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In Brokenomics, author Dina Gachman shares the lessons she’s learned about how to live large in the cheap seats. Through stories both painfully honest and laugh-out-loud funny that anyone can relate to, Dina reveals all the tricks you need to live the good life without spending a ton of money.
Brokenomics covers the place where economics and everyday life collide. It includes:
Rules for changing your mindset (There Will Always Be Someone Richer, Taller, Smarter, and Better Looking Than You”)
Wise words about making big decisions, like raising childrenor not (Why Have a Baby When You Can Just Get a Nice Potted Plant?”)
Clear-eyed relationship advice (Do Not Date Anyone Who Loves Their Bong More Than They Love You”)
Solid guidance for renters (The Freeloader's Guide to Housesitting”)
And strategies for talking to your honey about money. . . without breaking up
This helpful and hilarious handbook has the answers for crafting your own version of the glamorous life without breaking the bank. Dina shares advice on every page while keeping things fresh, light, and fun. Written with the wisdom afforded by hindsight, Brokenomics will appeal to recent college grads, newly committed couples, and those facing career crises alike.
Dina Gachman’s comedic blog about the economy, Bureaucracy for Breakfast, has been featured on Marketplace on NPR, ABC’s 20/20, and Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing Comedy. She writes for Forbes, Salon, Hello Giggles, The Hairpin, xoJane, and Interview Magazine, and she has published two comic books, about Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. The Los Angeles Review of Books called the Marilyn comic a sensitive, celebratory ode to Monroe.” Gachman has a BA in English from UCLA and an MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
She was born and raised in Texas, and lives and writes in Los Angeles.
Table of Contents
I. The Basics 1. There Will Always Be Someone Richer, Taller, Smarter, and Better Looking than You 2. Laugh It Up 3. Be Your Own Life Coach 4. Stop Trying to Keep Up With the Joneses (or the Carters or the Kardashians) 5. The Joy of Haggling 6. Always Tip, or You’re Going to Hell 7. How to Step Away from the Lotto Tickets 8. Why Have a Baby When You Can Just Get a Nice Potted Plant? 9. Why You Should Never Just” Use Your Credit Cards 10. Nobody Likes a Klepto 11. WebMD is Not an MD 12. Don’t Sell Your OrgansYou Need Those! 13. It’s Not Just a Coffee Shop. It’s an Experience. 14. Living Large in the Cheap Seats 15. What’s So Funny About Taxes? Nothing. So Let’s Just Get This Over With.
II. Home 16. Who Needs a House When You Can Live in Your Honda? 17. The Perks of Being a Renter 18. Flea Market Chic 19. Party Planning Like It’s 1929 20. How to Be a Guilt-Free Gourmet While Prepping for the Apocalypse 21. The Freeloader’s Guide to House Sitting
III. Travel and Leisure 22. Planes, Trains & Acute Nervous Breakdowns 23. Couch Potato Today, Gone Tomorrow 24. Somebody Knows Somebody Who Lives in Paris 25. Wedding Season: Their Dream, Your Nightmare 26. How to Fix Your Car with Velcro and Other Tips No Mechanic Will Tell You 27. Sneaking into Swimming Pools: A Lesson in Human Rights
IV: Fashion and Beauty 28. Yard Sales are a Girl’s Best Friend 29. Shampoo, Rinse, Spend a Gazillion Dollars on Highlights 30. Why Buying Great Shoes is Smarter than Investing in the Stock Market 31. La Mer is La Mer 32. The Neiman Marcus Experiment 33. Can’t Afford a Tailor? A Stapler Works Just Fine 34. How to Buy $10 Pressed Juice and Not Feel Like an Asshole 35. Share With Your Friends. Especially the Ones with Better Clothes. 36. Zen and the Art of Bankruptcy 37. How to Turn Your Beach Bungalow” into a Fitness Oasis”
V. Education 38. A Modern Warrior’s Guide to Grad School 39. Screaming at the Sallie Mae Customer Service Person Will Not Make Your Loans Go Away 40. So You Want to Major in Philosophy? Don’t. 41. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Direct Deposit
VI. Work 42. How to Babysit and Not Have a Breakdown 43. A Quick Guide to Internships 44. You May Be Desperate for Work, but that Doesn’t Mean You Should Join a Cult 45. Pop Quiz: How to Tell a Real Party from a Pyramid Scheme Party
VII. Love and Relationships 46. Always Value Love over Money 47. Toned Abs, Smooth Skin, and Immense Wealth are Fleeting 48. Do Not Date Anyone Who Loves Their Bong More than They Love You 49. To Sugar Daddy or Not to Sugar Daddy 50. Love Conquers All, Except Rent, Bills, and Car Payments