Hide yo nickels! Hide yo dimes!

“It’s not how much money you make, it’s how much money you spend, that matters.”

-Anna Florin, Living on a Shoestring (Common Sense Ways to Save Money)


This was a filler I read on my phone when I would have a few minutes here and there.  Enough to read, not something I’d get sucked into and keep reading when I couldn’t keep reading.  I want to budget better, so why not take advantage of this free book?

That being said, I was completely with the book for the first 3/4 of it.  There were some valid points indeed.  This did get me thinking budget-wise on some things.  Not to be a spoiler, but that quote above is the best thought in the book.

Originally I was going to keep this filler book to reread to help with budgeting, but once it got to the end, I was disturbed.  I’m still disturbed, which is part of the reason this has been delayed.  And I will not be keeping this book, free or not.

The last 1/4 of the book or so goes into areas some people are ok with but I’m not.  We’ll start with the second, as I find it more gross and creepy: dumpster diving.  I’ve watched Taboo specials on it, I’ve heard about it, but unless the world goes nuts and zombies are around or flying monkeys, etc. I’m not doing it.  You have no idea what is in there and what you could get from being in said dumpster.  I don’t even dig through my own dern trash unless it is for a very valid cause, I am not about to dig through others’ unless my families’ lives are on the line.  We all have our lines.  My husband and children starving, you are damn right I’ll be in that dumpster.  To save money, that would be a big ole resounding HECK NO.  I will pass.

What really got me though is still creeping me out days later.  I called my grandmother who gets my quirky sense of humor and made her promise this wouldn’t happen if I died before her.  Under no circumstances is anyone in my family TO MAKE MY COFFIN.  I don’t care how pretty they can engrave it.  NO, JUST NO.  I realize they used to make them in the old days.  The earth hugger in me realizes some coffins are better for Mother Earth than others.  The unreasonable part of me absolutely cannot handle the thought of my family making my coffin nor me any of theirs.  I would rather just be buried without a coffin than that (I already pointed out this was my unreasonable side).  The dumpster diving would have grossed me out but not ruined the book.  This section creeped me and and is still creeping me out.  I will give it that much credit–it’s still got me thinking, just not about a budget.

Read it if you want.  Overall, it isn’t bad and it is a quick, easy read.  It’s the ending that got me.

And now I’m quickly getting that book off my phone.


Barnes & Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/living-on-a-shoestring-anna-florin/1021181555?ean=2940011419126

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21719115-living-on-a-shoestring