A handbook for better living.

John Robbins was born into wealth and, as an heir of the Baskin-Robbins fortune, could have stayed there. He walked away, though, and focused on a planet-friendly and sustainable lifestyle.

The money he did have was lost to Bernie Madoff’s antics. But Robbins, already an author, focused his writer’s eye on a potential silver lining: “Curtailed consumerism could lead us to reassess our lives and values.”

The result was “The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less,” which I’m giving away this week.

“This book is about your relationship to money. It’s about finding a new freedom, a new truth and a new joy in your relationship to it,” Robbins writes.

“It is a guide to developing a relationship to money that is sane and wise, that enables you to thrive, and that connects you to your powers of renewal and creativity.”

Vicki Robin, co-author of “Your Money or Your Life,” has this to say about the book:

“John Robbins has lived the gamut — from riches to chosen ‘rags’ to riches to unchosen ‘rags’ — a journey that makes him an authority on every choice, every blessing and every curse of the money journey we are all taking. He brings so many unique talents and perspectives to this conversation that ‘The New Good Life’ is sure to be a best-loved resources.”

To enter:

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

The deadline is 9 p.m. PST Monday, Feb. 27. If I do not hear back from the winner by Wednesday night, I will choose another name.

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  1. That sounds like a wonderful book! Would enjoy the read! =)

  2. This book sounds like a wonderful blueprint for the way many of us will want to live in the future. I look forward to reading the book…whether I win or not, I will get a copy!!

  3. Mr. Robbins’ book sounds interesting enough to seek out at the library, even if I don’t win. Thanks for the giveaway, and best of luck with your new MSN gig.

  4. Sounds like a new way to think! Would love a copy.

  5. Would love to win. I can only imagine this gentleman’s horror when he found that his fortune was tied up in the Bernie Madoff mess. A DF of mine told me that the fallout from this evil man will be felt for generations. He also shared that a lot of “old money” had their personal wealth as well as family foundations managed by this guy…..POOF gone! I’m sure Mr. Robbins will have an interesting take on wealth and it’s many definitions that seem to be constantly changing.

  6. Never entered a give a way yet but this one sounded very interesting. I’m like others I will also look for this book through my library system.

    Congratulations Donna on your additional column with MSN. I book marked it. I also figured out how to subscribe to “I pick Up Pennies”. Now I won’t get the message across her new posts that makes it impossible to read the first paragraph. I found I could read it off my ipad without no interference just not on my computer.

    I also just visited Phoenix/Grand Canyon last week as a tourist.

    I kow you are going and look forward to your ideas of frugal travel to that region.

  7. mrs short

    sounds like a good read! i follow on facebook.

  8. mrs short

    i also subscribe via email.

  9. I tried to live the less is more philosophy, but I’m finding it increasingly more complicated to do so in this modern, high tech world. It would be interesting to read a fresh perspective on it.

  10. Sounds interesting especially the ‘unchosen โ€˜ragsโ€™ ‘part. Reflects my personal turn of life this past year, startingover @ 56. Might be a good perspective re-calibrator for me. Thanks for the great blog. I always enjoy reading your posts as they come through my email.

  11. Elizabeth

    Sounds very interesting.

  12. Elizabeth

    I subscribe via email.

  13. I subscribe via email, would love to win the book.

  14. I subscribe email

  15. I subscribe fb

  16. And of course, I read your blog.

  17. Katherine

    This sounds like a good book, and I subscribe via RSS.

  18. I’d like to read that! I’ll have to keep an eye out for it at the library if I don’t win. Thanks for the giveaway, and I hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend.

  19. CeridianMN

    Here is my entry comment.

  20. Sounds like a great book!

  21. I am subscribed via email as well (at a different email address than the one I leave with my comments)

  22. CeridianMN

    I also have been an rss follower for months.

  23. Sound like a really interesting read, would love to win it!

  24. I subscribe by email.

  25. I love the quote above, โ€œCurtailed consumerism could lead us to reassess our lives and values.โ€

    This falls directly in line with my own life philosophy, and what I’m trying to teach all of my children. Such a struggle when they go to school with children of rampant consumers!

    I would love to win these books!

  26. I love to win…I love to read!

  27. yes please!

  28. Sounds like a good book.

  29. I think this book would be a great read. I will also look for it at my local library if I don’t win. Thanks for all of the great information that you share with us, Donna!

  30. I also follow you on Facebook!

  31. Ro in San Diego

    I subscribe by email and would like to win. I actually have a friend named John Robbins who may enjoy this book.

  32. I’m in! I may get the book anyway.

  33. Sounds like an interesting read – thanks for the giveaway!

  34. I subscribe by email.

  35. I follow you on Facebook.

  36. And on Twitter!

  37. I would be interested in reading this book. The fact that he walked away from riches most people only dream of, makes him a hero to me. I have never had the opportunity to walk away from money (never had much) but I have sacrificed decent jobs/careers to be a mostly stay-at-home single mom, and I feel it paid off, although we still have to get through high school. I greatly appreciate the advice I have already gotten through your blogs and others. God bless!

  38. Looks like a very good read.

  39. I follow you on Facebook as well.

  40. As well as your new gig “Frugal Cool”

  41. I follow you on FB too ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Vicky Fox

    This would be great to win!

  43. Vicky Fox

    I follow on Facebook

  44. This book would definitely make me think!

  45. I get your emails.

  46. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  47. Christine

    I would love a chance to read this book!

  48. Christine

    I follow you by email.

  49. Christine

    I enjoy your posts on GRS, too.

  50. Christine

    I have “frugal cool” bookmarked!

  51. average guy

    count me in.

  52. Love reading and this sounds like music to my ears.

  53. I am very intrigued by this book and would love to win it.

  54. Another e-mail subscriber

  55. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  56. I subscribe via email. Thanks!

  57. I follow you on Facebook.

  58. marilyn carney

    I am really excited about this new book- I have children who need guidance on funds – I could pass on this information, or better yet, buy each of them (6) a book!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. Sounds like it’s worth a read.

  60. Congrats on your new job!

  61. I like on facebook

  62. I get your email

  63. sounds like another great add to the library

  64. Im being frugal and only entering the contest once ๐Ÿ˜‰

  65. I was laid off a job last year that paid almost twice what the new job I now have pays. It has been a struggle learning to live without all the extras I used to be able to afford. This book may give me more inspiration instead of always feeling sorry for myself!

  66. This sounds like a really interesting read. I’ve decided I want to be more frugal in the new year, so that my husband and I can save money to buy our first house in the next couple years. Since I’m the spender (and the saver!) in our family, I’m the one who needs to find ways to trim the fat.

  67. I’m also an email subscriber!

  68. AND I liked you on the Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. I would love a copy of the book!

    Congrats on the new MSN gig.

  70. Kathy King

    Following your new blog on MSN and Surviving and Thriving on Facebook…Would love a copy of the book!

  71. Love your blog on MSN!

  72. Jersey Babs

    Sounds like a very interesting book.

  73. I loved your money or your life and I would love to read this one too!

  74. I follow Surviving and Thriving on facebook

  75. Sounds like an interesting read.

  76. maybe I can learn something from him!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Hi Donna – I would love to read this book….please pick me!

  78. I subscribe via e-mail!

  79. What a great story – would love the chance to read it and grow! Thanks for giving someone the opportunity!

  80. Marcia Carli

    I have always admd him.

  81. I sure would like to win this book!

  82. I subscribe via email.

  83. I follow you on Facebook.

  84. A book? I’m there!

  85. Sounds like and interesting read.

  86. I’m still here! I’m like a bad penny, wait pennies are never bad even the germy ones.

  87. You email me because you love me.

  88. And I’m still stalking you on facebook.

  89. Very interesting!

  90. Facebook too.

  91. sounds like something my husband would enjoy!

  92. i subscribe by rss

  93. i like you on fb

  94. Sounds like an interesting book.

  95. I subscribe via RSS.

  96. I would like to enter!

  97. I would live to win this book. Thank you for offering it.


  98. I subscribe to your blog via email. Thanks!


  99. I would love to win

  100. rss subscriber

  101. This book is already on my “wish list” so obviously I’d love to win it. Congratulations on your new job by the way…can’t wait to read your material!

  102. This sounds like a book I could really get into.

  103. I’m an email subscriber. captainliss(at)gmail(dot)com

  104. This sounds like a great book – I would love to add it to my collection! Congratulations on your new day job!

  105. I would love to win this book!

  106. This sounds like a great book, it’s now on my wish list. It’d be fun to win it though!

  107. I’m an email subscriber and this book sounds like a great book, helpful and interesting! Thanks!

  108. Sounds like a great book–I could use sometihng to keep me motivated!

  109. I would love to have this book! I think I would enjoy it very much.

  110. This would be a great addition to any library.

  111. This sounds like a great read!

  112. Have read one of his other books. Would like to read this one – even if I don’t win.

  113. Sign me up!

  114. RSS subscriber

  115. Magislibri

    I would love to win this book!

  116. I’d love to win this book!

  117. RSS Subscriber

  118. Would love to have this book.

  119. Sounds interesting!

  120. I’d love to win this!

  121. Hi Donna,
    I am now following you on Twitter.

  122. . . . . and I am following you on Facebook, too.

  123. I’m subscribed, too.

  124. I would love to read this book.

  125. This sounds like an interesting book and I would love to win it. I look forward to reading your blog every day.

  126. Sounds like a great book. Also love your new “Frugal Cool.”

  127. Nicole Berry

    Sounds like a fascinating read!

    Also, congrats on “Frugal Cool!”

  128. I would love to add this book to my library. I am starting a new job, a new atitude and this book will give me the reinforcement to help.

  129. I would love to receive this book. I am currently going through a post-divorce life change, which includes reassessing how I use money. I would love to read John’s perspective on this.

  130. I just signed up for your RSS feed. Looking forward to reading more from you!

  131. I also would love to win this book!

  132. ImJuniperNow

    Is this one of those “no good deed goes unpunished” things?

    I’d love to read and share this book.

  133. I would love to have this book. Thank you for the opportunity and your wonderful website!

  134. Donna, love your posts on GRS and am becoming a reader of your other sites.
    Keep up the good work. Frugal is my middle name.

  135. This sounds like an interesting book that I would enjoy! Love to have it.

  136. I recently retired (not by choice) and need to learn alot fast. Will share info with those I know via Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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