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Recently I read the book "Living well on practically nothing" written by Edward H. Romney (2001 edition).

Due to job woes, the author and his wife have perfected the art of living on the cheap.

He claims that two people can live on as little as $12k per year:

Food $3500 or $70 per week
Rebt $3600 ($300 per month in a smaller city or town)
Utilities $1200 (no phone or cable TV)
Clothing (used) $500
Transportation $1200 (older car)

Remaining $2k for personal items, gifts, donations, and medical care.

But in another chapter the author seems to contradict this budget when he admits that health insurance premiums cost ~ $7k for a small healthy family. He advocates that people take advantage of guvmint programs (VA/medicaid) if eligible. But everyone else he advocates to "stay healthy".

The book has an interesting chapter on ways to live on no money at all. Another chapter covers living in mobile shelters and it includes an idea on living in a converted school bus.

I felt the author's writing style was somewhat rambling and I could have done with out the chapter on keeping your dignity while poor. But I did pick up a couple new frugal ideas.
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