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While browsing though my local bookstore, I stumbled on yet another book I wanted to read, ya go figure.  The book was Possum Living: How to Live Well Without a Job and with (Almost) No Money.  I added it to my Amazon wish list when I got home and was surprised when I got it as a Fathers Day present ;o)

I had heard about the book online a few times and knew a bit about the story.  After reading it, I don't believe the intention of the book was/is to convert people into living an uber frugal lifestyle, but was more a personal story to show that you have choices, and with those choices comes a lifestyle.  You can be dependent on the "money system" or not, that it your choice... there are other options.

Now I won't pretend to think I would go to those extremes, but in today's world my family and I are looking to live a more simple life and get away from societies "keeping up with the Jones" mentality.  We won't grow rabbits and chickens in our basement.. well I would have chickens in the backyard, but that will still take some convincing for my wife.  However will do try and grow as much food as we can, learning to preserve, being more eco conscious and shopping more frugally.  These are also lessons we teach our son and will continue with our new baby girl on the way.  The one thing we strive to do, and what I think is the main point of this book, is to make the money work for you, not you work for the money.  My favorite quote of the book and a great way of looking at things: "It's easier to learn to do without some of the things money can buy than to earn the money to buy them"

It's a good read and has some pretty interesting recipies that most likely won't make it on our table any time soon, but it's interesting.  The book was originally published in 1978 and mostly still holds true.  The Afterword really caps it off...

If the book leaves you wanting more check out their website http://www.possumliving.net/

"Ask yourself what you aim to be and what you should be doing.  Are you living the life you ought to be living?  If yes, then good luck to you.  If not, then start taking control of your life."

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