Synopses & Reviews
Say all your friends are working fancy jobs, making beautiful babies (or thinking about it), hitting up fabulous parties, and all you're making is this month's rent. (Barely.)
In Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime, 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 whether you're making peanuts or six figures 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 children or 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.
Praise for Dina Gachman
Dina weaves comic gold by exposing the revelatory moments and little humiliations of things everyone can relate to. By turns fun, funny and gut-punching, she keeps it light but isn't afraid to go in for the kill.” Ransom Riggs, author, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City
Dina Gachman has the amazing ability to make you actually want to listen to someone elses money problems. You may not want to listen to a friend talk about her student loans, lack of job, or being on hold with the unemployment office, but somehow youll stick with Dina through all that and more.” Eve Troeh, reporter, NPR Marketplace
Dina Gachmans wry wit, perspective, and cultural knowledge give her writing a highly readable, fun, and easy to digest style.” Eamon McNiff, producer, ABC's 20/20
"Most people dont like to talk about money, or their own failures. Thank goodness Dina Gachman does. Her very funny book is full of great practical advice for anyone struggling with money which, lets be honest, is all of us.”Dorothy Pomerantz, L.A. Bureau Chief, Forbes
"Brokenomics is a wise, witty, and wonderful guide to living cheaply and well. Even the well-heeled should heed Dina Gachmans excellent advice that you dont have to spend wildly to have a great life. In the hours it took me to read her hilarious book, I didnt spend a dime and laughed my butt off.”Joseph DAgnese, author of The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed
"Dinas writing is awesomely weird in the best way possible." Jenny Lawson, author, Lets Pretend This Never Happened
"From unemployment to the business of TV, her stories are both smart and entertaining, which is not an easy balance to pull off.” Dorothy Pomerantz, editor, Forbes
About the Author
Dina Gachman's comedic blog about the economy, Bureaucracy for Breakfast, has been featured on Marketplace, 20/20, and Chelsea Handlers Borderline Amazing Comedy. She writes for Forbes, Salon, Hello Giggles, The Hairpin, xoJane, and Interview Magazine, and has published two comic books, about Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Gachman has a BA in English from UCLA and an MFA in film production from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She 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 Youre 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. Dont Sell Your OrgansYou Need Those!
13. Its Not Just a Coffee Shop. Its an Experience.
14. Living Large in the Cheap Seats
15. Whats So Funny About Taxes? Nothing. So Lets Just Get This Over With.
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 Its 1929
20. How to Be a Guilt-Free Gourmet While Prepping for the Apocalypse
21. The Freeloaders Guide to House Sitting
III. Travel and Leisure
22. Planes, Trains and 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 Girls 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. Cant 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”
38. A Modern Warriors 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? Dont.
41. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance, Direct Deposit
42. How to Babysit and Not Have a Breakdown
43. A Quick Guide to Internships
44. You May Be Desperate for Work, but that Doesnt 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