Giveaway: ‘Live Your Life For 1/2 The Price.’

th-1On the back cover of “Live Your Life For 1/2 The Price,” prolific personal finance author Mary hunt perfectly sums up my feelings about frugality:

“It’s the money you don’t spend that ultimately gives you the freedom to live the life you love.” 

You tell ’em, girl.

Hunt, who’s written a couple of dozen books and created the Debt Proof Living program and the Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate website, gives readers the tools to do things like reduce costs, get control of spending, avoid fees, retire the mortgage off early and pay a fair sum for the right car. And she does it with her trademark humor, compassion and pragmatism.

In other words, she’s fun to read and she knows what it’s like to be in debt — boy, does she know! — but she won’t let you off the hook for any of it. Instead, she’ll throw you a lifeline.


When I gave away a copy of Hunt’s “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement” the comments were so lively – and at times so disturbing – that I wound up doing a follow-up column. No doubt the interest in “Live Your Life For 1/2 The Price” will be just as keen.

I learned something surprising from this book: that you can order furniture directly from the manufacturer. Hunt bought family-room furnishings from HighPointFurnitureSales.com – and even though she had to pay for shipping the cost was 50 percent less than she would have paid in her local home store.

Who knew?

You’ll know this, and a lot more, if you win the book. To enter, do one or more of the following:

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry (e.g., “Subscribed to your writing newsletter” or “Follow you on Twitter”).

The deadline to enter is 7 p.m. PDT Wednesday, Aug 3. If I don’t hear back from the winner by 7 p.m. PDT Thursday, Aug. 4, I’ll have the random number generator pull a new name.

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner from outside the United States will receive an Amazon gift card.

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  1. Janine

    Look like good reading and good information for funds to save.

  2. I like this writer and would love to read her book!

  3. Sara Underwood

    I’m still working on my last book, but I’d look to add this to my reading shelf. As much as I’ve read about Mary Hunt on the internet, I’ve never actually read any of her books.

  4. Janice

    I’ve read a couple of Mary Hunt’s books and love her advice. Would love to read this book.

  5. RoInSanDiego

    I follow you on Facebook and would love to win this book.

  6. RoInSanDiego

    I follow you by email also and would love to win this book.

  7. Cheryl

    I’m in, thanks!

  8. Cheryl

    Also a subscriber

  9. Cheryl

    And a Twitter follower!

  10. I would love to win a copy of Mary Hunt’s book. I’ve read articles by/about her on and off for years. I already receive your emails and follow you on Facebook.

  11. Lake Livin'

    That sounds really interesting!

  12. Lake Livin'

    I also follow you on Facebook.

  13. Sherry

    I follow on Facebook!

  14. mesquite

    I would love to have a copy of this book.

  15. Codee J

    I have enjoyed her books.

  16. Codee J

    Facebook follower 😃

  17. I have read some of her other books. She’s awesome!

  18. Pamela

    count me in!

  19. Looking forward to new tips for savings!

  20. spiffi

    I subscribe via Feedburner

  21. spiffi

    I follow on Facebook

  22. spiffi

    I follow on Twitter too

  23. spiffi

    This sounds like a neat book – and I will need to see if my library has a copy of her other books!

  24. Follow you via email

  25. Would love to read this book

  26. Tina in NJ

    This sounds interesting. I’d love to give it to my son, but he doesn’t read books!

  27. It sounds like this book has a lot of practical advice. I would like to read it.

  28. I subscribe via email.

  29. I subscribe to your writing newsletter.

  30. jestjack

    Would love to win and would pass it along to DD2.

  31. Susanne Nielsen

    Looks like an amazing read. 🙂

  32. Susanne Nielsen

    I subscribe by email.

  33. Susanne Nielsen

    I follow you on Facebook.

  34. following on fb

  35. I just found your blog recently and have subscribed. I love hearing about new authors and look forward to reading her books.

  36. Beverley Egan

    I would love to win this – always ready to learn something new.

  37. Beverley Egan

    I receive your emails – love them.

  38. Beverley Egan

    And I follow you on FaceBook.

  39. Would love to win this book!

  40. Jo Ann Rabinov

    subscribe by email

  41. Jo Ann Rabinov

    Follow on Facebook.

  42. I would welcome the chance to read this book! Count me in…please…thanks!

  43. Julie R

    I would love to win this book

  44. Would love to win. Also did not know you can order furniture directly from the manufacturer!

  45. I subscribe via email.

  46. I subscribe to your writing newsletter too.

  47. I follow you on Twitter. Am also going to see if my library has her books (and will request they purchase if they do not!)

  48. I would love to read this book

  49. I subscribe to your emails

  50. Follow you on facebook as Elena Istomina

  51. Caroline Dill

    Mary Hunt is my favorite personal finance author! Proof Living was the 1st personal finance book I read that I loved and got the message!

  52. This book would help me in my retirement

  53. kandace

    I would love to read and use half of the tips she suggests.

  54. Back when my husband & I were digging out of credit card debt, Mary Hunt was one of the authors I read (in addition to Elizabeth Warren & her daughter, before Elizabeth went into politics). This book would be great to win! 🙂

  55. This would be a great book to read and have on hand for reference.

  56. This book sounds awesome! I would especially love to check out the chapter on car shopping.

  57. Danielle

    I follow you on Twitter, this looks like it’d be full of helpful things!

  58. Would love to get this book. Wanting to get rid of credit card debt.

  59. Subscribe via email

  60. Follow on Twitter

  61. Like on Facebook

  62. Receive your blog newsletter

  63. Mary Hunt’s writing is right up my alley!

  64. I have learned so much from Mary Hunt. I would love to win this book.

  65. Follower on FB

  66. Michele Elam

    I follow her on Facebook and find her hints useful and enjoyable. I would really like to read her book.

  67. Cathy Lange

    I follow you on Facebook! I own several of your books too.

  68. This book sounds great!

  69. Kim Porter

    I’m a big fan of Mary Hunt—would love this book!

  70. I heart Mary Hunt, and I’d love to win this book!

  71. Sound like a good read. Please put my name in the hat.

  72. I adore Ms. Hunt and have been a subscriber for years. Thank you!

  73. Following you on Facebook

  74. Sounds like something my husband and I should read — just figured out that we could retire immediately if we could cut our spending by 35%…a challenge that we are trying to figure out.

  75. I follow you on Facebook.

  76. Stephanie

    I am in!! Thanks for this giveaway!

  77. Kristi Fairfield

    I would love to win this book. I really enjoy your Facebook posts. Very helpful

  78. Kristi Fairfield

    Follow on FB

  79. Kristi Fairfield

    Subscribers via email

  80. Kristi Fairfield

    Signed up for weekly newsletter

  81. Althea Farthing

    I’d love to win this book!

  82. Her books are awesome, thanks for the chance to win.

  83. I read her posts every day on Facebook. Always great information

  84. Sherrye Grotte

    I would love a copy of the book. I subscribe on email.

  85. Sherrye Grotte

    I also get you on Facebook!

  86. Mary Ollier

    Followed you on Facebook!

  87. I follow via email.

  88. Mary Ollier

    Email subscription

  89. Mary Ollier

    Followed on twitter

  90. Michelle

    Seems useful, would love to win – start with my daughter reading, then myself.


  91. Samantha

    I’d love to win but I can’t be too greedy – I won your daughter’s book on one of the giveaways you linked!

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  94. Cathy in NJ

    Great book pick me:)

  95. Cathy in NJ

    write a blog

  96. Ed Johnson

    I enjoy Debt Proof Living so I’m sure I’d enjoy the book.

  97. Carol Swezey

    Donna, You are my heroine and your column is my lifeline. Whenever I have frugal burnout, it is my balm

  98. Cakester

    Sounds like a good book. Last week a woman at senior lunch, where I volunteer ever week, told me she had learned something. She had realized after all these years you don’t have to pay full price for anything. I’d like to think I’ve already learned that lesson!

  99. Cakester

    I also get the newsletter.

  100. Followed you on FB

  101. I had no idea about the furniture. I’d love to learn more!

  102. I subscribe via feedburner

  103. I follow your tweets (moeyshay)

  104. I’m signed up for your write a blog newsletter

  105. Getting furniture for 50% less with the shipping – that’s incredible. And scary to see how much things are marked up.

  106. Sounds like a good read.

  107. I subscribe via email

  108. I also follow you on facebook

  109. I enjoy your postings and would like to read this book.

  110. Lynda Malloy

    I follow you and have for years….now on Facebook!

  111. I love reading your tips and ideas. Been a faithful reader for several years. Keep up the good work.

  112. Would love to win this book!

  113. Catherine Godfrey

    I love all your writing. I’ve done many of the tips & have better understanding of budgeting.
    Thank You

  114. Maureen C

    Sounds interesting!

  115. kim ach

    Would love to win.

  116. Looks like a great read!

  117. I’m also a subscriber.

  118. I would love to read her book.

  119. Teddy Wentz

    I look forward to reading my daily emails as well as on FB. I’ve learned so much from you!

  120. Melissa F

    I would like to be entered too. Thank you!

  121. Melissa F

    I follow on Facebook


  123. Sonja Johnson

    Looks like a great read! Thanks for sharing.

  124. Sonja Johnson

    Also a Facebook fan

  125. Sylvia Barrett

    This would be a great book to have. Thank you

  126. I also follow on twitter

  127. Thanks for the opportunity.

  128. Bobbie Hyndman

    I would love to have this book.

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