How I Lived a Year on Just a Pound a Day

by Kath Kelly | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 9781906593124 Global Overview for this book
Registered by lucy-lemon of Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on 2/12/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by lucy-lemon from Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Thursday, February 12, 2009
This was such a crazy idea, but at the same time really seductive. I would love to live on a pound a day, mainly because then I would have enough money to go on a very expensive holiday!

While most of the ideas here are completely impractical unless you live in a city, some of them are great. And she finds out about bookcrossing, which is always exciting!

Reserved for a bookring.

Bookring order so far is:
suedo - UK (UK)
AliceF - UK
turnpages - UK (UK)
voveryte - UK (Intl)
DSP - UK
AgnesXNitt - UK (EU)
aetm - Ireland (Ireland and UK)
sparkleberries - UK (Intl)
FiBe - UK (UK)
perfect-circle - UK (Intl)
LyzzyBee - UK (EU)
Laui - NL (EU)
ronsar - Greece (EU)
martjxox - Italy (EU)
solskinn - Austria (EU)
linguistkris - Austria (EU)
gingerwhinger - Austria (EU)
UbSiA - Germany (Germany)
samulli - Germany (Intl)
synical - Malaysia (Intl)
sarkiegirl - US (US)
Bug2004 - US (US)
jaenelle - US (US)
rebeccaljames - US (US)
NMReader - US (US)
Crossing-Guard - Canada (US/Canada) **
Leherin - US
nud - New Zealand
amberc - Australia (Australia)
Mozette - Australia (Intl)
Jean-Sol - Australia

Journal Entry 2 by suedo from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
It is indeed very seductive, and since we're currently adjusting to living on one income, I could use all the help I can get.
I have started this already, and am impressed enough to see if I can find more copies on bookmooch to share with my friends. Sadly not, but I will be getting one from the library to share with my other half.
I'm already at the bit where she finds bookcrossing, so this won't be here long. Mailing aliceF for her address next.

Edited to add I agree about how much is mostly only useful in a big city.

Journal Entry 3 by suedo from Redditch, Worcestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 24, 2009
This was a really helpful book, although a lot of her ideas are either things I already do, or things I cannot face doing.
I am not ready to try hitchhiking, so I'll be keeping the car at least a little longer.
Dumpster diving is definitely not for me.
Freecycle is great and I give and recieve on there regularly (last acquisition was a shredder, when I got it it didn't work, but using my mechanical skills I fixed it).

It is helping me in terms of making me think about every purchase, and plan days out to avoid pub lunches rather than plannign them around pub lunches.

I'm about to go look at some of the web links in the back.
Thanks for sharing, it'll be heading off very soon.

Journal Entry 4 by AliceF from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, March 01, 2009
Received by post yesterday: thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by AliceF from Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, April 24, 2009
Interesting, but to be a fan straight away is kind of a knee-jerk reaction. I've read some forum discussions about this book describing it as a tutorial on scrounging... which is a way to see it, for sure; the ethics of that are for the individual reader to consider.

Personally, I'd have got much more value out of it if there had been an appendix of recipes.

Journal Entry 6 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Thursday, April 30, 2009
Received this book today, thanks!

Journal Entry 7 by turnpages from Faversham, Kent United Kingdom on Saturday, May 09, 2009
This is an entertaining read about the ups and downs of consumerism and the rejection of the same. The tips and tricks on offer are also good to know, although living on a pound a day might be rather extreme...

Thank you for the ring!
I have already contacted voveryte for the address, so the book will hopefully be going out soon....

Journal Entry 8 by turnpages at by mail, a fellow bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Monday, May 11, 2009

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Journal Entry 9 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Arrived today! Thanks! Will try to read as soon as possible, though got quite a few rings at the moment...

Journal Entry 10 by voveryte from Woolwich, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Cool! Some of the saving tips were not known to me before and I was impressed. I can say that the book made me think, even if it's not the masterpiece of literature; and I can tell that towards the end I was already a bit bored as it became clear that Kath will go through the whole year successfully and I was more after the websites at the end of the book. And they are helpful! Not to mention Freecycle wonders,I was able to get few printable vouchers of my favourite places. Not freebies, but still money saving tips! I was always aware of consumerism and tried (and still try) to avoid this as much as possible. But at the same time I think that I wouldn't recommend anyone to live like Kath did for more than a year, as I believe it would definitely affect the health in one or another way. What about fiver a day? :) Maybe...

The book is going to travel to DSP tomorrow. Thanks lucy-lemon for the chance to read this!

Journal Entry 11 by DSP from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, May 31, 2009
This was waiting for me when i got back from a weekend away today. Looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 12 by DSP from Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 20, 2009
An enjoyable read with some good tips on living frugally. An interesting experiment but not practical for many people although it would probably do us all good to think more about what we spend. It would have been interesting to have a summary of where her money actually went on a monthly basis.

Found myself buying a loaf of bread for 9 pence in the supermarket last night and dividing in two before putting it in the freezer ! The lifestyle must be catching !

Thanks for letting me join the ring.

Journal Entry 13 by DSP at Book Ring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Off on it's way to the next in line for the ring. Hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 14 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Received in the post yesterday and I've already read a couple of chapters - despite the fact I really should have shot straight back out of my flat to meet friends for a drink! I did read an article about this lady, and it intrigues me how she did it. Probably really unrealistic for me, as I live in a semi-rural area, but I am already impressed that she managed a journey from Bristol to a village beyond Truro in four hours and for *free*! My, my - my very favourite price ;)
A timely credit crunch read!
Thanks for hosting LucyLemon, and thanks to DSP for posting on.

Journal Entry 15 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Oh. My. Goodness! What a great book! Obviously I couldn't possibly live like this - I live in semi-rural Cambridgeshire and we don't have the vast array of possibilities that the author did and does have to access. However I have been a very active member of our local library since I was 18 months old, I do search the supermarket shelves for offers and bargains, surf our local Co-op Food store for end of the day markdowns and, as often quoted by my Mama 'You were bought up Co-op!'!! I'm not quite as thrifty as I should be, but I have now marked 'free-stuff.co.uk' on my favourites and signed up for a couple of websites for offers and price comparison things too. I started re-using my bike a couple of summers ago, and use the bus when I can at the weekend. I do get use of a good gym for £25 a year through work - including regular assessments (if only I was good enough to get the full use of it!). I now must reassess my spending I think - and start looking for more free things out of life!!!
PMing Aetm for his/her addy and then will get this book moving onwards - for under £1!!

Journal Entry 16 by AgnesXNitt from Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 25, 2009
Aetm replied so quickly I can get this off in the post to County Cork today!
Being posted from Brampton Village post office in time to catch the 5pm post :)
Happy travels, O Helpful and Fascinating book for our times, and happy reading Anna!

Journal Entry 17 by aetm from Austin, Texas USA on Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Arrived today :)
Fighting with the internal voice - I really should study for something at work now.. so a chapter after some study, and should finish in the next 15 days (and study plenty on the same time).

(edited to add rating to this note so could combine the entry and release note in one note, just the release one)

Journal Entry 18 by aetm at Cork, Co. Cork Ireland on Monday, July 13, 2009

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I'm nearly done with the book and love it. Many great ideas, and she definitely LIVED the year, not just survived that year. I plan to implement some of the ideas in the life.. and some I do already. Bookcrossing, couchsurfing, recycling shelves, freecyclers.. cooking from scratch...
But to implement most ideas here in Ireland would be awkward - everything is just expensive. I'll finish my more longer (nice) ramble here.
I will be off for this week and not sure if I have internet, so therefore the release note already. I have sparkleberries' address, and sent her the book from Spain on 16th.

Journal Entry 19 by Sparkleberries from Hereford, Herefordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 26, 2009
The book has arrived, thank you to the lovely Anna for sending it on to me! I have read a few chapters and am really enjoying it so far!

Journal Entry 20 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Arrived safely today, thank you. It is next on the TBR pile so shouldn't be here too long.

Journal Entry 21 by perfect-circle from Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Sunday, August 30, 2009
Whilst it is an interesting idea and Kath Kelly does more than just survive for the year on £365, I didn't actually get an awful lot out of it. Freecycle, making things, free samples, testing cosmetics, gardening, cooking from scratch and, obviously, bookcrossing, are all things I already do. Other ideas such as hitchhiking are not at all practical with a toddler in tow and I felt that to do some of the suggestions - buying from the reduced shelf in the supermarket, would require more time than I have and, again, not great when you have a toddler to feed as well. I agree with AliceF, recipes would have been much more helpful to me.

It is a rather timely look at consumerism, given the current credit crunch, and for that I did like it, but in terms of taking something away from it, unfortunately not.

This will be off to Lyzzybee once I have an address. Thanks lucy-lemon for offering this up.

Journal Entry 22 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Thursday, September 10, 2009
Received from Perfect Circle a couple of days ago (Oops!!) Anyway in the middle of reading it now so should be able to pass it on soon.

Journal Entry 23 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, September 11, 2009

What it says on the tin really - the author spends a year trying to only spend up to £1 per day. This has the feel of one of those blogs-turned-into-a-book, not that there's anything wrong with this; it gives a book an immediacy and a propulsion through the project. She'd read "Not Buying It" and had the same issues as me with that book (why maintain 2 households and have expensive haircuts then say you're not buying anything) and from that point I knew I'd enjoy this book.

The most important thing Kelly does, I think, is *enjoy* her year. As well as not buying stuff, she makes the effort to go and find free stuff to do. So as wel as the BookCrossing, Freecycling and Couchsurfing, she goes to concerts, university lectures, taster sessions for various activities, and enjoys them. This does make the book joyful and fun, and it's not too preachy, even when she finds she does change her views quite considerably.

Like others on this bookring, in a way it's preaching to the converted. I already BookCross and Freecycle, buy cheaper, non-branded stuff (I won't buy dented tins though!) and am not keen on consumerism. But it's always nice to have your views confirmed, and there are a lot of resources listed in the back of the book that I wasn't aware of.

A good read, worthy and fun too.

FAO Lucy-lemon - would it be OK if my other half Matth3w read this too, as long as we kept iit within my original month? He read Not Buying It with me and is interested in this one...

Journal Entry 24 by Matth3w from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, September 27, 2009
I enjoyed reading this book. It was refreshingly unpreachy and was not presented as a guide to living frugally (at least not until the list of websites and other resources at the back), instead it was presented as a pure narrative with no commentary or editorial in the vein of the Red Paperclip book or Not Buying It both of which annoyed me for that reason.

Instead the author just describes how she managed to live on £1 a day for a year in a way which was engaging, non-judgmental and unpretentious. My only slight problem I had was the somewhat Mills and Boon-ish ending which I could have done without but nevertheless a good read and if you are interested then a good resource on how to live more cheaply.

Journal Entry 25 by LyzzyBee from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Sunday, October 04, 2009
PM'd Laui for their address today - sorry for the slight delay, my fault not matth3w's!

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Sorry for the delay - posting to Laui today. Hope you enjoy!

Journal Entry 27 by Laui from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Thursday, October 15, 2009
Caught it! I'm really curious about it. I have one BC-book tbr before this one, but I'll keep you all posted on my progress.

Journal Entry 28 by Laui from Utrecht, Utrecht Netherlands on Friday, October 23, 2009
Finished it! It's a very inspiring read. Lots of the things she suggests aren't really helpful for me, because I don't live in the UK, but I'm sure there are lots of free things here, too. I'm just curious if living on a euro a day would be possible, but I'm afraid I wouldn't last. But I'm definitely going to look into some free events in my hometown.

Thanks for sharing! I'm contacting ronsar and I'll post it on soon ;-)

Journal Entry 29 by Laui at By mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Mailing out to Ronsar today!

Journal Entry 30 by ronsar on Monday, November 09, 2009
This came last Saturday and I finished it the same day, it was an easy and pleasant read. Thanks lucy-lemon for starting the ring, thank Laui for sending it to me. Well, I agree with what is written by other BCers. It's not a great work of literature, it's for people who are already oriented against over-consumerism and I surely do some of the things she describes. But one pound a day is impossible for me. Besides I couldn't live without heating as she did and a suggestion she gives for saving on sanitary products is really outrageous and bad for anyone's health. For the rest it was O.K. and I'll keep some of the adresses she gives at the end of her book. Now I'm going to contact the next BCer on the list in order to forward this.

Journal Entry 31 by ronsar at Wiesbaden, Hessen Germany on Monday, November 16, 2009

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Sent it to solskinn today by post. I hope it arrives safely.

ETA.Martjxox didn't feel like reading it anymore so I contacted the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 32 by wolkenklang on Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It arrived! Thanks for sending it, ronsar, and thanks so much for sharing, lucy-lemon. I'm sure I'll find some great suggestions in this book.

Journal Entry 33 by wolkenklang on Monday, December 07, 2009
A great and practical book. It is exciting to read how she managed to really live on a pound a day for an entire year. I was especially interested in her experience how this lifestyle affected her health and personal appearance, and obviously she only looked better and got healthier, even without spending a whole lot on all the products and clothes retailers suggest we all "need" to have. However, I didn't find many suggestions in this book that were new to me. I would never hitch-hike because I think it's far too dangerous and I rather spend money on public transport or gas than save money and travel dangerously. Apart from that, pretty much all the tips in the book mirror my own lifestyle, with the few exceptions that I like to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, and spend money on books (and the bookrings on BookCrossing, haha), as well as a few coffees here and there, but not to that extent the author practised before starting her a-pound-a-day-challenge.

Journal Entry 34 by wolkenklang at bookcrosser, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, December 07, 2009

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The book is now on its way to Graz!

Journal Entry 35 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Friday, December 11, 2009
Yay, thanks everybody! Maybe I'll find advice on how to not ruin myself on Christmas shopping?

Journal Entry 36 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, December 22, 2009
No, I didn't get my christmas presents from the charity shop -- well, at least not most of them. :)
This was a fun little book with a feel-good message and a little food for thought thrown in. What more could one want? Well, quite a bit actually. Some people mentioned recipes (yes, please!), others asked about tricks that would work in rural areas (sure!), and then there is the international aspect: some of Kelly's tips and tricks will not work very well outside the UK. Central European shopping culture is somewhat different in that respect, and actual freebies hard to come by. Even the reduced sections are not always that promising. (The drugstore chain I used to work for never reduced anything and there was no such thing as a whoops- or past-sell-by-date corner -- the employees where supposed to buy such "accidents" for the full price. Needless to say I didn't, nor did I stay there for long.) And I've been to quite a few inaugural lectures and other university events, and more than a very modest nibble is rarely to be got.

Another thing that I find very important is time: I don't believe Kelly could have made it if she hadn't been working part-time only. When you spend 8 or more hours of your day at the office, I don't see how you can make room for the necessary bargain-hunting or free-event-researching.

Still, a quick read that may be more uplifting and inspiring than it is practical -- but that in itself isn't half bad either.

Journal Entry 37 by feloris from Graz, Steiermark Austria on Monday, January 04, 2010
Linguistkris was so kind to give this book to me before it will be sent on, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
I think I can safely agree with all that has been said before: It isn't world literature but a fun read, it is inspiring but in many ways impractical (I would never hitchhike, nor would I spend all my time researching free events so I can go out every day; and a lot of things only apply to the UK). And I really *do* wonder how she managed to stay so healthy on reduced snacks and free drink receptions.
But it did certainly get me thinking at the best time possible (the end of the old year), after reading it I did stay up til 6am tossing and turning and pulling things from my shelves that I no longer need, and I will definitely try to reduce my spending once again. The example Kath Kelly set here may well remind me that it IS possible to not spend the little money I have on things I don't really need.

Plus, I might just start a Freecycle group in my city here; there is none so far, and it's a real shame. :P

I've already got Gingerwhinger's address, so I will send on the book within the next few days.

Thanks to Linguistkris for letting me join in this ring, and thanks to lucy-lemon for actually starting it! :)

Journal Entry 38 by winglinguistkriswing from Remscheid, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Just a quick postscriptum: I believe the key to Kelly's good health wasn't so much in the food she could manage on her budget, but on the contrary in all the walking, cycling and generally being active and outdoors during her new lifestyle -- and then of course loving what you do and being proud of your achievements can keep you incredibly healthy no matter that all you get into you are reduced white loaves. :)

Local freecycle group? I'm in!

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The book is now finally on its way to Gingerwhinger in Vienna. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 40 by GingerWhinger on Thursday, April 08, 2010
Arrived today
Will start it over the weekend
Thank you

Some great money saving tips that I do my best to apply.
Not all practical but I'm lucky to live in a big city
LucyLemon has kindly given permission for HungryRaupe and BertieBassett to read this too but we'll get if off again in a few weeks - promise ;)

We've all read it and picked up at least 1 new idea each so thanks again for sharing
Have just PM'd the next in line

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Off to the next in line
Hope you pick up a few tips too!
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Journal Entry 42 by UbSiA at Sundern (Sauerland), Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, June 05, 2010
The book arrived today and I'm really looking forward to reading it after two other bookrings on my MtTBR. Thank you for sending and for the ring!
16/06/2010: I'm almost through this book and already contacted the next person on the list regarding the address: "samulli" does not want to participate anymore and I PMed "synical" for the third time now - hoping for a response - shouldn't I hear/read from her within the next week, I will contact the next person on the list of participants. ☺
19/09/2010: For me it was an okay read, but nothing special. Most of the "tips" I already do, so there is not much to learn from this book.
Anyhow, thanks for the ring, I hope the following participants will enjoy it more, or lets say, will get more out of it.

Journal Entry 43 by UbSiA at Sundern (Sauerland), Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Saturday, June 19, 2010

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The book started its journey to Malaysia yesterday! Good trip!

Journal Entry 44 by synical at Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Just a JE to say that I got in the mail today!
I have no idea why I didn't receive the previous PMs, but I guess it must've been something to do with the site revamp, as I usually have no problems receiving them in the past.
Reading it right away, so I'll PM the next person for an address soon.

Journal Entry 45 by synical at Petaling Jaya, Sultanate of Selangor (Shah Alam) Malaysia on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Being in a third world country, there was no way I could do this... if I up the number a little, maybe.
But already being frugal most of the time, I'm already familiar with some of the stuff she's done here.
This book would only be useful to people in the UK. I was also going to recommend this to a friend who's going to London for grad school... see how that goes.
Waiting for the next person in line with an address so I can mail this off.
PS - Book's on its way to America!.

Journal Entry 46 by sarkiegirl at La Quinta, California USA on Friday, July 09, 2010
Yay! I've been waiting for this one for a loooong time! So excited! I have a few ahead of it, but it should be quick, as I'm on summer break! Thank you for sharing it with us, and thank you synical, for the cool pic of the towers! I've never been to Malaysia!

Journal Entry 47 by sarkiegirl at La Quinta, California USA on Friday, August 06, 2010
Wow! I don't think I could ever make the sacrifices Kath did to survive on a pound a day! i would never hitchhike!!! Too scary! But, I loved the freecycle ideas (which I knew about) and it's great that she mentioned bookcrossing! You are right; she wasn't preachy, more like, encouraging...and I think it's good that she didn't want to "use" her friends. I liked how it opened her up to things she wouldn't normally do, seminars, book talks, etc. It actually inspired me to do something similar! I was visiting my mom in LA, and I looked up "free things to do in LA" and found that there is a guided hike every T--Th, and I took my friend and boyfriend! It was a nighthike, so I'm glad there were a lot of others around! I had a lot of fun!
I'm not really a spender, but not necessarily frugal either. I think it balances out. I have a tendency to buy more organic products (which aren't cheap) but sometimes you can get them on sale too. I took the last two Christmases "off" bought nothing, received nothing (except from my mom---you can't stop parents from buying you stuff, can you?) and I belong to amazon vine, so I don't have to buy books like I used to! And of course, there is bookcrossing!
I also have the book that she mentions, Not Buying It, but unfortunately, there are not links in the back like Kath has, and I'm in the US, so I need the links! I'm going to check out her links before I send it to the next person though.
Sorry so long!

Journal Entry 48 by sarkiegirl at La Quinta, California USA on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

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I sent this out just about after I made the je! So oops!!! It went to nmreader! People wanted to be skipped!

Journal Entry 49 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thanks. I will read as soon as I can

Journal Entry 50 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, August 30, 2010
I thought an update might be appreciated.

I read June and started July. I am enjoying so far.

Journal Entry 51 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, September 06, 2010
Interesting read about how a woman started this to save money for a nice wedding present for brother and ended by drastically changing her attitude and to a lesser extent her friends' and family's.

There is some helpful information at the end of the book to explore some of the ways she saved money.

Journal Entry 52 by NMReader at Herndon, Virginia USA on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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I will drop at the post office after work.

Journal Entry 53 by Crossing-Guard at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, September 30, 2010
This book has arrived safe and sound in Canada. I have a few books ahead of it but it shouldn't take that long. Can't wait to read this one!

Journal Entry 54 by Crossing-Guard at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Monday, October 18, 2010
What an interesting book! I loved the idea of what she was trying to do but some of her methods really are not options for me. For starters hitch hiking is against the law here and I don't like the idea of spending a lot of time looking for sales on food and then finding a way to cook it. Too much work! I found it very interesting that she had such a social life, I was thinking that having no money would really affect what she could do and would result in lots of time watching tv. Reality in fact was very different. It is inspiring me to start looking into free lectures or book launches as a way to meet people without spending lots of money.

I finished this a lot faster than I thought I would and as a result I haven't contacted the next person for their address. Leherin's homepage was not showing up on my initial searches but I will try again later.

Update: Ok I couldn't track down Leherin (sorry, if you know them maybe you could let them know so they could be added further down) and nub asked to be skipped. I have contacted the next person on the list and am crossing my fingers that they want the book so I can get it on its way.

Journal Entry 55 by Crossing-Guard at Calgary, Alberta Canada on Thursday, November 18, 2010

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This is off to Australia... wish I was going there too, it is cold here!

Sorry I had this one so long, thanks so much for sharing!

Please be kind to the enviroment and try to reuse the envelope.



Journal Entry 56 by wingamberCwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Arrived today. Next to be read. Thankyou.

Update; Mozette has asked to be skipped. Pm'ing jean-sol

Journal Entry 57 by wingamberCwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, December 10, 2010
Very thought provoking. I couldn't live like this, mainly because of where I live. But it certainly makes you think about how much you really need and what you can do if you want to live cheaper.

mozette has asked to be skipped. I'm waiting to hear from Jean-Sol to post this book on.

Journal Entry 58 by wingamberCwing at Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, December 11, 2010

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On the way to Jean-Sol.

Journal Entry 59 by wingJean-Solwing at Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, December 17, 2010
Perfect timing, thank you AmberC! the last day it could reach me before I go off on holidays. It looks like I'm the last person on the ring so I think I'll take it with me to read on holidays and post it back to lucy-lemon when I'm in the UK.

UPDATE: this was a quick and sobering read in the middle of the Christmas shopping frenzy! Interesting perspectives but I still can't work out how Kath Kelly managed to pay her utility bills and rent, even if she didn't use heating (possibly not a European Winter quite as cold as the current one?). Maybe I missed the bit where she explains how she did all this. Still she has convinced me to joing Freecycle, which I knew of but never engaged with, when I get home. So as she said in the book conclusion, she is making a bit of difference and makes the likes of me re-think consumerism. Surely that males her book worthwhile. It was a different and interesting read; thanks lucy-lemon for sharing it around.
Will post it back to lucy-lemon next week when I'm in London, rather than mailing it from mainland Europe. In the spirit of the book, it will save me money!

Journal Entry 60 by wingJean-Solwing at -- By post or by hand --, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, December 24, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (12/30/2010 UTC) at -- By post or by hand --, Greater London United Kingdom

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On its way back to lucy-lemon. Happy New year!

Journal Entry 61 by lucy-lemon at Llandudno, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, January 08, 2011
It's arrived home! Thanks to everyone who took part - it was a pretty epic bookring. Hopefully this book will continue its journey soon!

This looks intriguing, thanks for sending it to me Lucy (for 96p - so you only had 4p left in that day's budget I guess? ;-0 )

Journal Entry 63 by Cinderess at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, March 27, 2011
Although I found the writing 'voice' rather dull I read this in one sitting. I liked the helpful list of websites and organisations at the end of the book.

The reason for spending a pound a day grated rather; why give up spending to splurge on an extravagant wedding present for a couple whom Kelly says are already very materialistic (I wonder what they made of this and other descriptions of themselves?!) BUT the choice of present was an excellent one and made me think about renewing my membership...

Journal Entry 64 by Cinderess at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, March 27, 2011

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I wanted to keep this travelling amongst Bcrs and see there are lots who have it on their w/l. Sending to one of my favourites!

Journal Entry 65 by house-elfdobby at on Friday, April 08, 2011
Woo hoo cinders (and the lovely lucy-lemon)! You little star - it was so lovely to hear from you, and for you to offer me one of my wish list books was just the icing on the cake! Will start this tonight (and read all the JE's) and rest assured I will pass it onto another bookcrosser to continue its journey :)

Looking forward to seeing you (and hopefully some of the other journallers) at the Nottingham UnCon. Thanks so much for thinking of me, it was tres sweet of you x

Journal Entry 66 by house-elfdobby at on Saturday, June 18, 2011

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A really interesting book, ideas which have no doubt been put in to practice in some way or other all over the country in this recession. Thanks for lending it to me lucylemon and cinders, taking it to the meet-up today to see if anyone would like to have a little read and save some money! If no-one takes it I'll bring it back and maybe save it for the UnCon as it has had an eventful journey so far, or wishlist it.

Journal Entry 67 by doodleali at Arnold, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Saturday, June 18, 2011
Picked this up today at the Nottingham meet, I am quite thrifty myself, but look forward to getting some new ideas.

Journal Entry 68 by doodleali at Arnold, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Didn't think this book was very well written and I already follow many of the ideas in the book for living frugally - but still good to read and think about how to live less materialistically.

Journal Entry 69 by doodleali at BCUK Unconvention 2011 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

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I will be taking this to release at the unconvention.

Journal Entry 70 by Pookledo at Nottingham, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Friday, September 23, 2011
Picked up at the Uncon. I couldn't resist! :)

Journal Entry 71 by Pookledo at Loughborough, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, September 30, 2011
Quite fun. Mentions bookcrossing and Freecycle as well as other money saving and environmentally friendly schemes.

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Passed on to another bookcrosser who has it on their wishlist.

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