Melcher, a writer for magazines like Modern Bride, New Woman, and Parade, has packed a lot of information into this handy little guide for living well on a tight budget. Taking the tone of an older sister, she covers everything from finding a job and decorating an apartment to choosing a doctor and throwing a party. Her tips on saving money are sound, as are her explanations of life and health insurance and car crises. A particularly fun chapter offers suggestions for inexpensive activities at home and on the town. Great for recent college graduates and thirtysomethings; recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.