Giveaway: A whole lotta ways to live large.

I love Wise Bread. How could you not love a blog that offers “5 frugal tips for perpetually lazy people,” instead of assuming that we’re all willing to walk five miles to save five cents?

The fact is, frugality means different things to different people ā€“ and that blog has something for just about everyone, from world travelers to stay-at-home parents.

This week Iā€™m giving away a copy of ā€œ10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget,ā€ put together by the lovely and talented writers at Wise Bread. This is no tip-a-day pamphlet, either. It’s a hefty trade paperback that will teach you how to do stuff like:

  • Bake bread
  • Remove car dents
  • Lower your blood sugar
  • Hustle free drinks
  • Make fake facial warts for Halloween

And there are still 9,996 tactics to go. The mind boggles.

To enter:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave an additional comment to get credit for each entry.

Entry deadline is 9 p.m. PDT Monday, Nov. 1. A random number generator will determine the winner.


  1. I want the book!

  2. I subscribe!

  3. I think this giveaway has my name all over it. It looks like a great book so I’m off to have a look at the blog. You always provide such interesting links, Donna. Thanks for that.

  4. I would like to “live large” and I defiantly have a small budget!

  5. I subscribe to RSS feed!

  6. Katherine

    I subscribe through the RSS feed.

  7. ME, ME, ME!! I need this one!!!! :)!

  8. Loving your blog! Also loving that book, and I might just buy it even if I don’t win. šŸ˜‰

  9. And I’m following on twitter!

  10. Danielle

    I subscribed via e-mail :)

  11. Bake bread and fake warts? My kind of book!

  12. And of course I subscribe to both yours and your daughter’s “I pick up Pennies” blogs.

  13. I’m sort of new to the frugal lifestyle. Having 2 incomes at our household had spoiled me! Now we are down to 1 and 1/3, so I have learned how to be creative and stretch our dollars, thanks in part to Surviving and Thriving, and Get Rich Slowly. I love reading blogs from people who have come up with new ways to save money, that still allow some flexibility for things like an occasional iced coffee :)


  14. Great giveaway! Just signed up for the email subscription.

  15. This looks nice

  16. I have been subscribing since you started the blog! Love it

  17. I subscribe through RSS.

  18. I would love to win this book!

  19. I love the Wisebread site, and have been reading it for years. I just found your blog, but I am thoroughly enjoying reading it. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  20. I also subscribe via RSS.

  21. Carol the Long Winded

    I’d love to win this!

  22. Carol the Long Winded

    facebook follower

  23. Carol the Long Winded

    and twitter

  24. Would love to win this! I have a dent in my car and am too cheap to take it to the shop.

  25. Carol the Long Winded

    and subscribe via an RSS

  26. I get your emails.

  27. I follow you on twitter.

  28. I get your RSS feeds.

  29. This sounds like a fun book!!!

  30. I get your emails!!

  31. Sarahbelle

    I subscribe to the RSS feed

  32. Sarahbelle

    I love the idea of the book and who does not want to live large?

  33. Sherry H

    I love deals, and I love books. (Oh, and I love your blog, which I recently discovered…) Please enter me! And thank you so much for the opportunity.

  34. Sign me up! Thx.

  35. Facebook too! Thx.

  36. I would love to win this book. As a new mom I’m really trying to find way’s to cut my budget!

  37. I subscribe via email.

  38. I follow you on FB.

  39. More input is always good….and I might need fake facial warts for Halloween next year!

    • Donna Freedman

      @Jenny: Why wait until Halloween? Wear fake facial warts to your next job review!

  40. Love Wise Bread, Love You! Follow your blog, on Smart Spending, etc. Need this book!

  41. I’m a subscriber!

  42. The party can start now!

  43. And I get ya by email, too!

  44. And I just got you on Facebook. I’m so 21st century.

  45. I want the book! Sounds helpful already!

  46. I subscribe via rss AND email

  47. I follow you on twitter (@oshkoshbgosh123)

  48. ImJuniperNow

    After I read it I can use it as a doorstop, line the bottom of my birdcage or wrap Christmas presents.

    How’s that for being frugal and lazy?


    • Donna Freedman

      @ImJuniperNow: It’s a pretty heavy book so would make a fine blunt instrument, too. Next time someone twitted you about frugality, WHACK! upside the head.
      The pen is mightier than the sword.

  49. Thanks for your blog. I filed bankruptcy 16 months ago, went through horrible feelings of deprivation, came to accept my new situation, worked hard and started saving for the first time in my life. Now I have some money in the bank and, although I have the CASH to buy “stuff” again, I find that I don’t. And I don’t mind not having everything. I’m only sorry it took a horrible situation to make me learn to be frugal and wise.

  50. Sounds fascinating–I’d love to win a copy!

  51. Emma Sutton

    yay fake warts!!!!!!

  52. Elizabeth

    I’m intrigued.

  53. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  54. I would love to have this book! Hope I win. Great endorsement.

  55. A entire book about frugal advice? And it’s free? Yes, please!

  56. I also subscribe to Surviving and Thriving.

  57. I’m already living large in girth and mirth but not net worth, so I’d love to win a copy. :)

  58. Josephine

    wheee! i wanna read.

  59. Would love to win this book!

  60. average no

    who has time to read these days?

  61. Looking forward to someday winning. Love your site!

  62. I got this from the library…liked it! I’d love a copy — which I’d probably give to youngest daughter for Christmas.

  63. and I’m subscribed…

  64. Debbie Chioffe

    Now THIS is my Kind of book! I would adore a copy of it and certainly put it to good use!!! This would be a great win!

  65. Debbie Chioffe

    I subscribe to you ( Like you! ) on Facebook!

  66. Debbie Chioffe

    I subscribe to you Via email! ..In fact that is where I was alerted to this excellent contest! Thanks!

  67. I’ve love your site on MSN Donna for years now. And I just found you here. You’ve been a wonderful source of encouragement for me. I’ve been living {barely} on Social Security Disability for 9 years now. But these passed 8 months have been extremely difficult. I’m sure other bloggers can relate. I literally have about $10 left over each month. Trust me, I’m grateful for that. I know a few people in the red at the end of each month. Being able to deposit even that small amount in my Savings Account gives me such a good feeling of contentment! I wish all my fellow posters the same feeling.

  68. Aunt Jenny

    I’ve been a huge fan of WiseBread for a long time and would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  69. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for the chance at it.

  70. Tracy Stone

    Sounds like there might be some info in that book that’s new to me.

  71. Tracy Stone

    I subscribe via e-mail.

  72. Rocio H.

    Would love this book for my sister who is going through some rough times.

  73. Rocio H.

    I subscribe to your blog via email! Thank you for the chance.

  74. my mind has boggled! i love wise bread, too.

  75. i’m a subscriber!

  76. I’m also a twitter follower (@bashtree)

  77. I would love a copy. I already am getting rss updates, so all set there.

  78. Count me in, please.

  79. Please oh please pick me!

  80. I also subscribe via e-mail!

  81. I love Wisebread, as well as your blog!

  82. Stumbeline

    Thanks for offering this giveaway. I’d love to win this book.

  83. Stumbeline

    I’m an email subscriber.

  84. Jennifer

    This book sounds great! I am always looking for new ways to economize.

  85. What could be better ? : )

  86. Heather S

    What a great giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

  87. Sound like a great read!

  88. Francisco Suarez

    Exciting more ways to be a better EL CHEAPO

  89. I would LOVE to win this, we have hit really hard times and anything would help in the attempt to be cheap

  90. Hi – just wanted to let you know that I find your columns inspirational, both in terms of things to do to save money and to stop feeling so sorry for myself, since I am blessed with much that I often take for granted.

  91. Oh, and I also just subscribed to your newsletter :-)

  92. Sounds like a great book!

  93. I also love Wise Bread and I would like to win this book.

  94. Oh, Nirvana for the frugal–a free book about frugality! My frugal heart palpitates at the thought. I would love to have it.

  95. Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. Susan Holbrook

    Hi Donna, would love to win this book!!!! Pick me.

  97. sandra jensen

    Does it say how to get rid of real warts? šŸ˜‰

  98. sandra jensen

    I follow you on Facebook!

  99. sandra jensen

    I receive your email feed – thanks for the giveaway!

  100. Sandra Gonzales

    Please let it be me!

  101. This sounds so interesting! Pick me random number generator!

  102. Jennifer

    I would love to win this for my mom!

  103. That book sounds excellent!

  104. I am subscribed via RSS

  105. And I follow on Facebook :)

  106. Nice site you have here..great giveaway!

    ndisilvio @ gmail dot com

  107. I follow you on facebook

    ndisilvio @ gmail dot com

  108. I follow you on twitter.

    ndisilvio @ gmail dot com

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