The Moneyless Man

The Moneyless Man

[a Year of Freeconomic Living]

Book - 2010
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The astonishing reality of living without our most important resource. Imagine a year without spending any money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary and compelling story. Going back to basics and following his own strict rules, Mark learned ingenious ways to eliminate his bills and flourish for free. Encountering seasonal foods, solar panels, skill-swapping schemes, cuttlefish toothpaste, compost toilets and - the unthinkable - a cash-freeChristmas, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and offers some great tips for economical (and environmentally friendly) living. Highlighting the huge wastage inherent in modern Western living - we throw away a third of our food - Mark explains how to feed yourself for free with "the four legs of the food-for-free table". From making paper out of mushrooms and to constructing a rocket stove from discarded catering cans, Mark advocates a return to local economics where we can see the consequences of what we consume. Heart-warming and witty, learn how Mark's mission affected his relationships. What did his parents think of his crusade? Can you keep a girlfriend when you are moneyless? Do your friends keep in contact when you can't go out for a beer? A testament to Mark's astounding determination, this thought-provoking book will make you re-evaluate your relationship to your wallet. Mark Boyle has founded the worldwide 'freeconomic' movement. An economics graduate and former business director, he is Irish and lives in Bristol in the UK. His website ( receives up to 30,000 hits a day and has become a hub for community sharing with over 17,000 members worldwide (many in the US). His story has been reported worldwide and he is an excellent self-publicist. He has been covered in media including: Wall Street Journal, CNN, Huffington Post, New York Metro, BBC World Service, Guardian of London, Sky News, The Times of London, The Star of Canada, La Presse of Canada. Mark is lined up to be interviewed on CNN shortly as The Connector of the Day - a slot which goes out to 300 million people worldwide. He also plans to do a moneyless tour of the US to coincide with publication, where based on previous coverage, he expects major press interest. As he will be hitch-hiking (illegal in the US) and promoting this, he expects more publicity if and when he is arrested.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oneworld, 2010
ISBN: 9781851687817
Branch Call Number: 332 .024 BOY
Characteristics: 206 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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Jul 28, 2014

A worthwhile read! Appreciated author-Mark Boyle's sharing his journey. I have been reading and practicing a thrifty lifestyle. Mark Boyle is going a step further than thrifty, stepping out of the everyday and into his own spiritual/lifestyle choice. Living closer to nature. People in my life think I have a small foot print. Compared to the author I have mammoth feet! A must read if just to witness someones courageous break from the everyday norm. His story is life affirming and an inspiration for living in a consumer world.

Nov 07, 2011

this guy has alot of energy and idealism. the book is well worth the read, it really stuck with me.

quite a concept really just to do things (big things) for no money ever and have faith that everything will work out. I wish him the best on his quest to help usher in a new age.

Apr 20, 2011

eccentric person with strange ideas

Mar 01, 2011

This is more than living outside of a consumer-driven system, it's a spiritual journey that is made credible by someone actually having lived it. Other books may talk about their journey into happiness, but are nothing but fluff, compared to this.

Some of the ideas in here are hidden gems, and you have to be astute to see them, such as community over autonomy, reducing your own footprint by creating your own energy, living with mostly local resources, and removing your wastes yourself, and much more.

Worthwhile read.

Read also "Down to This", a man spending a year in Toronto's Tent City.


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Oct 06, 2010

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