Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Non-Fiction/Self Help
Approximate word count: 10-11,000 words
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An elementary school teacher who married a Marine, Erin Frey’s books are aimed at communicating things she learned the hard way to make it easier for others. Her dream is to one day write a romance novel.
“Who says you can't have a fulfilling lifestyle without disposable income? That's a myth! The secret to living well on very little is a combination of managing what you have wisely, cutting back in some places, and learning how to earn a few extra dollars or collecting rewards for things you already do. You'll learn about free or inexpensive entertainment, the power of brand disloyalty, and a host of other things that are so obvious, you won't believe you weren't doing them before.
This self-help collection of tricks and tips is separated into three categories: Easy Hacks (incredibly simple ways to save), It's a Chore (practices requiring moderate effort), and Superman of Savings (only for the motivated). You'll find ideas to help you start saving, earning, and stretching your dollars further than you ever thought possible!”
As the author explains in the introduction, this book came about when she and her husband got out of the military and they moved for him to attend college on the GI bill, shrinking their family income from two wage earners to zero. Although not as extensive as some books I’ve read on the subject, I also didn’t feel that Frey’s money saving suggestions were too far out there, which was the case with a few books with the same aim. I especially liked the way she broke the ideas into three categories based on the effort to implement them and a couple of the “easy hacks” (suggestions that take minimal effort) were new ideas for me, which was a positive.
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four Stars