The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams

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FT Press, Jun 9, 2010 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Struggling with debt?

Frustrated about work?

Just not satisfied with life?

The Simple Dollar can change your life.

Trent Hamm found himself drowning in consumer debt, working in a job he couldn’t stand… and figured out how to escape that debt and build the fulfilling career he’d always dreamt about, all at the same time.

Hamm shared his experiences at—and built it into one of America’s top personal finance websites. Now, The Simple Dollar is a book: packed with practical tips, tools, and lessons you can use to transform your life, too.

This isn’t just “another” personal finance book: it’s profoundly motivating, empowering, practical, and 100% grounded in today’s American realities. Trent Hamm will show you how to rewrite the rules, creating healthier relationships with money… and with your loved ones, too. With his help, you can get out of debt, start moving forward, and build the strong personal community that offers true happiness—no matter what happens to the economy.

Escape the plastic prison, and stop running to stand still

5 simple steps to eliminate credit card debt… and 5 more to start moving forward

Shift your life’s balance towards more positive, stronger relationships

Learn how to put the golden rule to work for you

Discover the power of goals in a random world

Then, learn how to overcome inertia, and transform goals into reality

Navigate the treacherous boundaries between love and money

Move towards deeper communication, greater honesty, and more courage


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I read this book on my Kindle. I chose this book because I enjoy reading how other people have gotten out of debt, or walked away from a career they didn't love, etc. My husband and I are on this road ... Read full review

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Chapter 1 Prison Made of Plastic
Chapter 2 Whats Missing?
Chapter 3 A Visit from the Black Swan
Chapter 4 The Power of Goals in a Random World
Chapter 5 Running to Stand Still
Chapter 6 With or Without You
Chapter 7 Minding the Gap
Chapter 8 Frugality as Framework
Chapter 12 Managing the Gap
Chapter 13 The PersonalFinancial Boundary
Chapter 14 Recasting Retirement
Chapter 15 The New Path to Adulthood
Chapter 16 The Power of Giving
Chapter 17 Holding You Back
Chapter 18 Original of the Species
Chapter 19 11 OClock Tick Tock

Chapter 9 Cultivating People and Opportunities
Chapter 10 The New Career Rules
Chapter 11 Life DesignBuilding Something New

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Trent Hamm transformed his life, escaping both massive consumer debt and work he couldn’t stand. He began sharing the lessons he learned through his website, The Simple Dollar (, which has quickly grown into one of the nation’s most popular personal finance sites, attracting more than 600,000 visitors every month.

He is the author of 365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money, and writes articles that are regularly syndicated to hundreds of small newspapers and newsletters.

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