Updated on 11.29.08

Announcing My First Book, “365 Ways to Live Cheap”

Trent Hamm

365What costs $7.95, makes for a great gift for all your gift exchanges, and is chock full of the good stuff you’ve come to expect from The Simple Dollar?

365 Ways to Live Cheap, that’s what.

It’s my first book, due to be released in bookstores everywhere on December 17, but already available for order on Amazon.com. What are some of the notable features of it?

It’s a great, easy to read guide for money-saving tactics. The title pretty much says it all – it’s a compilation of 365 of my best tips on personal finance and frugal living. Virtually all of the tips, if applied, can save you more than the price of the book itself.

It costs only $7.95. In an effort to release a budget-conscious book, 365 Ways to Live Cheap is available at a price point that anyone can afford. It’s available in a classy matte-finish paperback.

There’s a wide variety of advice inside. Although many of the tips are related to frugal living, a lot of the tips also apply to debt reduction, budgeting, and good money management tactics. And even the frugal tips are realistic – I don’t get into things like rewashing Ziploc bags.

It makes a great gift exchange or stocking stuffer gift. If you’re looking for an inexpensive gift for family members or gift exchanges, this is a great idea. It’s a way to share good personal finance ideas with your friends, family, and coworkers during an economic period where many people are searching for, well, ways to live cheap!

What’s inside? The book consists of a short, fun introductory quiz that highlights some of the most common personal finance foibles that people have, followed by twenty chapters that each focus on tips on a specific area of personal finance, from how to save money on automobiles and on housing to interesting choices, like a collection of tips on how reducing clutter can save you money.

Want some previews? Keep an eye on The Simple Dollar throughout the month of December for previews of some of the tips in the book. They’ll appear at the top of the right hand sidebar and rotate each day, with a few hidden tips sprinkled throughout the site.

A note about the cover: there are multiple covers of the book, depending on what market you’re in. If you order from Amazon, the cover may look different – the Amazon-ordered copies I’ve seen have a classy green cover, rather than the “folksy” yellow cover depicted above.

One final thought: it has been a lifelong dream of mine to publish my own book, and when I had the opportunity to hold the final version in my hands a few weeks ago, it was one of the best moments of my life. If you decide to pick up this book, don’t just use it as a great collection of tips for saving money. You can also use it for inspiration, as an example that sometimes, if you keep at your dreams for a long time, things can happen for you.

Order now from Amazon.com!

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  1. susan says:

    Congratulations, Trent! Way to go.
    I can’t wait to read it, my Christmas treat to self.

  2. Jen says:

    Congrats Trent, I am so proud of you! I might buy this for a birthday present to myself.

  3. Laura says:

    I can’t wait to get one for myself! I may have to buy several for gifts as well! Congrats!!

  4. Andy says:

    Congratulations! The book looks great.

  5. tinybird says:

    Wow congratulations!! I feel a little tear coming to my eye to see you finally living your dream :) Can’t wait to post on my own blog about it.

  6. Lolita says:

    Congrats on the book!!! Got a feeling this will end up on my shelf of keepers;)

  7. Michael says:

    Trent, congratulations. I bet you never expected this two years ago.

  8. Ro says:

    Congratulations on your book!

  9. Heidi says:

    Congrats Trent!!

  10. femmeknitzi says:

    Congratulations, Trent! I’ve gotten so much good advice and ideas from this site that I’ll definitely be putting that book on my wishlist for the holidays. Way to go!

  11. Chris says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it!

  12. trevor says:

    i’ll wait and get it from the library ;)

  13. Congrats Trent, look forward to reading it. Best wishes for continued success!

  14. Ramona says:

    Good for you! V cool indeed. It must be like having another child (well kinda sorta). Looking forward to flipping the pages.

  15. Kevin says:

    Congratulations, Trent!

  16. Jason Alba says:

    Wow, that’s great – congrats Trent! However, I think you’ve groomed a bunch of readers to think like Trevor:

    >> i’ll wait and get it from the library ;)


  17. Mark B. says:

    Congrats Trent!

    I do have to say that I am a bit disappointed, however. Your best writing on this blog is when you write deeper, more meaningful posts, such as “The Time of Your Life” that you recently posted.

    While your tips are usually helpful and spot on (which I am sure this book is), many of your other posts get to the heart of “why” people spend so much, and how to change that. Another example, your recent post about “intensity” truly hits at the real struggles that people encounter in a financial turnaround and how to overcome them.

    Again, not a criticism, it is just that with the depth of your writing here, I was not expecting a “tips” book. Maybe there is more than just “tips” and you do get into some deeper discussion about finances, but I will buy it and read it to find out.

  18. J says:

    Good job!

    Is there a tip about using the library and not buying books? :)

  19. Nate says:

    Great Job Trent! I’m proud of you.

    Trent Hamm=Inspiration


  20. Beulah says:

    Trent: Congratulations! You’re proof that so much of what we aspire to is to continue to “keep on keeping on”.

  21. Trent Hamm Trent says:

    Mark B. – it’s definitely a tips book, but with some strong hints at deeper stuff. My goal with the book is to try to reach out to people who might never even think to look for personal finance help, or don’t really know where to start. While I think there’s definitely some worthwhile material in it for Simple Dollar readers, there are pieces of the book that will feel very familiar.

    I have a lot of ideas for a “deeper” book, but it’ll have to wait for book #2. :)

  22. Mark B. says:

    I should have read tip #1 first. You speak about intensity right from the beginning. Please disregard my previous comment, this does seem to go much deeper than a typical “tips” book.

  23. onaclov says:

    Trent, I would like to see some other finance blogs review your book and see what they have to say, I know usually do the same with other finance books, I like what you have to say everytime I get a chance to read, but this might give other “skeptical” people a chance to see what the meat of the book is about and if they want to read it.

    Just a suggestion.

    Congrats too!!!

  24. Claire says:

    Congrats Trent! I’m so happy for you that you finally have your book out! :)

  25. Kevin says:

    Way to go Trent. This has to be very satisfying for you.

  26. Cory says:

    Congratulations on quite an accomplishment, and what a timely one, too. Best wishes to you and your family. I put it on our library’s “request for purchase” list.

  27. Jason says:


    Not to be picky, but there’s a typo in your books “Product Review”.


    “Minimize your carload and reduce your gas mileage by as much as 5 percent”

    I believe reduce should be increase.

  28. Katie says:

    Congratulations, Trent!!!

  29. Jon says:


    One question – which benefits you more personally – if we order from Amazon or we ask our local booksellers to stock it? Whichever you’d prefer, that’s how I’ll get mine. =]

  30. Steph says:

    Congratulations Trent!!! I can’t wait to read it!

  31. Lauren says:


  32. Rob in Madrid says:

    Just ordered it via amazon.de , expect it to arrive in 6-8 weeks, cost me €8.09 and I had to ship to Germany, as they wouldn’t ship to Spain.

    Looking forward to seeing how it compares to the tightwad gazette.

    BTW you timed it very well, America has re-discovered frugality.

  33. paidtwice says:

    Congrats! Tips books are more immediately marketable than deep thought books, on the surface at least, so it makes sense why your publisher wanted to start there :)

    Congrats again!

  34. Your Friendly Neighborhood Computer Guy says:

    How cool! Congrats on the book Trent! A very inspirational announcement for those of us that dream big!

    What’s up with people reviewing it already on Amazon when it hasn’t even been released yet?I definitely wont take into account any reader reviews until the book has actually been released!

  35. Bob says:

    Congratulations your blog is a wonderful resource and I’m sure your book will be the same

  36. Michiko74 says:

    Congratulations Trent! I hope this becomes a best seller :) And your book couldn’t have come at a more critical time.

    I look forward to many more books from you.

  37. Ryan says:

    Congrats Trent!!

  38. Doug says:

    I’ll just wait till it hits the local library…..that’s one of your money saving tips right?

  39. Toni says:

    I am so happy for you!!! I think I will make an exception to my NO Christmas gift rule and buy a few copies to give to friends!

  40. robina says:


  41. Christy says:

    You’re such an inspiration! Great job.

  42. Big congrtas! Computer Guy, I was wondering the same thing.

  43. Jamie says:

    I see a few people had the same thought as I did: What’s with the haters in the Amazon customer review section???

    For the Canadians out there, the book is $8.99 $CAD and is available here:

  44. Q says:

    Woohoo! Congratulations. :)

  45. Curt says:

    Congrats Trent. Nice work putting some of your best ideas together for us in a book.

  46. Brett McKay says:

    Way to go Trent! Looks great!

  47. adri says:

    Wow! Congratulations on your first book! Here’s to many more!

  48. Cambo says:

    Wow, good for you young man.

  49. Bay says:

    Congratulations on the book! I’m looking forward to reading it

  50. liv says:

    Congrats!!! I was just going to order some gifts from Amazon soon too, I may just add that to my list! :)

  51. Steph says:

    Congratulations on your book! I’m so happy to see that you’ve achieved your dream!

  52. Amber says:

    Very excited for you!…and for me I’m buying one for my home and one for my brother’s home! You are truly an inspiration to go for your dreams even if they seem a little out of reach. Good luck with this book!

  53. s says:

    Hi Trent,
    so see you more ahead of yourself than you thought you would be. You did it!!!!
    S. Congratulations!!!!!

  54. Michael G.R. says:

    Congrats on getting published, am happy for you!

  55. Jennifer says:

    Congrats, that should be a great read. With this economy, I bet people will really want to read something like this.

  56. Chris says:

    Congratulations for such a great accomplishment!

  57. Congratulations! This is so fantastic. :)
    You are really an inspiration and I can’t wait to see your “sneak peeks” this month.

  58. Lola says:

    Wow, congratulations, Trent! I bet that’s a dream come true!

  59. Tori says:

    Huzzah! I am so proud of you!

  60. A Girl says:

    Trent: you are ahead of the curve–Americans need more books about living a frugal life. congrats. I will buy the book for my library.

  61. LC says:

    Congratulations! I am a big fan of yours and an aspiring writer. I’m proud of you.

  62. Shahrul Azwad says:

    Congratulations! It’s about time. I’m looking forward to find it here soon in Malaysia.

  63. Marie says:

    Way to go Trent! Thanks for reminding us to Keep going for the dreams – no matter how far off we may feel we are!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  64. Meghan says:

    Congratulations! I look forward to reading it!

  65. Kathy says:


    Congratulations on having your first book published! How exciting to have realized your dream!

  66. Aidan says:

    Congrats on achieving one of your dreams. Your site is great, keep up the good work.

  67. Jamie says:

    Wow Trent we all know this is a dream come true, you’re an example of perseverance and the timing of this couldn’t be better, cheers man!!

  68. Beth says:

    Trent – Wonderful work! I’ll be making this purchase for a family Christmas gift.

    I’m so excited for you. Hope this makes your holidays all the merrier!

  69. Congratulations, Trent. I look forward to purchasing your book. You have worked hard and you deserve to be published. Way to go.

  70. southcampus says:

    you are an inspiration to many
    looking forward to the book

  71. Christina says:

    Congrats on the new book! My hubby just published a book, so I know what a challenging (and ultimately rewarding) process it is!

    I’ve been waiting to hear about your book for awhile… Hopefully I’ll get it for Christmas, otherwise, I will buy it myself!

    Thanks for all of your top-notch writing!


  72. Ben says:

    Hi Trent and congratulations on your first of hopefully many books.

  73. spaces says:

    Wooooooooooo! Congrats!!!

  74. i.artist says:

    Congratulations and thankyou for encouraging/inspiring all of us!

  75. kristine says:

    Congrats! Alas, you have taught us well…I will order it through my library. But at leart I will get them to buy the copy! And if I can’t live without it as a reference, I will buy one to highlight. Bravo!

  76. Jill S says:

    Congratulations! You really did it! Thank you for inspiring us to accomplish our dreams!

  77. Michael says:

    So when can we expect one of your awesome chapter-by-chapter reviews of this new book?


  78. Isela says:

    Felicidades!! Bien hecho!
    Translation to english
    Congratulations!, well done!

  79. Louie says:

    congrats…im ordering a few for family and one for myself. but i have to know, when/where can i get mine signed?

  80. Ram says:

    awesome! Congratulations

  81. Bree says:

    Trent ~ So cool for you. Glad one of your dreams has become a reality!

  82. Bree says:

    Trent ~ So cool for you. Glad to see one of your dreams become a reality!

  83. Andrea says:

    Hey, congratulations! I’ll have to double check and see if corporate has placed them on order for my store. If not, I’m definitely ordering a few from Ingram tomorrow!

  84. Yash says:

    Congratulations! This is great! Can’t wait to read it!

  85. MikiP says:

    /me really hoping amazon ships this to Italy, right away.

    COngratulations on you efforts. As a second time fail on the NaNoWriMo, I know how hard it is to just get there and start writing.

    I just wish there would be an Italian person like you, who manages to explain stocks and the market as easily as you do. All af your tips are invaluable, but when it comes to taxes and stocks, those tips don’t come in very handy overseas (at least for me).

    On a lighter note, when (not IF, lol) your book becomes a best seller… will you still be living frugally? :D

    Cheers from Italy!!

  86. 144mph says:

    Yeah! Very happy for you Trent!

  87. moneysavingmama says:

    Fly, little bird, fly! well done, Trent. I am so proud. You are my hero!

  88. Jessica says:

    WOW!! Congradulations!! I’m so happy/proud/excited for you.

    I just feel that this is a little anti-climaxical. When Steve Pavlina was launching a book we all knew about it weeks and weeks in advance. I’m just saying.

    But if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see if I can order it from Chapters (canada)

  89. Ijeoma says:

    CONGRATS Trent!!!
    Have being a silent reader for the past 3 months. Though some of the tips and advices i have read so far, may not ‘specifically’ apply to me (i’m based in Nigeria), the underlying messages are still very true. Thank you.

  90. Sandeep Goswami says:

    Congratulations, Trent, The timing for this book couldnt have been any better!!!

  91. penelope says:


  92. guinness416 says:


    (You should probably tell your commenters not to post “I haven’t read it but …” reviews at amazon like one which is there already; thing like that are a bit shady and incredibly annoying when browsing the site for real information).

  93. Frugal Dad says:

    Allow me to pile on the congratulations here, Trent. Look forward to reading through the tips!

  94. Shane says:

    I don’t think you could have timed the release any better–people are getting scared and will be looking for something like this, especially post-Christmas.
    From my morning coffee chair, I can see my laundry hanging out in the yard–we think very much alike.

  95. Troy says:


    Congrats on the accomplishment. I know it was a major goal, and you accomplished that goal and that is worthy of praise. You should be proud of your tenacity.


    A book about living frugally? I remember a month or two back you proclaiming you were not a “frugality expert” This kinda shoots down that argument.

    Encouragement to buy “your” book while encouraging us to “borrow” others is interesting.

  96. Kate says:

    Congratulations Trent!

    This is a great accomplishment. I’ve been reading your blog for just over a year now and I’ve adopted many of your ideas for my life. Your blog has inspired me to start my own blog (above) and your success is well deserved.

  97. WendyB says:

    So happy for you. You’re an inspiration.

  98. Anne says:

    Congratulations! This looks like a great book and at a great price point. Enjoy seeing your name on print on paper; you earned it!

  99. Amanda says:

    Fantastic—you should be very, very proud! I hope that you’ll get after your publisher– your book is going to be released soon and it is not featured prominently anywhere on their webpage. Your book did not even show up in the first two pages of listings when I did an exact title search on the site. Get on them about that–it’s unacceptable!

  100. luvleftovers says:

    Congrats, Trent! Awesome.

    And this will certainly help with my holiday shopping.

  101. Amit says:

    Congratulations Trent !
    no doubt that the book will be as great as ur site is..

    All the best for many more to come.

    I wish i could order here in India. But no worries, i will ask my friend to get it from US.


  102. Patrick says:

    Yay! Congrats Trent!

  103. Murphy says:

    This idea would also make a great tear-away calandar. Each day a new financial tip for at home or the office.

  104. sara says:

    how exciting- way to go!

  105. M says:

    I looked at my local library, and it is already avaialable to put a “hold” on the book! There are 2 people in front of me, and I live in a small town. I wish I could find out who those two people are…because we obviously have something in common!

    Congratulations, Trent.
    I cant wait to read the book (and possibly buy for my collection).


  106. Jim says:

    Congratulations Trent.

  107. mollyh says:

    Fantastic! Congrats Trent, you worked really hard for this, and it’s nice to see you bask in it!

  108. Diane says:


  109. partgypsy says:

    Wow, I was wondering when we would hear about the other projects you were working on! Congratulations!

  110. Ryan says:

    Congrats Trent!

  111. Nefretete says:

    Congratulations! (-:

  112. Laura says:

    Congrats, Trent! I’m really happy for you and you deserved it!
    Greetings from Ireland :-)

  113. AJ says:

    You are my inspiration to start my Oracle Blog. can’t wait to read it, Congrats


  114. cheapo_reapo says:

    Good Job. I will be buying it!

  115. Karin says:

    Congratulations! All the best to you!

  116. Kim says:

    How exciting! I predict sales will be good – talk about timing!

    Enjoy your success – you’ve certainly earned it. Can’t wait to see you on your (first) Oprah segment – LOL!

  117. Steph says:

    Congratulations Trent! I’ve been reading your blog for about two years now and I’m so excited for you that you have a published book. The Simple Dollar sure has come a long way!

  118. Bryan says:

    Congrats Trent! I bought it this afternoon and I can’t wait to read it, then rant about how amazing it is.

  119. Shellie says:

    Just a quick note to add to all the other Congrats you recieved! You deserve it :-)

  120. L. says:

    Parabéns, Trent! Que seja o primeiro livro de muitos e bons!

    My comment is not original, I copied everything, because it says what I mean: Congratulations! May it be the first of many good books! :D

  121. personally, I find the deep posts boring. I stopped reading those almost a year ago. I like the light and quick stuff, and I’m going to get your book so I can pass it on to someone who could use it.

  122. NJK says:

    Since you’re constantly exhorting people on this site NOT to pay money for books, I’m surprised to see the links to buy this one new. How about linking to a swap or freebie pile … isn’t that what you urge your readers to do?

    Seriously, I offer you congrats, and now that you’re in the ranks of published authors, you’ll point people toward libraries and bookstores. Good luck!

  123. Erin says:

    Congratulations TrenT!!

  124. Nancy says:

    Congratulations Trent! I have several people on my Christmas list who would not only enjoy this book but benefit from it. Keep up the good work.

  125. Nicole says:

    Congrats! I am very happy for you. Could you/your publisher be so kind as to make it available as an e-book from a site like e-reader or something. I plan on picking up the paperbacks as gifts, but would like my copy to be electronic.

  126. Carrick says:

    omg, congratulations!!! Can’t wait to read it!

  127. jan says:

    Good job, Trent.

  128. reulte says:


    I’ll ask my local libraries (city & collage) to purchase a few copies . . .
    . . . then read it there! :-)

    I’ve enjoyed thesimpledollar ever since I came across it a year ago and have shared it with friends and family. Having a book in hand is much more satisfying than reading electronically for many people in my circle and I’m sure several of them will end up with your book.

    Congrats again.

  129. Just received my copy.
    Awesome job and not at all what I was expecting from your first book!
    I think this is a good way for me to introduce you to my friends and family, most of whom don’t understand why people like me read blogs.
    And I agree with several other commenters: the reason I like this blog is that you delve further into the discussion and share from a real-life perspective. While that’s lost in this “quick-tips” format, I think your straightforward advice will reach a wider audience.
    I’m looking forward to the next book, as I hope it’ll contain more of your unique voice.
    But once again, congratulations on achieving such a big goal. You deserve it.

  130. Suzanne says:


  131. Charlie says:

    Found out about the book just now, going to buy it!

  132. Lisa says:

    I just noticed the new cover. I prefer the new cover. I am about to order a copy for my niece. She & her husband are expecting their first child soon.

  133. Outdoorseaguy says:

    Are there plans to sell this as a PDF eBook or for the Amazon Kindle? I read through it a little bit at Barnes & Noble the other day and liked it very much.

  134. hotmar says:

    Hello, Trent, congrats for the book.

    I live in Brazil, and the book arrived here last year. I´m reading it and it has been a enjoyable reading, because most of the tips are perfect usable here.

    God bless you!

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