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

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 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.

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