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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2008
After reading personal finance books for over 15 years, you would think I have learned about all there is to know. Greg Karp's book pleasantly surprised me and offered some fresh ideas on spending wisely. His book is in an easy to read format which goes beyond typical bargain hints. These ideas will save you immediately when put to use. I know- I did and saved!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2008
I've read numerous books that offer financial advice and money-saving tips, however this is one of the best I've read in a long time. Although some things mentioned are obvious, there are still a lot of great tips and techniques everyone can, and should use, the book is definitely worth the price. Additionally, this is a great book to help teach teens and young newlyweds money-saving techniques. I sure wish I had this book thirty years ago.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
With 10% of the population unemployed, everyone is worried about spending. The government urges us to spend to get the economy going again. Many are 1-2 paychecks away from being broke.
My wife and I are both the oldest of 6 kids. We both grew up in homes that didn't have a lot of money, but lacked very little. We are trying to pass these values along to our nearly grown sons. This book can help. Gregory Karp has written a very informative book teaching us how to live well by spending less. He shares numerous ways to save money, from small amounts(which add up), to a few ideas that can save hundreds, if not thousands. His explanation of psychological income, which is the thought process most of us use to justify foolish buying decisions, is on target. His idea of not insuring against small losses(collision insurance on an old vehicle) and not insuring rapidly depreciating assets( buyer protection warranties) can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year.
This book's content is very good. I give it 4 stars, not 5, because it lacks an extended list of resources as an appendix.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
Living Rich by Spending Smart is one of the better advice books on how to live within your means. There's not much truly new -- Karp writes about how to save money shopping, how to judge whether you really need that new purchase, how much insurance you should get, etc., and most of it is solid, practical guidance that will indeed help you ``live rich.'' If you have read similar consumer-advice books, much of this book will seem familiar. But Karp has a decent writing style, and it's always good to hear good advice repeated. If you had to recommend a ''how to live within your means'' book to a young adult just starting out, this one would certainly do the job. For more in-depth book reviews I've done, search for goldenrulecomics on the Squidoo website.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2008
After reading "The Millionaire Next Door" (one of my all-time favorites!), "Living Rich by Spending Smart" was an outstanding read. I really enjoyed the financial wisdom shared within this book. It really is amazing to think how simple it is to save significant money and yet how careless we can be throughout our days and months. This book contains some excellent tips on how to be smarter with your daily expenses, while still continuing to live an enjoyable lifestyle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2010
This book is one of the best financial advice reads I've ever come across. The advice is straight forward and extremely practical. Many other books tend to give "tips" and convince you that there are tons of "resources out there" if you just seek them out. Karp, on the other hand, actually gives step-by-step directions, several websites, and even scripts to help achieve you goals. He also dispels several myths about spending, investing, credit, etc and discusses the possible ROOTS of on-going debt problems rather than fast fixes. I really appreciate this book and have already made phone calls to lower cell phone rates, insurance, etc. I've also shared the info with family and friends. I just wish I knew about this book sooner. BUY IT!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Karp's book opened my eyes to some new ways of saving money, ways I hadn't even thought of before. I appreciate details and I found this book focusing on the details of how to save in small ways that can add up big over time. I recommend this book to those looking to squeeze more out of every dollar of their income.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 13, 2013
This wasn't bad, but I felt like a lot of it was common sense. I didn't feel like I walked away with any new strategies, ideas or resources that were going to positively impact my life or relationship to money. Highly recommend Dave Ramsey if you want books about money that make an impact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2010
I enjoyed reading this book, it was clear and well-written, with good advice but did not become preachy. The tone was very light and everything was laid out in what could be called layman's terms. No financial jargon or complicated explanations - all clear, simple, and understandable. That said, all the information in this book could be categorized as 'common-sense', but we all know that common sense isn't common! I was very pleased to realize that I was already doing many, many of the things that applied to my own personal circumstances, but it was interesting to read WHY those were good ideas. I would definitely recommend this book for someone who wants to re-think their spending habits without going overboard on changing their lifestyle or becoming a financial wiz.

Note on Kindle formatting: I found no issues with the Kindle edition of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2011
A very readable book with easily understood principles.

Instead of a lengthy, complicated discourse on finance, the author
makes suggestions and then extrapolates them out. For instance, if a
certain action is taken to conserve a small amount of money today, the
idea is taken further to show just how much that small amount equals a
much larger one in the future.

By putting things in terms that an inexperienced saver can understand,
the author takes an intimidating and overwhelming topic and turns it
into practical, doable advice.

It was nice to be encouraged instead of scolded. One cannot undo the past
but the power for change is in the here and now.
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