An ever-growing segment of society is saying no to the conspicuous consumption and wastefulness that is destroying our planet, our pocketbooks, and our peace of mind. This lively collection of essays explains this grass-roots movement-and shows how we too can avoid the vicious cycle of debt and stress that lies at the end of advertising's lure. The bestselling author of The Tightwad Gazette tells how she made her dreams come true without mortgaging her future. The woman known as the Gentle Survivalist shares her philosophy of living simply in the chaotic modern world. The self-proclaimed Cheapest Man in America explains how his humble inner-city upbringing shaped his worldview. Vicki Robin remembers Joe Dominguez, the visionary coauthor of Your Money or Your Life, an excerpt of which is also included in this book. With hundreds of tips, and a special resource section, this important guide shows how anyone can take back control-and rediscover the joys of the simple life.