So my plan was to write out a thoughtful article around frugality for you today, but after an off chance conversation with a stranger I’m gonna hit you with two quick book tips here instead ;)
With the first one coming from my newfound friend! (Thanks Ed!)
Turns out he’s an expat currently living in Taiwan teaching English, and as we got onto the topic of money which usually ends up happening (he doesn’t get social security working there, NOR can he invest in Vanguard funds, eek!), he asked if I ever heard of the “Millionaire Teacher” book before. Which is apparently the Holy Bible of all things finance in his community ;)
I told him I’d heard of it before and even given away a few copies on the blog over the years, but I admittedly hadn’t checked it in depth mainly just because I’m not a teacher.
He said it was a great book for *everyone* though, so below is a quick snapshot of it for anyone who might be interested in giving it a shot:
Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School
by Andrew Hallam
Millionaire Teacher shows you how to achieve financial independence through smart investing — without being a financial wizard.
Author Andrew Hallam was a high school English teacher. He became a debt-free millionaire by following a few simple rules. In this book, he teaches you the financial fundamentals you need to follow in his tracks. You can spend just an hour per year on your investments, never think about the stock market’s direction — and still beat most professional investors.
It’s not about get-rich-quick schemes or trendy investment products peddled by an ever-widening, self-serving industry; it’s about your money and your future.
This new second edition features updated discussion on passive investing, studies on dollar cost averaging versus lump sum investing, and a detailed segment on RoboAdvisors for Americans, Canadians, Australians, Singaporeans and British investors.
(Another great blogger around finance and teaching, btw? Ed over at MillionaireEducator.com. Super NICE guy, and always hacking the system to pound out more investments – highly recommend :))
Tip #2 today comes from yours truly who started doing this about three years ago when he ran out of boxes to ship books in…
And that’s using Trader Joe’s paper bags to wrap up and mail out all packages! No boxes required! Which not only gives you that nice old school feel to it, but also serves as an excellent – and FREE! – way to repurpose your bags :) And since Trader Joe’s likes to double bag all your groceries, you actually get more than enough to ship out a small army worth of books whenever needed, haha…
Here’s one I just wrapped up for one of our recent giveaway winners:
So nice and clean looking, right?!
Just be sure to *flip* the bags inside out or else they might come across more tacky than frugal, haha…
Other great uses for it:
- Drawing paper
- Gift wrapping
- Carrying SUPER heavy stuff! (Those bags are sturdy!)
- Getting really nerdy compliments
I’m not sure if *all* communities would appreciate this as much, but here in the $$$ world it certainly goes over well ;) Here are two messages I recently got from people who seemed more excited about the packaging job than the actual items they contained, haha…
“Love the frugal packaging…never thought of that. And I’m eclectic!”
“Props to you for wrapping [my book] in a Trader Joes bag! I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the next time I send a book through the mail. No Trader Joes around here, but I have a pile of Aldi bags from those couple of times I forgot to bring my own. They’ll be perfect.”
So there you have it – a good book, and a good way to wrap your books!
It’s the small things in life, my friends ;)
What frugal things have you got into, lately?
UPDATE: Be sure to mail books “media mail” too! Which will get the costs down as low as possible, so long as you don’t mind them taking an extra couple of days to get there :)
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