13 Books to Teach You Odd Skills

by Johnny Webber

1. Falconry and Hawking: The Essential Handbook by Philip Golding — Exactly what any beginner should know about the wonderful sport of falconry and hawking.

2. 100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson — An operative’s guide to eluding pursuers, evading capture, and surviving any dangerous situation.

3. Getting Started: Long Exposure Astrophotography by Allan Hall — A primer and fully-formed practical guide for entering the world of long exposure astrophotography.

4. Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson — How to knit animals, dolls, and other playthings for kids.

5. The Complete Book of Bonsai by Harry Tomlinson — Detailed, illustrated instructions for created a basic bonsai.

6. American Sign Language Dictionary by Martin Sternberg — An illustrated abridgment of the most authoritative reference book on sign language, with well-written and easily understood instructions for the use of each sign.

7. Juggling for the Complete Klutz — The definitive text on juggling for the beginner.

8. Cheats, Cons, Swindles, and Tricks by Brian Bushwood — Learn bar tricks to help you scam a free drink.

9. Visual Guide to Lockpicking — The definitive guide for learning the art of lock picking.

10. Beginning Glass Blowing by Edward T. Schmid — A practical guide for the beginning glassblower.

11. The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann — Learn how to create fun and useful objects with nothing more than a pocket knife and a twig.

12. The Parkour and Freerunning Handbook — A comprehensive, fully illustrated, four-color guide to parkour and free-running techniques, philosophy, and culture.

13. The Soapmaker’s Companion by Susan Miller Cavitch — A comprehensive guide to soapmaking with recipes, techniques, and know-how.

13 Books to Teach You Odd Skills

25 Ways to Save Money

by Johnny Webber

1. Switch to no-fee checking account (like Charles Schwab).

2. Open a savings account. Transfer a little bit of money into it every month.

3. Negotiate a smaller cellphone bill.

4. Use the cash-envelope spending system.

5. Watch your spending. Use apps like Mint and YNAB.

6. Cut out the car. Use public transit or bike to work.

7. Do your own car and home maintenance.

8. Take it easy on the AC.

9. Turn off the lights when you leave the room.

10. Ditch cable.

11. Find cheap hobbies.

12. Eat at home. Invest in a slow cooker.

13. Put that library card to use.

14. Keep an eye out for deals.

15. Buy generic brands.

16. Buy in bulk. Get a Costco membership.

17. Drink more water, less of everything else, and especially less alcohol.

18. Carpool.

19. Buy quality; never buy cheap.

20. Shop at thrift stores.

21. Get a roommate.

22. Join the Freecycle Network.

23. Write shopping lists and stick to them.

24. Repair your own clothing.

25. Hold a yard sale.

25 Ways to Save Money