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About the Author

Mary Hunt is the founder, editor, and publisher of the popular national subscription newsletter Cheapskate Monthly. She has written 13 books and is an expert on “Debt-Proof Living.” She lives in Paramount, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Debt-Proof Living
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762423358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762423354
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Hunt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 23 books, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded and popular consumer organization consisting of an interactive website, monthly newsletter and personal finance tools. Hunt's books have sold more than one million copies, and her syndicated daily newspaper column is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers nationwide. She speaks widely on consumer finance topics and has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mary Hunt's business is publishing a newsletter for people who believe they can always spend their money tomorrow, so why not save it today. It is an education for people to find ways of living to get control of their spending and still live well. For those who already have control of their financial lives, it offers new ideas and provides offerings from those who find such practical and responsible people an attractive market.

This book is a collection of 500 tips her readers have sent to her covering all aspects of home life. Starting with your car, they move through every room of your house and end up with tips on saving money maintaining your yard and garden. Will you find every tip a winner or useful? Probably not. However, if you end up using just ten or twenty of these tips, you will be ahead of the game.

And simply reading them is fun. I don't think I will bother to make my own baby wipes, but she explains how to make by cutting a roll of paper towels in two, adding some solution, letting them soak, and then removing the internal cardboard tube. Or using Tabasco sauce to remove ticks or other insects. She also points out that gluing the wrap on your Christmas gifts is not only cheaper, it looks better. There are hundreds of these things.

So, if you like finding new ways to be thrifty and hold onto some more of the money you work so hard for, this is a fun and helpful book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Lori Cole on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a new subscriber to the newspaper, I often found myself clipping out Mary's "Everyday Cheapskate" column. Not long ago the column mentioned the release of her new book of greatest tips so I quickly went online and requested if from my local library. I was number 5 of 8 holds. In the meantime I poured through all the books the library had on household, organizational and money saving tips. All in all, I went through approximately 40-45 "tip" books from the 1970's to the present day. While I acquired a lot of great tips, I felt as if I was basically re-reading the same book over and over. It seemed like the authors had read the same books I had, copied tip for tip and then tossed a few of their own in. That is why when I finally worked my way down the hold list and got my hands on Mary's greatest tips I can honestly say I found the diamond in the rough. I took a full 15 pages of notes. Yes, some of the tips were repeated in other books and sources, but for the vast majority, Mary's book is full of unique and new tips...tips that will save you money and time and will also make your life, and quite possibly your cooking, better. I ordered myself and 11 friends and family members our own personal copies of this book. Fourteen days on loan from the library isn't long enough...I now consider it my PTR (personal tip reference book) that I'm sure will benefit my family and I 365 days a year. Everyday Cheapskate's Greatest Tips is definately worth 12 bucks. They say you get what you pay for...well, if you buy this book you'll get what you paid for...and a whole lot more.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By GA Peach on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
There really aren't any earth shattering ideas. Most are common sense or you can find them elsewhere. Also, tips seem to be repeated and right next to each other. There will be two ways to clean glass and they're only slightly different. It'd be nice to have it consolidated and an index
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book has lots of tips, however, it is a disappointment. I have been practicing many of these tips for a long time, so there's not much that is new. Some tips are repeated, some are common sense and others are not practical. I bought this book used and feel I still spent too much, definitely not worth $12.95.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly A Hodge on June 18, 2013
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To be honest, I don't read too often, however, I had previously read this book at the library. I liked it so much that I bought two copies. I gave one away as a gift and I kept one. It is not your "typical" helpful hints book. It has a lot of excellent ideas that I have never heard of and believe me, I have read many of these types of books and emails. This has ideas for men, women, children, etc... It was shipped fairly quick and I highly recommend it to everyone to have around the house.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frugal mom on November 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
I was hoping for so much more. There are a few good tips in here, but not enough. I was disappointed.
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By 1075sticks VINE VOICE on September 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
I wasn't too impressed with the tips in this book as many of them are old and sometimes I feel is just too much trouble to do. But I like the way the book is organized and there were web resources worth checking out. I think this would be good for someone just starting out on their own as it gives advice on spending and debt. It would be a nice book to have around the house but I don't think that I'm apt to write down the ingredients for an all-natural cleaner so I can remember to pick it up at the grocery store. There were also recommendations on certain cleaners like laundry additives but other than Borax, I couldn't find them in regular grocery stores. It's a plus though that there were many earth-friendly tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Green on September 19, 2008
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Book has excellent tips on saving strategies for everyday living. Smart book for a tough economy.
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