Updated on 10.29.07

Your Money or Your Life: Additional Resources

Trent Hamm

YMOYLThis is the twenty-ninth part of The Simple Dollar Book Club reading of Your Money or Your Life. Want to know more?

The book closes with an excellent list of resources for materials related to the themes of Your Money or Your Life. I investigated several of these and found a few well worth noting if you found the concepts in this book worthwhile.

Several of the online resources mentioned in this section wound up eventually pointing to yourmoneyoryourlife.org, where you can download a whole pile of resources if you explore the site a bit. Some of the resources require a small payment, while others were free. The biggest drawback is that the site appears to have been designed circa 1995, meaning it looks low-tech and the navigation is pretty confusing.

The best part of the Resources section was an extensive recommended reading list, of which I’ve already read and reviewed two: The Overspent American by Juliet Schor, What Color is Your Parachute? by Richard Nelson Bolles, and The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Daczyzyn. I quite liked all three of these books, especially the latter two, and I’m going to use this as something of a “recommended reading list” for future book reviews here on the site.

I’ve also been trying really hard to find a copy of Getting a Life, the less-heralded follow-up to Your Money or Your Life. It’s supposed to be an application of the material in Your Money or Your Life, where a rather materialistic couple actually applies the material to their own life. In other words, it’s an anecdotal complement to Your Money or Your Life, and I hope to review it soon.

The collection of additional online resources is also rather sparse and outdated. Several of the sites appear to be defunct and only one really appealed to me and provided thought-provoking information. Frugal Corner (http://www.frugalcorner.com/) was a rather interesting list of frugal resources, and I wound up following a large number of the links on that site to other resources, even though perhaps a third of the links are dead (again, it’s an old resource). Still, you’re far better off reading online personal finance blogs and frugality blogs than following these links.

In all, the resource list was somewhat outdated, but it’s useful to look at as merely a recommended reading list. I found several items I plan to read in the future from this section.

Tomorrow, I’ll give some of my closing thoughts on the book.

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  1. Paul Zalmezak says:

    I will donate my copy of Getting a Life if you are still interested. Let me know how I can get it to you.

  2. Do you know what book will be next?

  3. Lisa says:

    I noted Trent’s comment about the yourmoneyoryourlife.org site, and wanted to pass along Vicki Robin’s “companion” website, The New Road Map Foundation, which you can access here:


    It’s easier to navigate and has lots of resources.

  4. Beth says:

    You can get Getting a Life from a library – there are 15 copies in your state:

    Your local library should be able to Inter-Libray Loan it for you (ILL for those in the biz).

    Insert my plug here for the Northwest Earth Institute – they provide discussion materials for self-organized courses on topics like voluntary simplicity, deep ecology, and developing a sense of place. They’re awesome.

  5. Andre Kibbe says:


    Your Amazon link to Getting a Life showed “41 used & new” copies available, starting at $0.96, through third party vendors (they use Amazon for transaction processing and pay a commission for it). Like-new condition copies are averaging $4.

    Amazon Marketplace and Half.com (eBay) are the first places I look for used books. There’s usually a glut of overstock on the books I’m interested in, so I typically pay less than $5 a book. But I still test drive books from the library before committing to purchasing them.

  6. Debbie M says:

    Andre, I do the same, but I start with http://www.addall.com. They check many sites and usually half.com comes out the cheapest, but sometimes others do.

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