Wisebread, one of the better-known group personal finance blogs, recently published a book called 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. Though I got an advance copy, it’s taken me a while to read it. There’s an excellent reason why–this book is not something to be read all in one sitting. Instead, it is like an updated, organized Tightwad’s Gazette (also a good book).
Or, more accurately, it’s like a combination of every good money-saving blog post you’ve ever seen written on the internet.
Why is the book worth purchasing or winning or reading if all the information is available online?
There are two reasons why I think the book is worth having in your collection–at least if you’re always looking for frugal reference. 1) 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is very well-crafted and detailed. Its sections come from the WiseBread writers and beyond. 2) It’s an inspiring book.
1) Craft & Detail
While you may be able to find dozens of articles on each topic online, the ones included in Wisebread’s book come from a diverse spectrum of writers, all of whom put their best into (re)writing them. This means diverse ideas and experiences come into play. It also means that you don’t have to click through a number of search results to find one that’s well-written and interesting.
Having the book around as a reference can inspire you to save money in new ways. Maybe you hadn’t intended to start canning and would never have clicked on a canning article online. However when flipping past the canning article (there is one), you notice something interesting and start reading.
Unlike an RSS feed, it’s all available at once when you’re scanning through the book or reading the table of contents. Daily inspiration is valuable too, but there’s something useful about the ready-to-hand-ness of this book.
Both of these advantages can be found in high-quality blogs, but they’re things that this book does well and all at once.
Why you might not want to buy 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget
Just as you find them in all blog posts on saving money, some of the suggestions in the book are the same ones that those of us who know anything about personal finance and frugality have heard a million times over. I don’t think they should have been left out, as there will probably be people purchasing the book who’ve never heard or thought of them as options before.
It feels insipid, but it’s something you can overcome unless you really have read every money-saving blog post ever. Because it’s not a book you need to read straight through and it’s well-organized and indexed, you can find the info you’re interested in without ever reading the other stuff.
How you can win 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget
Courtesy of the fine people at Wisebread, I’m giving away two copies of the book. The contest opens today and ends on Wednesday the 24th at 10pm EST. I’ll send the names & e-mail addresses to my Wisebread contact, who will be mailing the books.
To win, answer the following question in a comment:
If you were contributing to this book, what one tip or set of tips would you include?
Void where prohibited. Winners will be chosen by random.org. Entries will be considered valid at my own discretion. Must use valid e-mail address to win so you can be contacted, otherwise someone else will be chosen.