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Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less Paperback – January 14, 2013
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- How Brad stayed 2 weeks in one of the nicest hotels in Europe for free
- The tips and tricks that moved his credit score from 400 to almost 800
- The secret discounts that can make new car buying smart
- Why you should never buy an Apple product from the Apple Store
- How to get a free (0%) 6-figure line of credit to build your business
- And much more!
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The tips are divided into three areas: travel, shopping and personal finance. One of my takeaways from reading this book is you don't have to resort to typical default behavior regarding travel, shopping and finance expenditures. My brother is in sales and travels a lot, and I have seen how he manages to constantly upgrade ending up in first class and suites, while I'm usually sitting in the middle seat near the bathrooms on planes and have the room by the elevators with a view of the parking lot at hotels. My brother has taught me some ways to avoid these.
I think Brad can teach my brother a few things. For example, loved the idea of buying 2 night stays at the Hyatt at their less expensive Hyatt Places with one free night that can be used at their more expensive resorts. And buy Hyatt gift cards--$100 value for $79--at Costco. (Costco didn't have gift cards for Hyatt recently when we called them. However, my brother says many hotels--for example Weston, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt--offer low-price guarantees in which if you find lower prices posted online on other travel sites, they will match the price and give you an additional 20-25% discount off that lower price.) I see how my brother is constantly looking for inexpensive travel deals online which he can then upgrade.Read more ›
I've tracked bradsdeals.com online for many years and this book was a disappointment to me. I've occasionally wondered about the preponderance of credit card offers and I now understand that.
However, the book overall doesn't seem to apply to the everyday consumer, who doesn't travel much, and who just wants to save money.
Sorry, Brad. I feel ripped off.
I did not expect to come away from reading this book feeling inspired and empowered, but I did! The author talks you through the ways in which consumers are expected to shop for and buy things, and how these normal routes often cost us money or time, or both. It's true that in the examples about the opportunities he has taken advantage of, the deals and promotions that made that *specific* example work are often not in operation anymore, but what you're supposed to take away is that if you can be just a tiny bit creative and follow his lead, when an opportunity comes along you can be prepared to make it work for you. And as the author points out, these opportunities are always coming along, constantly.
Also, don't think that to get to do awesome things so cheaply has to take a ton of time, like the folks who spend entire days clipping boxes of coupons. In fact I think I only saw the word coupon twice. The focus here is NOT on obtaining possessions, or even experiences like vacations, for as cheap as humanly possible, by whatever means necessary. Rather, this is a book about harnessing the opportunities that are already out there to make the everyday things you do work for you, instead of against. And more importantly, enjoying the benefits, which means saving time as well as cash.
I won't give away specifics, but his point really hits home: if there is an easier, cheaper way to get the things you want, why on earth wouldn't you go that way? Probably two answers, at least for me, were habit, and fear of being taken advantage of.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is FULL of money-saving tactics. So well written and easy to understand. Author is same as online Bradsdeals.com. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Birdie
Excellent book by the creator of the super deals website www.bradsdeals.comPublished 4 months ago by D. Robinson
I didn't like this guy's attitude. He blames one thing on "female irrationality". To hell with you, Brad.Published 5 months ago by bg847
This was a disappointment. It's pretty much stories about how Brad Wilson got a bunch of points from different programs that don't exist anymore and they don't exist anymore... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Snaredrm
Gave it to my son and so far I don't see any results. Perhaps he never read it.Published 8 months ago by IRENE