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Clark Howard's Living Large in Lean Times: 250+ Ways to Buy Smarter, Spend Smarter, and Save Money Paperback – August 2, 2011
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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.
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?
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of good advise. A reference guide to help you save money in many amazing ways.Published 2 months ago by Joan Haesloop
Awesome book. I read it in one night. I'm not normally a reader, but this has wonderful advise!Published 2 months ago by Jenn
Great way start your family on a budget and setting expectations on living within your means.Published 3 months ago by S.J.
Clark is one of the best. I enjoy listening to his radio show and I enjoy his books as well. Keep up the good work!Published 6 months ago by KSDCOMP
Love Clark Howard and he gives great financial advise. Lots of useful information in this book.Published 8 months ago by Craig B.
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. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ann