A self-help manual for living good and living cheap, and like those women's page advice columns which deal with everything from travel tips to decorating, there's more than a little good sense here, but because the author is addressing an unseen ""average"" woman, the reader must cut and alter to fit. For example, only the young in heart would go for chairs made from nail kegs and cushions; and file cabinets turned into a dresser will not be everyone's bureau. On the other hand, the nail keg crowd is probably not too involved with the stock market or related financial investments discussed in a later section. And in the matter of medical care and how to shave costs, some of the advice needs careful qualification--the author felt well enough 24 hours after an unspecified operation to go home and she went; for others a walk-out could be a disaster. However, the sections concerning wardrobes, food buying, trips, gift giving, and hard matters like banking, loans, taxes, insurance and job improvement are sound. Slanted in the main toward the needs of career women, a little bit about lots of things--and you're bound to pick up some viable items.