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Living Rich by Spending Smart: How to Get More of What You Really Want Paperback – January 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0132350099 ISBN-10: 0132350092

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Financial Times Press (January 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0132350092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0132350099
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gregory Karp delivers the goods - by telling you exactly how to get those goods for less - in this supremely practical guide to smart spending.  From reducing your cable bill to the cost of your casket, this book is a gold mine of money saving advice." 

-- Jeff Yeager, Author, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches

About the Author

Gregory Karp is an award-winning, nationally published newspaper journalist. Greg’s column, “Spending Smart,” is consistently among the popular personal finance columns in Tribune Co. newspapers each Sunday. In 2006 the column was named Best Column by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Greg’s writing regularly appears in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, and Allentown (PA) Morning Call. It also appears on the Web sites of such television stations as WPIX in New York, WGN in Chicago, and KTLA in Los Angeles. Greg often writes family money stories for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. He’s a frequent guest on the morning show, Good Day Philadelphia, and appears weekly on RCN-TV in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He maintains a blog at themorningcall.com. Greg lives near Yardley, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.


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The book is well organized and easy to read and understand.
Dean Lafferty
In this day and time we all need to know how to spend our money in good ways.
Cookie
Great book, I would recommend this to anyone trying to get out of debt.
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115 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Bill McLean VINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
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I'm age 70. Living Rich and Spending Smart has opened my eyes as to how much money I have thrown away. I hate this book. It makes me ashamed of myself. On the other hand, this knowledge will make living entirely on Social Security a lot easier.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on February 11, 2008
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Most of the books I've read about spending wisely are full of the same nonsense about how you'll become a millionaire in 30 years if you stop buying that $3 Starbucks latte each day and instead stuff that money into a mutual fund. Karp, on the other hand, argues you don't need to deprive yourself of the things you enjoy to achieve true wealth. Instead, he shows you ways to save thousands of dollars on the things YOU ARE ALREADY BUYING. This is not hypothetical poppycock. Karp gives you hundreds of specific tips you can take advantage of today. For me, the book paid for itself within five minutes after I opened it. I followed Karp's advice on how to find the best term life insurance premiums, and I'm going to save $300 this year ... for the same amount of coverage.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By E. Sarracino on March 4, 2008
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Living Rich by Spending Smart by Gregory Karp seems like a book that lists practical advice for people who like to spend their money. He says that you do not have to deprive yourself of the things you want, but spend wisely in other areas of your life in order to afford the luxuries. I found many of the ideas that he had to be common sense, for instance, making your own meal will save you more money than going out to eat. Some ideas were new to me, such as saying that life insurance is only for those who support others financially. This book is for people that do not know how to cut back, or who could still use the advice on how to cut back even more. While he doesn't like to use the word "budget" often, that is basically what this book is about. Learning what you need to spend your money on, what you want to spend your money on and how to look for the best prices in order to obtain these wants and needs. After reading Karp's book, I have revised a few of my habits and have already saved a little money. If you would like to save money a little at a time and wouldn't know how to do so, this book will help you figure how to do so.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By JJ on September 15, 2008
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I read the book's description and some other reader reviews about how it was promised to be able to get the purchase price of the book back by using some of the book's information. Well, I guess I'd say I'm left questioning if I actually would recoup my purchase price by changing some spending habits. My career revolves around purchasing (which I've taken many of the tricks and applied to my personal expenditures).

I thought most of the suggestions in the book are grounded in common sense, but I didn't find the majority of them either ground breaking or new (to me). This book is good for those that really haven't thought about how they spend money, but not worth the money/effort if you actively manage your expenses.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Burns TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2008
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I believe that we play both offense and defense in our personal finances. Offense is the amount of money we earn through income, investments, businesses, and odd jobs. Defense is how much we save through being debt free, coupon clipping, getting great deals on cars or houses and saving. This book does an excellent job showing how to play good financial defense through really looking at our spending habits in all areas of our lives and then showing how to think differently and spend more intelligently. Whether it is food, insurance, telecommunications, cars, houses, weddings, funerals, this book covers it all and the suggestions should save you thousands easily in all areas. Whether it is stock piling sale items at the grocery store or using term life instead of whole life insurance this book has it all.
"The point of reading this book, assuming you accepted the spending smart philosophy, is to spend less money on things you don't care about so you can spend more on things you do care about".

"Positive life experiences contribute to happiness more than things do".

More reading suggestions for financial defense:
Dave Ramsey's "Total money makeover"
Joe Dominguez "Your money or your life"
Amy Dacyczyn "The Tightwad Gazette"
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Naton Aiman-Smith on August 19, 2012
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Almost everything in here seemed pretty obvious to me, but maybe that's just me. Things like "do you really need to buy a cup of coffee on your coffee break? Consider making coffee at home and taking it to work." and "pay off your credit cards before investing money, because the interest you pay on the cards is almost certainly more than the investment will yield." However, there's nothing dishonest or disingenuous in the book (i.e. no suggestions to do anything borderline illegal or that wouldn't really work), so I wouldn't discourage anybody from buying the book if they don't inherently think this way.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Evelina on June 28, 2008
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This book is one of the best thing out there right now if you are not sure how to improve on your spending. And yes, because you will save money, you will be making better choices. The book is an easy-read, but intelligently written. It is a quick-read book, but very informative. It will not waste your time. I really liked the book. I found the book very valuable to me in every practical way. The author is extremely well-written and you will understand what he is talking about even if you may never have done the things he talks about. You will not alienated. You should take his advice to heart and start implementing his suggestions right away. Also, you don't have read everything. You can skip around and read what interests you. This book will definitely make you smarter. It is amazing. Very well-written. Everyone should have a copy.
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