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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day...Review

About the book:
What if there was one book that could help you do nearly everything in life cheaper, better, or faster?

Make gourmet coffee without the gourmet price. Remove hairspray baked onto a curling iron. Clean just about any stain off of just about any surface. Keep your cat out of your houseplants. Get the best deal on your next car. And thousands of other helpful tips and tricks.

Cheaper, Better, Faster is all the best advice you've ever heard (and plenty you've never heard) collected into one handy volume.

Every tip is short, to the point, and helps you make the most of your money and your time, making everyday life less hectic and more enjoyable. Collected over the years by financial expert and Debt-Proof Living founder Mary Hunt, these little nuggets of advice are sure to make your life easier, one tip at a time.

I've always liked Mary Hunt and I'm always looking for ways to do things cheaper, better and faster, so I was curious about her new book.  It's an updated version of Tiptionary that was first published in 1997.  The book is literally just tips, nothing else. Generalized chapter headings house page after page of tips, tricks and hints.

For the most part I liked the book and I'd liken it to a print version of Pinterest.  Unfortunately for me, the chapters are fairly generalized and while there is a Table of Contents, there is no Index.  So, you can't go to the Index if you're looking for a possible answer to a specific problem.  Like Pinterest, this is a book where you read it and little light bulbs go off and you think, "I can do that" or "That would work" and then you mark that page with a post-it note and hope you can remember it.  Much like Pinterest boards.

Easily recommended for fans of Mary Hunt and those who are always looking for ways to be more efficient.

Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Mary Hunt here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars


  1. Sounds good - too bad they didn't think to include an index.

  2. I'm glad you liked this one. An index does sound like it would have been more helpful.

  3. This sounds like a book that I would love to get my hands on. I love specific advice that helps me save money, or helps me utilize the things that I already have in the best and most efficient way. Great review on this one today! I will be looking for it!

  4. Ah, yes, an index sounds like a necessity. I tend to put tons of post-its in books like that and then I never return to them.

  5. Sounds like a great book to have around, but not having an index would be a pain.