10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget

No, this is not a huge list post. My friends at Wise Bread have written a book by this title! They sent me a copy for review, and I have to say I love the book! And I have one to give away, too, so keep reading!

10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is a comprehensive resource of money saving ideas. The authors split their tips into two sections: Frugal Living and Personal Finance.

The Frugal Living section covers topics like:

  • 10 Frugal Ways to Care for Your Allergies
  • 10 Ways to Go Green and Save Money at the Same Time
  • 55 Ways I Saved Time and Money Planning My Wedding
  • 5 Ways to Trim Haircut Costs for Kids
  • 13 Free Ways to Wrap Your Gifts With Style

The Personal Finance section includes topics such as:

  • What Credit Counselors Do and How to Pick One
  • 10 Easy Ways to Find Money for Charity
  • 6 Tips for Following a Budget Without Breaking Down in Tears
  • 6 Horrible Financial Products You Should Avoid
  • 10 Dirty Secrets Credit Card Companies Don’t Want You to Know

And the list goes on…and on and on! (But that’s a good thing!)

At the end of the book, there’s a list of 142 resources that will save you cash. (There’s a list on the Wise Bread website, as well.) Each resource has a short description, so you know what it is, before you expend the energy to look up the website. BeingFrugal.net is even listed in the resource section under the Elevenmoms! It’s a small thing, but it’s pretty exciting to be listed among the other great resources.

And I have to mention the authors of 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget. There are too many to list them all, but the authors include many familiar names in the personal finance blogosphere: Leo Babauta, J.D. Roth, Trent Hamm, Silicon Valley Blogger, Xin Lu, Linsey Knerl, and many more. I’ve had the opportunity to work with several of the authors on various projects, and I have a great deal of respect for the amount of knowledge they have on frugal living and personal finance.

I love the way 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget is laid out! If you wanted to, you could read it straight through. But if you’re looking for specific information, it’s easy to find. I have a feeling 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget will become a staple on the frugal bookshelf.

The Giveaway

If you’d like a copy of 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget, you have a chance to win one right here! Just leave a comment with a frugal tip. I’ll close comments next Wednesday, May 27 at noon PST and draw a winner, using a random number generator.

Please only one comment per person, as duplicate comments will be deleted. The winner will have one week from the time I contact them to get back to me with their mailing info. If no contact information is received, I’ll draw a new winner. The book will be shipped directly from the Wise Bread people, so I will have to pass your contact information on to them for shipping.

I think that about covers it! I can’t wait to hear your tips!


By , on May 20, 2009
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. Instead of buying wax paper use the liners from cereal boxes. Works very well.

  2. A great frugal tip for cat owners: Invest in cat nip! A small bag is about 1.99 at the stores and it can go a long way. One great cat toy: take a paper towel or toilet paper cardboard roll and put it inside of a sock that’s lost it’s mate. Put a pinch of cat nip in the tube and close up the sock by making a knot at the top. Your cat will go crazy with this toy and it will keep them occupied for hours. The best part is if the sock starts to get dirty or the tube starts to get bent, you can just wash the sock, use another tube and put in another pinch of cat nip.

  3. Jessica:

    Bike to work and bring your lunch.

  4. Denise E.:

    Try one new frugal tip per week and make a game out of it. A year ago, I couldnt fathom doing all the frugal things that I do now much less enjoy doing them. It takes awhile to change your non-frugal habits so give it some time and be creative with your frugality.

  5. Jill:

    My frugal tip is: Use less of everything. Do you really need that much shampoo and conditioner to wash all of your hair? Even be mindful of the amount of toilet paper you use. Once you start paying attention, you’ll notice how much you waste!

  6. Debbie:

    Plant a garden. This year we have cucumbers, beans, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, rhubarb and collection of herbs. We hope to get some strawberries this year too. I have a decent size yard (about 1/4 acre property) but even if you don’t have a large yard you can still grow something.

  7. Susan:

    I make all of my own bread products from flour I grind myself. This includes: bread, tortillas, hamburger and hot dog buns, english muffins, cinnamon buns, dinner rolls, etc. We save a TON of money doing this, even with the initial cost of the wheat grinder. I can buy a 55lb pound bag of wheat for $28.00. I have also had friends/neighbours ask to buy a loaf of my bread for $5/loaf. Its a great money saver for our family of 10 (1 girl, 7 boys).


  8. Laina:

    I’d love a copy!

    Here is one of my best frugal tips:

    Both my husband and I have allergies nearly year-round. Claritin costs around $1 a pill. With each of us taking one per day, that’s $730 per year! Well, a few years ago I discovered the CVS brand “Claritin”. I buy the largest box to get the best deal: 240 pills for $39.99. That’s about $122 per year for both of us, a savings of $608! And the CVS brand works just as well.

  9. Laura Bristow:

    here are some tips:
    1) skip that coffee chain coffee: Save $5 every morning!
    2) pack your own lunch for work: Save $10 every lunch
    3) unplug all electronics every night @ bed time: Save about $40 a month
    4) swap furniture with a friend to redecorate: Save $100+
    5) shop goodwill for like new clothes: save $100
    6) call credit company to lower interest rates: $100+ (it worked for me! two of my cards now have 0%!)

  10. Jan:

    Using a clothes line saves me at least $20/month in energy costs during warm months.

  11. sameer:

    One thing that has worked wonders for me is simply tracking everything I spend everyday. It sort of turns saving into a game. For instance, knowing you’ve spend a $100 on eating out in the first two weeks of the month, how do you go the rest of the month without spending a dime? And it can be done…and becomes fun when you have to figure out ways to “go out and meet friends” but not spend anything. I just track my spending in an excel spreadsheet; works great.

  12. Gabriel:

    My tip? Use baking soda for everything. Mixed with vinegar to make a paste, it makes a wonderful cleaner for all sorts of surfaces. If I have to run out the door without having time to shampoo, a little baking soda rubbed on the crown will take care of grease. Even more amazing is that the vinegar and baking soda mix can treat ant bites. I got six on one foot, applied the paste, and around an hour later I could only see one bite.
    Wonderful, frugal resource.

  13. KC:

    My tip is for those planning a wedding. If at all possible, when booking or getting quotes for anything from flowers to dinner / lunch – don’t mention it is for a wedding. Say it’s for a family celebration. The “w” word seems to add additional cost instantly!

  14. Make sure you eat all your leftovers. The most expensive food is the food that is thrown away.

  15. Shirley:

    When I really feel like I need something or as my frinds and I call it my want meter is going crazy. I start cleaning. It helps me appriciate what I have.
    I personally feel that if I can’t keep what I already have clean and tidy (that includes ironing too!) then I have to decide if I really want to add it to my things that will need my attention. It also helps me appriciate what I have. IT also reminds me what good deals I have gotten on most of the things I own. I have 6 kids, if I actually make it through getting everything cleaned and I still need it, I will give it more consideration. If I decide I really have to have it. Then the game begins to find the best deal on what I want.

    I guess that is why my husband won’t let me have a housekeeper;-))

  16. Amy A:

    My tip is to mix your own cleaning supplies with common household products like vinegar and baking soda. Cheap, works well and helps our environment too!

  17. stacey:

    my frugal tip is to menu plan. i make a menu plan for the entire month. of course it changes as we go along but it helps me keep an eye out for sales on the groceries for our favorite meals. plus it saves the last minute panic of ‘what’s for dinner?’

  18. Since beverages are so expensive, order water when eating out. You’ll save tons of money over time.

  19. Susan:

    Stay home! Going out means spending money: at the grocery store, mall, etc.

    I hope I win!

  20. Sarah:

    Make a plan with a friend (or another family) to make dinners for each other once a week. If you’re single, it’s easier to cook for 2 people and if you’re splitting with a family, you get one night off to spend more time with the kids.

  21. Take the time to look for things on freecycle or on Craigslist. Ask your friends if you can borrow something. Barter. We all live in houses just filled to the rim with stuff…someone’s got it out there!

  22. Coupons are your friends! Keep an eye on circulars and combine coupons with sale items for the best deals. Also watch for special sales where stores that don’t normally double or triple coupons do. I saved 72% on a trip on a special triple coupon weekend.

  23. Marci:

    Do it Yourself. From mending, to painting, to lawn care, to cooking extra and packing lunches so you don’t need to eat out… do it yourself!

  24. Sarah:

    Unfortunately gas prices are going up again! :(

    Do a search for cheap gas prices in your area at gasbuddy.com

    Then to make sure you aren’t wasting your gas try to group errands together when you go out.

  25. I always try to keep in mind my end goal — being debt free. That will enable me to do really special things with (and without) my family. Everytime I tempted to buy something or buy something bigger than I’d planned to, I try to think about whether that purchase gets me closer to my overall goal or keeps me from it.

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