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1,001 Things They Won't Tell You: An Insider's Guide to Spending, Saving, and Living Wisely Paperback – May 13, 2009

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"A smart and fun guide…and essential reading for the consumer."—Gerri Willis, host, CNN’s Your Bottom Line
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Buyer beware. Based on the addictive “Ten Things They Won’t Tell You” column in SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, this book is packed with insider secrets and expert knowledge that show you how to take control and manage your money, your health, your material well-being. In all, it covers the top ten things they won’t tell you, covering 100 businesses and professions that readers interact with daily, sometimes profoundly. In addition to outlining exactly what you don’t know, but need to, it arms readers with insights, tips, and techniques to make each of us a savvier, smarter consumer.

Bet You Didn’t Know:
Your Veterinarian: “Vaccinating your pet could do more harm than good.”

Your Preschool: “We serve more junk food than McDonald’s.”

Your Credit Card Company: “Debit cards should come with a warning: Use at your own risk.”

Your Gourmet Grocer: “This bottled water is actually tap water.”

Your Fitness Club: “Our trainers don’t know what they’re doing.”

Your Car-Leasing Company: “You call it an odometer, we call it a cash register.”

Your Cruise Line: “Our engines break down all the time.”


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761151370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761151371
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dan Hersam on June 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic book. It gives you behind-the-scenes information to understand how things work in all sorts of situations that you're guaranteed to encounter in your life. The format for each topic includes the 10 things you won't be told (most often leaving you at a disadvantage) followed by a few tips of how to get on equal footing.

It's not the type of book you read through at one sitting, but I've been doing just that because I find the information so useful. I've read several 10-item sections in one sitting.

This book will remain on my bookshelf as an essential reference for whenever I deal with situations they cover. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on August 6, 2009
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SMART MONEY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE
has an addictive column, "Ten Things They Won't Tell You" . . . it
contains information that most folks don't know--and perhaps
never even think about.

Jonathan Dahl, editor-in-chief of the above magazine, and his
fellow editors have now put together many of these tips into
one book: 1,001 THINGS THEY WON'T TELL YOU (see also
Section 2) . . . to cite the subtitle, it's AN INSIDER'S GUIDE
TO SPENDING, SAVING AND LIVING WISELY.

You'll find useful advice from 100 professionals on health care,
education, finance, automobiles, house and home, insurance,
goods and services, travel, entertainment, pets, food and drink,
and a whole lot more.

However, what convinced me that this was a book that I
could rely on was the fact that it cited Courtney Yelle--a good
friend and one of the most knowledgeable guys I know--as one
of the experts:

* Courtney Yelle was in his Bucks County, Pa., yard raking leaves
when a gleaming pickup truck pulled into his driveway. Yelle says
that a clean-cut workman emerged and told him it looked as if his
driveway needed to be repaved-which Yelle admits, was the case.
But before he would commit, Yelle, former director of Bucks County
Consumer Protection, said he'd need a written estimate along
with the worker's phone number and address. The guy said he'd leave
it in the mailbox, according to Yelle, then backed out of the driveway
and disappeared forever.

Yelle says that the "worker" was a seasoned scam artist who
approaches people's homes offering to do jobs at bargain-basement
prices, often on the premise that he has leftover materials from a
nearby project.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lilac Lily on June 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a great resource to have on hand. "1001 Things they won't tell you" share true insider information of one hundred different industries. You will learn something new in every category. The book covers diverse areas such as Wedding Planners, Nursing Homes, Yoga Instructors, Weight Loss Industry, Tax Preparers, Florists, Restaurants and so much more. This is one of the rare books that you can pick up and open at any page and find yourself drawn in immediately. Highly recommended!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tax Accountant on September 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is really great. It's organized well, with a very definite theme. I like that. And it's readable, even enjoyable, which says something for a book that has many financial parts. You can read a section, put it down, come back, and not feel like you've lost your place.

It's not just one big story. The book is designed to be a collection of vignettes, like "10 Things Your Financial Planner Won't Tell You", and then it goes on to describe key points that are really useful. Some of the sections are actually scary, however. The section, "Ten Things Your Nursing Home Won't Tell You" made my stomach churn a little bit. I guess some things you don't really want to know.

The book is further divided by sections. There's a section on money, education, goods and services, medical expenses, etc. It's very well put-together and a fine read.

Conclusion: Recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momty on December 15, 2009
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When I was reading SMART MONEY, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL MAGAZINE, "1,001 Things They Won't Tell You" I just knew I had to buy it. There was so much information, I had to sit back in my chair and think about some of the things that has happened to me in the past. I was impressed with the information. It has kept me on my toes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Petunia's Mom on February 15, 2013
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The information contained in the book is enlightening. I devoured this book when it arrived. I've already put some of the information (wedding planning) from it into action and have plans to use a lot of other info (as in the real estate section and the goods and service section). Great Book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on January 5, 2013
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I can't put this book down, it is simply packed with thought provoking tips and information. I would definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fionnuala M. Baerman on June 23, 2010
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Got this book very quickly and was delighted to browse through it it has so much information that will save you a lot of heart ache and MONEY111. It is easy reading and entertaining and covers life areas from financial information and schools . Oh and it may also save you a ton of money.
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