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The New Spend Less Revolution

365 Tips for a Better Quality of Life while Actually Spending Less

By Rebecca Ash
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About the Author

Rebecca Ash

Rebecca Ash studied philosophy, french and psychology then spent the first years of her working life in China living on £80 a month. She moved back to London where she became a copywriter and spent the next ten years trying to persuade other people to buy, buy, buy... spend, spend, spend - and herself that she liked it. Rebecca has now quit that job, quit London and quit spending and is now a ... Read more on Rebecca Ash

Contents Listing

Preface
Introduction

PART 1. The Problem - Or why, despite earning a not unconsiderable amount of cash, most of it disappears on just paying for the basics

1. So why does life cost so darn much these days?
2. The myth of low inflation: Our hyper-inflated, hyper-bloated lives
3. Deranged consumerism. The pressure to spend, Spend, SPEND
4. So is all this extra money making us any happier?
5. We're all going nowhere - But we're going there fast...
6. How selfishness and ceaseless consumerism are destroying life


PART 2. The Solution - 7 Rules to help you live better, spend less and never let money ruin your life again

So where has this book managed to get us so far

Rule No. 1: Who said you need lots of money anyway?
Rule No. 2: Don't let the power of the 'oh but it's only £20' excuse ruin, bankrupt or leave you poor forever
Rule No. 3: "Rescue the essential from the clutches of the irrelevant"
Rule No. 4: Don't buy new if you can beg, borrow, steal or go without
Rule No. 5: Cultivate an enjoyment of elegant frugality
Rule No. 6: Find your own personal financial black holes and weaknesses
Rule No. 7: Always remember that it is about having more rather than less


PART 3. The Tactics - 365 ways to spend less while improving the quality of your life

1. Shopping
2. Your house and your home
3. More ways of saving or making money whenever you buy or sell property
4. Your personal finances and savings
5. Cut the cost of necessary household expenses
6. Food and drink
7. Cutting out unnecessary, excessive expenditure
8. Kids, schools and universities
9. Cars and travel
10. Leisure, pleasure and going on holiday
11. The kind of happiness that money just can't buy
12. Creating more time in your life
13. Your 'job' or your 'work'
14. Moving overseas

Conclusion
Preface
Introduction

PART 1. The Problem - Or why, despite earning a not unconsiderable amount of cash, most of it disappears on just paying for the basics

1. So why does life cost so darn much these days?
2. The myth of low inflation: Our hyper-inflated, hyper-bloated lives
3. Deranged consumerism. The pressure to spend, Spend, SPEND
4. So is all this extra money making us any happier?
5. We're ...

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A year's worth of money-saving, life-improving tips!

This book is about how you can live on less, spend less, and yet be far richer and happier for it. That is not to say that this is a book about going without, living the life of an ascetic monk or never succumbing to the desire to buy a Paul Smith shirt or a plasma TV. In fact, this book is about how you can actually have and enjoy more in your life than you have today while dramatically reducing the financial expenditure it takes to achieve it. By spending less you really can have more.

Right now you may be feeling weighed down by the endless expenses and financial worries that can dominate our lives. We enjoy a larger abundance of material goods and wealth than we have ever had before. Yet worrying about money is still the single biggest causes of stress - a condition that affects over a million people in the UK and accounts for 1 in 4 visits to a doctor's surgery.

The good news, however, is that you can choose to resist the imperative to grow richer and richer, heavier and heavier, yet increasingly hassled and dissatisfied. You do not have to succumb to the pressure to forever earn more, spend more and pay more for everything. You can substitute the clutter of excessive possessions and expenses with a new and elegant simplicity that allows you to appreciate the power of less.

By taking on a new attitude to money and possessions, you can go from feeling as if you are leaking money every time you leave the house to feeling immensely wealthy, from feeling unsure about whether you can make ends meet to having the pleasure of always having spare money and savings in the bank.

In some ways this is calling for only a small shift in the way you live, yet it is a small shift that can have an enormous impact on your life. Most of the 365 tips in this book can help save you the odd £20, £50 or £200 a year. Some could help make you £50,000 richer right away. Others could serve as a complete breakthrough in helping you rethink, reorder or re-prioritise your life.

Join the spend less revolution!

Media Coverage

Here is the City

"When it comes to belt-tightening, the City isn't filled with early adopters. But now that it's time, we know what we have to do (even if we hate it). With tips from Rebecca Ash's book, this is the ...

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Off-Grid

"We just found a great book called The New Spend Less Revolution. It's packed full of great tips to help you feel good about earning less and spending less. It's a vital step on the path to freedom ...

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Every Investor

Every Investor will feature the book in a forthcoming article on household expenditure.

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Every Investor

Every Investor will feature the book in a forthcoming article on household expenditure.

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Life.hereisthecity.com

the best 20 tips from Rebecca Ash's very helpful book- Here Is The City10th March 2008

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Life.hereisthecity.com

And remember, as Rebecca Ash says (and we believe): the less you spend, the wealthier you will feel.- Here Is The City3rd March 2008

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Off-grid.net

...packed full of great tips to help you feel good about earning less and spending less. It's a vital step on the path to freedom and happiness.- Off-grid20th October 2007

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Media Review

10 Ways to Get the Life You Want- Good HousekeepingFebruary 2007

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Media Review

Save and Have Fun- The Sun9th January 2007

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Media Review

A different slant on life (Pdf 2.3Mb)- Hampshire View, www.viewmagazines.co.ukNovember 2006

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Mirror.co.uk

50 ways to slash your grocery bill- Marie Lunn, The Mirror24th October 2006

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Media Review

After reading Rebecca's book, I think my life will change; I've never thought so much about how the simple things in life can be so pleasurable. If somebody had told me that peeling an orange could ...

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Media Review

Think cheaply, live cheaply...don't leave laptops, television players and DVD players on standby...don't waste money on fashion labels...don't pick up a basket when shopping...more tips in The New ...

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Moneyweek.com

An overlooked way to save money - don't spend it- Money Week15th September 2006

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Media Review

Spend less, feel great! The New Spend Less Revolution shows you how to get more, by spending less.Karen Turmer, Best magazineSeptember 2006

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Thisiskentandeastsussex.co.uk

from the sensible, such as watching interest rates and switching credit cards, to the sensational...- Kent Courier18th August 2006

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Thisismoney.co.uk

I was sceptical initially about Rebecca Ash's belief that life was just fine without bags of cash, but I think the book has made a semi-convert out of me.- Tindle Newspaper Journalist, Hannah ...

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Media Review

...since reading the book, I have cut right back on my spending- Mrs Naked Trader, www.nakedtrader.co.uk28th July 2006

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Media Review

...packed with 364 other great tips to help you spend less, and I recommend it highly- David Kuo, Fool.co.uk19th July 2006Reviews
since reading the book, I have cut right back on my spending- Mrs ...

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