Scratch Beginnings Author Interview

2008 February 18
by Kyle Bumpus
from → Frugality

I think this interview is great. It’s an interview with Alan Shepard over at about a social experiment of his where he started with just $25 in Charleston, South Carolina and managed to save up over $2500, live in a furnished apartment, and buy a car in less than a year doing manual labor. It’s nice to know you can still start with nothing and work your way up in America. If you listened to the current political rhetoric coming from both parties, you’d think this would be impossible.

Alan Shepard is the author of Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream¬†which is basically a direct response to Barbara Ehrenreich’s well-known book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.¬† In the interview, he talks about how frugality was the key to his success and how yes, you can be happy and poor.

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