this book a 3 or a 4, so ended up going lower. The Moneyless Man is a fascinating, thought-provoking social experiment - humorous yet serious, both a philosophical and practical account of living a year without money. Is it really possible to live without money in a monetary system? I would say no as it's almost impossible to draw a line on where money starts and stops, however Mark creates and lives by clear rules for himself. He highlights several crucial them ...more
Lucy
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nacházíme se v kritickém bodě dějin. Nemůžeme mít donekonečna rychlá auta, počítače o velikosti kreditek a všechny moderní vymoženosti, a zároveň čistý vzduch, hojnost děštných pralesů, čerstvou pitnou vodu a stabilní klima. Naše generace může mít jedno, nebo druhé, ale ne obojí. Lidstovo si musí vybrat!
Eko Wurianto
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Joanna
Look, it is just time to kill the myth that vegans don't need to shower. You do guys. You do.
Hung
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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S'hi
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
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Frazer Shaw
May 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Liralen
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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Jack Oughton
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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Zoffix Znet
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Roisin
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Louise Armstrong
Dec 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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Rob
Apr 30, 2011 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
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Persephone
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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Kim
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: money
ecellent. I am following Mark Boyle since he started living without money more than two years back. His freeconomy site www.justfortheloveofit.org 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 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ellya Khristi
Dec 01, 2011 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
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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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“We're at a crucial point in history. We cannot have fast cars, computers the size of credit cards, and modern conveniences, whilst simultaneously having clean air, abundant rainforests, fresh drinking water and a stable climate. This generation can have one or the other but not both. Humanity must make a choice. Both have an opportunity cost. Gadgetry or nature? Pick the wrong one and the next generations may have neither.” 2 likes
“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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