Chances are you’re already familiar with Wise Bread since it’s among the finance blog elite, but you may not know that their book 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget was released earlier this week. You might be thinking it’s just another personal finance book, but this book is different.
One of the best aspects of this book is that it’s a collaborative effort, just like their site. Some contributors include the likes of The Digerati Life, Get Rich Slowly, and The Simple Dollar. So instead of just one person firing off a bunch of financial lessons, you get a unique perspective from a wide array of contributors.
The first thing you’ll notice about the book is the amazing presentation. It’s just bursting with color and has easy to navigate headings and graphics. To be honest, it’s one of the most attractive finance books I’ve read. Usually you’re presented with dull pages, numbers, and tables of data that wear on your eyes, but you won’t get tired of looking at this book.
The second thing is that this is less of a traditional book and more of a reference manual to saving money. You don’t pick this book up and read it from cover to cover. You certainly can, but that’s not how it was designed. Think of it more like an encyclopedia where tips are broken down into different categories so that you can easy search out what you’re looking for. You’d be amazed at the variety of stuff that’s covered. From sections like getting the most out of all you can eat buffets to debt elimination and investing tips, it’s all in there.
This book couldn’t have come at a better time. We’re in the midst of a recession and everyone is looking for realistic ways to save money without sacrificing their lifestyle, and that’s where this book can help. Obviously, not every tip is going to be useful for everyone, but with over 10,000 different ways to safe a few bucks, I’m sure you’ll find something that applies to your life.
A Few Other Tidbits
If you buy the book through Amazon, you’re entitled to a free gift. They are giving away $15 Ebates credits. Once you buy the book, be sure to check out the instructions on how to submit your receipt to claim your $15 credit.
Also, I’m going to be giving away a copy of this book. Now, instead of doing the traditional contest here, I’m going to add this book to my big giveaway starting in a few days. Make sure you stay tuned for that, because it’s going to be big!
I know I handed this book a lot of praise, but it’s well-deserved. The Wise Bread crew and all of the contributors have built the foundation of the personal finance blog community, and it’s great to see their work in print so it can help even more people. And what can I say, they even included my quote on the back cover so my name is in print, too! So, check it out. It’s a really good book, it won’t set you back much money and in fact, if you take advantage of the Ebates offer you actually make money on the deal, so it’s a win-win.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.