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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; New Edition edition (1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140167153
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140167153
  • ASIN: B000GRFTIU
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,313,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
When I read this book I was near the point of desperation (negative net worth and getting worse by the month). Five years later I am debt-free and have saved about 60% of what I will need to retire early.
Have you ever felt that you could really contribute something great to the world if you only had the time to do it, without worrying about earning a living? Or maybe you'd just like to finally learn to play a musical instrument and play in a band. Or volunteer for a great cause. Or be a full-time parent to your children. Or travel. Or work part-time, or at a fulfilling, rewarding job, even though it doesn't pay much. Or just finally be able to throw that dreaded alarm clock in the trash. This book can help make it happen.
The real question is, are your dreams important enough to motivate you to make some changes in your life? If you're happy with your situation and feel you have enough free time and money, then maybe this isn't the book for you. If you're closer to where I was (in debt, feeling trapped in my job and tied to a paycheck) then maybe there's some useful information for you here. Here's what I've done since reading it:
- Got out of debt - Started saving 50% of my income - Sold my house, moved to a houseboat ($1200/mo. less, MUCH more enjoyable living situation) - Doubled my salary - Sold most of my belongings, except the ones I truly enjoyed. - Took up hobbies that had always interested me, but that I'd made no time for (kayaking, cycling, hang gliding)
My goal is early retirement, so I can travel, write, play, or whatever else catches my attention. But early retirement isn't the only reason to read this book. The ideas presented here can make your life easier, more meaningful and more enjoyable.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 1999
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Reading this book enlightens your viewpoints about money and living a rich and prosperous life. It changes your perspective about being wealthy, not just by monetary concepts, but also finding satisfaction in your life. Often we find ourselve working towards personal goals that never are finished, because even when we have accomplished them, we keep having to fight with human nature's attitude of wanting more and not being satisfied. This book will let you realize that "yes, you're done with this goal, move on with the next and be happy!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
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This book makes you think about your spending and working habits in a different way and is among the most thought-provoking books I have come across this year.
As others have noted, there are weaknesses in trying to follow slavishly the "program" outlined in the book, including: (i) the authors' insistence that the program be followed exactly; (ii) the supposition that inflation can be neutralized through careful spending; (iii) the precise tracking and charting of expenses and income required; and (iv) and the authors' investment advice to use only US Tresuries, regardless of the length of your remaining life.
On balance, however, the book is quite adept at getting you to think about your relationship with money and possessions. What also is refreshing is the authors' noting that each person defines what is "enough" for them. There is no insistence that a particular lifestyle is preferred, and relatively little of the "earth worship" that can sometimes invade other voluntary simplicity/simple living books.
I highly recommend that you at least check this book out at the library - after I read and re-read it, I ended up buying a copy for my permanent collection, even though I am not following the "program" spelled out in the book. It has enough interesting ideas even for those who aren't looking for a complete "unified field theory" for managing their lives.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 1998
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I first discovered this book while watching TV, believe it or not. A local newscast was doing an article about people retiring at an early age (say, 30 years old) and one of the interviewees mentioned this book as their guide. I went to the library immediately, and took it out. Two days later, I purchased it. Odd, considering that the exercises that I had done in the book would have told me that it was not worth the time invested, as I could get it from a cheaper source (free, from the library). But it is a book that I will refer to for the rest of my life - not just for guidance, but for reinforcement and support of the choices I have made. This book provides step by step instructions on how to adapt your relationship with money to acheive your dreams - and not just the financial ones. This is by no means easy, but definately acheivable. Don't get me wrong, this book is not about "getting it for less", even if there are many references to that. It is about living within your means, happily. It has helped me to get a grasp on what is truly important in my life. Not a large book, but an extremely informative one. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially to people who are searching for more balance and genuine happiness in their lives.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 1998
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As I began the book, I found myself nodding and agreeing with many of the observations. But by the end I was disappointed. The recommended obsessive tracking of money (including coins found in the sofa!); the way the authors summarily dismiss the more expense pleasures in life (e.g. referring to travel as "vacating"); and their rejection of the idea of right livelihood all seemed to belie their overall message that your time is more important than your money.

Also, they recommended a low-return investment as a one-size-fits all approach, dismissing very lucrative options like retirement plans, mutual funds, and stocks. You'd have missed out on a lot of easy money if you had all your money in treasury bonds in the recent market.

I suppose very materialistic people could really benefit from this book, but of course they're not going to be the ones reading it.
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