The late Edward H. Romney, the author and publisher of a popular series of books on repairing cameras, grew up in the 1930s, part of an old New England family that lost their money in the Great Depression. Before leaving his job in 1969 to live as a self-employed entrepreneur, he taught electronics, psychology, sociology and education at the college level.
Living Well On Practically Nothingby Edward H. Romney
Living Well on Practically Nothing: Revised and Updated Edition is for people who need to live on a lot less money. If you have been fired, demoted, retired, divorced, widowed, bankrupted or swindled - or you just want to quit your job and remain financially self-reliant - this book is for you. In it are hundreds of tips, secrets and necessary skills/b>
Living Well on Practically Nothing: Revised and Updated Edition is for people who need to live on a lot less money. If you have been fired, demoted, retired, divorced, widowed, bankrupted or swindled - or you just want to quit your job and remain financially self-reliant - this book is for you. In it are hundreds of tips, secrets and necessary skills for living well on little money. Chapters include: Save Up to $37,000 a Year and Live on $12,000 a Year; Low-Cost Computers for Fun, Profit, and Education; Some Ways to Live on No Money at All; A Day of Cheap Living; A New Career or Business for You; Fix Things and Make Them Last; and Protect Your Investments and Make Them Grow. From cover to cover, this book is stocked with proven methods for saving money on shelter, food, clothing, transportation, entertainment, health care and more. The author left the "system" in 1969 and has worked for himself ever since. Let him show you how you, too, can live happily, comfortably and with complete financial freedom.
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This book is an excellent source of info. for those looking to reduce debt or just to live a better, simpler life. Mr. Romney offers not only instruction but inspiration for his readers. It contains page after page of practical advice, as well as a bit of homespun philosophy and some humorous anecdotes. Well worth reading.
First, for a book that is supposedly not "puffed up and padded" there were a lot of snippets about how workers were stupid, how the women in particular cities are pretty (which was rather creepy because he was suggesting them as places to retire, so he came across as a dirty old man), etc. A lot of the information that was provided wasn't actually about living well on practically nothing; he tells many stories about people that have earned fortunes, and gives suggestions about how you too can earn large gobs of cash through jobs like welding. However, many of the things that he suggests are borderline illegal, if not outright illegal (converting an old van and cooking and selling food out of it without even mentioning the permits and health codes involved is just begging for trouble). Many of his suggestions are also dependent upon already having enormous amounts of capital; he seriously suggests selling your $250,000 dollar house in favor of renting cheaply and investing the difference. He also talks about what a huge success his son is, how hard working he is and clever, etc., but the only reason his son was able to start a company in the first place was because his mother gave him $2,000 dollars, and the dad "only" gave him around $2,500. I simply don't have thousands of dollars to invest in the schemes that he suggests, and I have a sneaking suspicion that those who bought this book because they want to live well on practically nothing don't really have that kind of cash either. While there are a few tidbits of information that were helpful, most of the information was redundant (save money by buying stuff cheaper), unhelpful (sorry, but living out in the middle of the woods on someone else's land isn't really feasible for most people), and/or it so miserly as to be concerning (using flea market shaving blades that cost three cents apiece for example). This combined with the judgmental, haughty, rude, and abrasive nature of many of his side comments ruined this book for me, which is really a shame as before I read it, I was fully prepared to love it and recommend it to my friends.