Giveaway: “Fix It Make It Grow It Bake It.”

FC9781573443654The subtitle of Billee Sharp’s book is “The D.I.Y. Guide to the Good Life.” If that sounds like you, then enter to win this book.

It’s designed to help you consume less and create more. Sharp’s philosophy is “applying effort, common sense and imagination to daily living,” which she says can ultimately free us from unnecessary expenses.

Or you could view it a how-to for spending more on the things that matter to you (organic food, non-exploitative manufacturing) by reducing costs elsewhere.

“We all want the means to realize our hearts’ desires, but it is perhaps these desires that need to be reexamined,” Sharp says.

“We can see that our daily actions have very real repercussions, and what we do as individuals shapes our world both literally and figuratively. We now have an opportunity to take our vision for humanity more seriously.”

With a friendly, encouraging style Sharp shows how a less consumer-centric mentality can lead to a calm and contented life. This is by no means a grim and joyless “see how much you can do without” tome. No book that includes recipes for sangria and gingerbread men could be considered dull.

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 7 p.m. PDT Monday, April 1.  No foolin’! If I don’t hear back from the winner by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, I’ll pull another name. Check the site’s Facebook page on Monday evening, since I post the winner’s name there each week, or check your e-mail.

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  1. Kimberly Pickering

    This sounds like a great book! I hope I win!

  2. Karol Pearson

    Would love to win this book.

  3. I would love to read this book. Put my name in the hat.

  4. I follow via email and you are on my blog roll.

  5. I follow you on email

  6. Would like to win this book – no fooling!

  7. rosarugosa

    Sounds like a worthwhile read!

  8. In a year I’ve named “Simplify” this sounds like a good book for me to win!

  9. I’d love to read this book…thanks for the consideration!

  10. I already subscribe by email…

  11. And I follow you on Facebook, too

  12. Cindy Williamson

    Love to win….another great book to add to collection of frugal living books. 😀

  13. Cindy Williamson

    I am a faithful follower on fb!

  14. Cindy Williamson

    I am also subscribed by e-mail!

  15. Laura Devin

    I know…I just won a book…and I love it…but this one looks really good…!!! I hope I win twice?

    • Donna Freedman

      It’s always possible….Some other readers have won more than once.

  16. Follow you on FB. Looks like a something I would read.

  17. Hello! I kept meaning to subscribe to you and Pamela from Feral Homemaking finally reminded me to do so! Is this contest open to people from the UK? 🙂

  18. Also, just subscribed to your e-mail feed

  19. Also also, followed you on Facebook!

  20. I would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Follow you via e-mail too !

  22. I subscribe by email, also to your daughter’s blog. I haven’t seen a way to subscribe to frugal nation though. Am I missing something?

  23. Count me in.

  24. I subscribe via email.

  25. I follow on twitter.

  26. I follow on facebook too.

  27. Love the title. I follow on email.

  28. Heather

    Just signed up via email! I would love this book.

  29. vickie Jean

    I get your emails-book sounds good!

  30. Barbara Calder

    Sounds like a fantastic book. I hope I win it. In the mean time I am going to check for it at the local library.

  31. vickie Jean

    I hope I win -sounds like something we need to read

  32. vickie Jean

    I follow you on facebook

  33. Barbara Calder

    I follow you on facebook and email. This site almost always makes me laugh and smile.

  34. vickie Jean

    I follow you on twitter-grandmasreading

  35. I try to follow this lifestyle. Could always use additional tips & hints! Follow you every day!


    Sounds like more great ideas for my “live the life” help guides!

  37. I would love to win!

  38. I subscribe via e-mail.

  39. You’re on my RSS feed.

  40. I follow on Facebook.

  41. I also follow on Twitter.

  42. I subscribe to email

  43. This would bea great gift for my soon to graduate son

  44. Erin Cummings

    I follow on FB

  45. Thanks for the chance to win!

  46. I follow you on Facebook.

  47. I subscribe to your blog via email.

  48. I love DIY. I even made my own wedding cake and wedding centerpeices. I would love to win.

  49. Sounds like a great read. Would like to share a read like that with my adult children.

  50. I just started following your blog and I’m really enjoying it. I love to make things myself and would love to read this book! I might have to get it from the library if I don’t win 🙂

  51. I’m following you via rss

  52. And I am now following you on Facebook 🙂

  53. jestjack

    What a cool theme for a book. Count me in!!

  54. I’m a fan and follower…Great topic! I do all of these things, but could sure use advice on doing them even better…THX!

  55. Linda R

    I would love to win this book! Sounds like a good one!

  56. Linda R

    I subscribe by email.

  57. Linda R

    I follow on Twitter

  58. Linda R

    I like on Facebook

  59. Would love to win this book.

  60. I’m currently following you on both Reader and another site (while I try to find my Reader replacement).

  61. christy

    I’ve never won one of your book giveaways. However, you once gave away a book about living the “amish” way. I ended up buying it for 99 cents, really enjoyed it and it’s been passed around in the family.

    I hope I win 🙂

  62. Yep. I found this bit on Facebook first.

  63. This is me! Would love to read this!

  64. Hope I win.

  65. I follow you on Facebook.

  66. ImJuniperNow

    I gave up beef. I deserve this book.

    I follow/find you everywhere.

    Thanks, Donna!!

  67. Mary W.

    I would really love to win this book! Thanks Donna for giving away such useful books.

  68. Debra K

    Sounds like an intriguing book I could learn a lot from!

  69. Debra K

    I follow you on FB

  70. I am very interested in this book. Due to recent medical problems, I am reassessing the way my family lives and spends.

  71. Debra K

    I also subscribe via RSS.

  72. Cheryl Curtis

    Would really like to win this book, sounds like it would have a bunch of great info.

  73. Tricia Kolsto

    Pick me, pick me

  74. Samantha

    Here’s hoping!

  75. debbiek

    I subscribe by email

  76. debbiek

    I’d love to read this book.

  77. Hope I win!!!

  78. Melinda Weiss

    Would love to have this book

  79. Patricia

    I follow you on Facebook and saw this there. Sounds like a wonderful book to own.

  80. Ok, I want to win, even though buying it from Better World Books for five bucks wouldn’t be a deal breaker!

  81. email subscriber

  82. facebook fan

  83. Nicole (Moore) Berry

    I would love to win it as well!

  84. I love the concept of reexamining and evaluating what your heart desires and how those desires impact your surroundings and the world at large.

  85. Carolyn Collins

    This looks like a great book!

  86. Carolyn Collins

    I follow you on facebook and by e-mail.

  87. Rebekah

    I love DIY! Thanks for the giveaway.

  88. Rebekah

    I like you on Facebook.

  89. What a great book – hope I win!

  90. I subscribe via email.

  91. helpful, constructive, positive tips — thanks for another chance to win a great book!

  92. I subscribe via email

  93. I follow on twitter (moeyshay)

  94. I follow on fb (Moey Shay)

  95. Sounds like a good book!

  96. What an interesting book!

  97. Sounds like just the kind of book I would love!

  98. I know I would love to read that book!

  99. And I am following you on Facebook.

  100. My kind of book! Thanks for the opportunity.

  101. Katherine

    Pick me!! Pick me!!!

    Stay frugal, my friends!

  102. Katherine

    Would love to read……….

    Stay frugal, my friends!

  103. Sounds like something I’d like to read!

  104. I’m subscribed via soon-to-be-defunct Google Reader

  105. I also follow you on twitter.

  106. Teresa Burkett

    I have just recently found Donna’s site, love it, just what I have been looking for as a resource: to read how other’s are dealing with life, to gain fresh perspective, and there are such great great books and ideas!! I hope I win as I am dealing with a divorce and picking up the pieces after, financially not able to do very much. I need help and inspiration in living simply, & contentedly spending as little as possible. Thank you Donna for having such a valuable site dedicated to living life to the fullest. I now have this site as one of my settings!!

    • Donna Freedman

      Thanks, Teresa, for your kind words. If you haven’t already done so, check the “Popular Posts” section for titles like “Turning invisibility into stealth” and “The life I once led.”

  107. Sounds great, thank you!

  108. Would love to put to good use.

  109. Love to win–need some fresh inspiration!

  110. I am such a DIY nut that I have to enter this contest as many times as I can! Thanks!

  111. Sounds like a great book, after a while it’s hard to come up with new ideas. 🙂

  112. My wife would love this book. Hope we win.

  113. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  114. This is exactly how I am trying to live my life. I would love to win this.

  115. Tiffany Winner

    looks like a book i’d really enjoy


  116. D.I.Y. I’d like to read this. Thanks for the giveaway.

  117. I subscribe via RSS.

  118. Sarah VanDeventer

    What a great book idea, thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  119. Melinda

    This looks great!

  120. Melinda

    I subscribe via RSS.

  121. Bethany

    *inserts witty, yet self-deprecating, comment here*

  122. Deb coy

    Great book love to win it!
    Receive email and Facebook.

  123. Debi Gilbert

    I love things like this. I makes saving money fun like a game. I hope I win the book for some new ideas.

  124. Tracy Stone

    I’m assuming you can’t make anything by linking to this book (since I didn’t see a link), cause I’ve only just read the post, and since I obviously can’t win, I’m ordering it!

    • Donna Freedman

      Hi Tracy: No, I don’t make anything — unless you order from the Amazon widget on my site.

  125. Jodi Businelle

    This is what I need to learn more about. I have been trying for some time to create a “simple” life. This book is just what I need.

  126. Vernetta T. Mitchell

    I need to be a frugal as possible. I have incredible debt and want to retire in 4 years. I NEED this book!

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