Customer Reviews: Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money
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OK, we have all seen those books full of money-saving and penny pinching tips. This is yet another in that genre. But it's the newest, freshest and most up to date book in this genre, and many of the "same-old same-old" tips have been updated for our current financial hard times. Not only that, but there's a scattering of unique tips by "the worlds cheapest man".

If you are newly into penny-pinching this is an excellent book to get you started. If you are an experienced saver, you will still pick up some new tips and plenty of updates on the old stand-byes. Don't get me wrong- if you just bought one of his competitors books, you probably don't have to rush out and buy this one- but it couldn't hurt to take a look at Clark's book anyway.

There's 250 tips, some of which are "well sure" but many of which are "Why didn't I think of that!". Clark Howard covers insurance, prescriptions, utility savings, mortgages, cell phones, and even consumer fraud and identity theft. These last are part of what sets this book apart- sure those security tips are available elsewhere, but it's nice having them all in one easy to read book.

I do note that one idea- that of getting your MD to prescribe larger doses of your daily meds then cutting the pills in half is something my MD isn't crazy about. But Howard has several other ideas that could save you a nice chunk of change every month.

Note also that Clark Howard has a rather interesting and useful website, with synopsis of his radio & TV shows and appearances, consumer tips, and even monthly bargain topics.

The book is written in a friendly and easy to read manner.
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VINE VOICEon August 4, 2011
Other than the crooks who run Wall Street yet never seem to go to jail (Hello GS!), not many of us are doing too well these days. Tips on how to save money become more useful daily, so a book with 250 of them must be worth its weight in gold, right? (Well, maybe silver now, gold costs almost as much as gas these days.)

Yes...and no. Let me play Clark Howard for a second, and let's talk about how to save money on Clark Howard's book. It's really very simple. As good as this book is for those who are rather new to cutting the fat from their spending, you can easily pull out your cash knife and cut away the purchase price of this book by...going to CH's website. It's that simple, really. Almost everything in this book is on there...for free!

Now why didn't Clark tell us that? Well, can't save EVERY penny, now can we? (He does hype the website more than occasionally, but doesn't suggest it as a reasonable alternative to buying his book. Hard to blame him, though. Frankly, I think he'd agree with this review, if only on principle.) Just go to his site, which this one won't let me link to, but use his name and that com thing and there you go. Now head to "Greatest Hits", and shazam! Much of the best stuff in this book is there for you, laid out by title on one page. LOTS of good tips there, and you can be reading them in less than five seconds from now.

How's that for saving you money?

But if you know someone who wastes a lot of cash on stupid frivolous things, or doesn't know how to trim their expenses, then this might be a fine gift. It's a good, useful, decently written book, and while not offering much new for long-time frugal folks, it will help out the many people who haven't learned how to stop spending money and how to start saving it.

The key seems to be: THINK BEFORE YOU SPEND!
And on that note, isn't there a website you'd like to check out?
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on September 5, 2011
Nothing earthshaking or new here, but still some good Clark Howard and he's always good. For anyone not familiar with his advice, this book would be a valuable starting place.

It would also be an excellent gift for a new, or returning, college student. These days, college students must both be armed with solid financial knowledge, and prepared to look ahead to their financial futures. Both needs would be well served by Howard's advice here.

Howard's website is also a helpful resource, but somehow, having a book right in hand to look over, think over and review is well worth it.
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on September 11, 2011
This book has fantastic ideas to save money. We are already looking into Ooma for our telephone service. There's easy ways to save money for everyone. He also tells you what things to avoid. It's a very helpful book and worth the money!
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on January 23, 2012
With a list of 250 items, it's not realistic to think that all of them will be home runs. However, it only takes one or two of the 250 ways to make the cosdt, time oand effort of the book worthwhile. (Also, it's a quick read, as you can skip past the items that aren't relevant to your lifestyle.)
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on September 21, 2013
This book was perfect for reading on lunch hour, Easy to pick up and get right back into, It helped me think of ways to save money and not just buy items without thinking. It helped me begin to change my mind set. As my brother always says, people are monthly paymented to death. That's our big problem.
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on October 2, 2011
Good book for those who were not raised in the 40's, etc. Most of the common sense ideas we have already incorporated in our life. Parents should have passed on to their kids what we learned when we were growing up. Kids have too much now and when trouble strikes, they don't know what to do about it.
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on November 14, 2015
Has lots of information to help with things we need to have knowledge about. As a veteran I just switched to USAA . Saved lots of money per month on insurance. Better coverage, too. Customer service is very good.
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on October 12, 2011
Clark always has many good tips and suggestions for saving money. Chapters in the book have good ideas about how to look for a good deal when thinking about making large purchases.
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on March 7, 2014
There was a lot of helpful advice in this book to save money. Some of the ideas were a little extreme and some didn't give much detail on how to carry them out. But the good thing was that websites are listed to help you navigate your way on your own.
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