Hodding Carter lives within his means: Only for a book?
Excuse me if I gag on my own limited budget.
When I read more on his project yesterday, at first it confirmed my worst first impressions; Carter admitted to having racked up significant credit card debt, while living as if he made roughly three times his average annual income of $41,000. It's not like he was jetting to Monaco for cocktails and a dip in the Riviera a couple of times a month, but he did cop to a hand-carved walnut countertop. And at one point, his wife kicked him out for nine months due to his spendthrift ways (ouch).
I read the piece a little more carefully, though, and I think I may actually end up liking his book. He and his family will live on $550 per month after their mortgage and related expenses; for food, utilities, and the rest of it. They've bought 25 chicks for eggs; his wife has bartered legal work for a big pile of wood; they're going to grow an enormous garden. A book on living within your means? Ok, ok, I'll buy it. But only if you promise to show us how you can keep doing it for five years... a decade... oh, heck, why not forever?