Saved: How I Quit Worrying about Money and Became the Richest Man in the World by Ben Hewitt

The author meets an anomaly of the times – a young man who is ambivalent about money – and shadows this same youngsaved man through his activities to see how he ticks.

For most of us, having a steady cash flow is a vital part of life.  For Erik Gillard, it’s not as important.  For sure, he brings in a limited income from part-time work.  But, he attains his chosen lifestyle pursuing interests that don’t involve a monetary element.  Through barter and good will, Erik makes a life for himself, and does so without being considered a fringe person. 

It’s helpful that Erik’s wants and needs are basic, and it is his good fortune that he lives in a largely rural community in Vermont, where there are enough like-minded individuals to make his way of living possible.  Still, his approach is admirable, and in this book’s more entertaining passages, it’s enlightening to see how he fills his days (the chapter about the wild mushroom hunt makes it worthwhile).

I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of Hewitt’s previous book The Town That Food Saved.  The author has some worthy ideas in this one, but the book tended to bog me down when he discusses economic theory.  I’d say, though, that Saved is worth the perseverance, and some of the footnotes throughout are hilarious.

Try out The Man Who Quit Money, if you are looking for something in a similar vein.

(William Hicks, Information Services)

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