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How I Lived a Year on Just a Pound a Day Paperback – 29 Aug 2008

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Redcliffe Press Ltd; Reprinted edition edition (29 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906593124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906593124
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The current recession has produced many newspaper articles and several books on saving money, but few are as readable and inspiring as this one. The author lives in a shared house and has no car, so is unencumbered by the motoring expenses, mortgage and utility bills that the rest of us have. The main message is that living on a pound a day is time-consuming and entails quite a lot of hard work, and some of the activities mentioned - dumpster diving and hitch-hiking, for example - would be regarded by some as degrading and/or dangerous. But it's a good read and you'll pick up some great ideas. There's a useful reference section at the back of the book too.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I saw it on my wifes bedside table and was intrigued by the title and so decided to read it. Maybe that has something to do with the enjoyment factor as I didn't buy it, I wasn't looking for a How To Do It book, rather just read it out of curiousity.

Anyway, I will admit it takes me a while to read a book, but this was done in a couple of days. The book follows the authors progress of living on a pound a day over the course of a year. The book is broken down in a month to month format giving an insight into the trials and challenges each month brought. Admittedly, a great deal of people out there will not be able to put the pound a day into practice, but if nothing else, it should get them thinking about the possible waste and abundence of "Stuff" that we all seem to surround ourselves with, and have us feeling perhaps a little embarrassed about it, whilst giving us the inspiration to do something about it, even on a smaller level.

I found the book to be entertaining and in parts very inspiring and informative. There are a number of great ideas that anyone who is looking to save a little money or do something green can take away from the book and implement without causing too much interuption to their normal daily life. I guess if all of us just chose one thing to do, and stuck to it (even if only for a year), then the Earth, world and peoples lives could be enriched for the better.

There are loads of references to websites and organisations that people can go to such as Freecycle and volunteer holidays. I defy anyone to read this book, and not at least think to themselves " I could certainly do that " whether it be volunteer an hours work, give something to freecycle instead of throwing away something that still has a use, or even just giving a hitch hiker a lift.

Read it - Enjoy It - And Even Learn From It -
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Although I know that this book is not for everyone, I loved it. It arrived this morning and I've not been able to put it down. The author does have an unusual lifestyle (working part time and largely commitment free) which allows her more time and effort to put into her frugal quest, but it does have tips which could be adopted by anyone. She shows that eating, travel, socializing and even getting a new outfit needn't cost the earth or anything at all necessarily. Nothing needs to make you live beyond your own means, and some frugal living in order to save up for something special makes it all the more enjoyable.
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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2008
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Kath kelly decided to live on a pound a day, apart from rent, for a year in order to save up for a wedding present for her brother. How she did it makes entertaining reading. The book is divided into 12 sections - one for each month of her year and there is a section at the back of very useful web sites and addresses. Whilst Kath was lucky in the sense she lives in a city - Bristol - where the opportunities are much greater for free entertainment, this does not mean that people who live elsewhere can't find something useful in it. Admittedly you might not want to hitch hike on long journeys - you might want to spend a bit more and go by bus - but this does not invalidate the majority of what she did. What I found most interesting was how she completely changed her attitude to consumerism and realised she didn't need all the things she'd been buying to make her happy. Even if you simply want to reduce your spending slightly this would still be a worthwhile book to read. It's certainly given me food for thought.
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I read this book with interest but have to agree with other reviews as the author is a single lecturer living as a lodger. She has no family, has access to many university-related social events where food, and sometimes wine, is provided and has no bills to pay. Her main transport is cycling or hitching, which is not appropriate for everyone. Of course, the book is "How I lived a Year......", not "How you can live a year..." Some interesting ideas, especially about the way society has changed into a bargain-driven consumer society, but without thought for sustainability. I liked the clothes swap party idea as well. Overall, quite a good read, but ideas are not appropriate for all.
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I encountered this book on a visit to London from the U.S. and really enjoyed reading it on my trip. Kath Kelly's experiment is very much in the spirit of freegans in the U.S. who dumpster dive and try to live without spending money.

The experiment of living on a pound a day was undertaken as a personal challenge, not as a model for everyone to follow. Clearly, this would not be replicable for a family with children, or even a couple who own any property on which they have to pay taxes. So I don't fault her for being a pretty frugal person before the challenge, but contrary to other reviewers, I think Kelly was tested by the experience, especially with transport and with trying to eat a healthy diet.

Did it inspire me to try and live on a pound a day? No. For one thing, I would NEVER hitchhike in the U.S. and $1.77 wouldn't cover my property taxes, let alone food and utilities. But I really respect her modest and compelling account of such a unique endeavor. As the compactors and freegans and freecyclers have inspired me to make improvements in my consumption, I'm really encouraged by her story and have noted several of her suggestions to try.
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