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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Book Review - Cheaper, Better, Faster by Mary Hunt

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.

Who doesn't want to know how to do things a little bit easier, a little bit cheaper, and a whole lot faster?  Mary Hunt gathers together over 2,000 tips in this volume of ideas and suggestions that are sure to appeal to nearly anyone.

The categories are broken down into sixteen different sections, including automobiles, cleaning, health and beauty, kids and babies, laundry, pets, etc., and the tips are alphabetized for easier access.

I think that my favorite section of the book had to be the one on food and cooking.  Here are a few tidbits that I found helpful and interesting:

  • To cream butter and sugar together easier, swish around boiling water in the bowl first, dump water and then add butter and sugar.
  • Spray your cheese grater with cooking spray to speed up grating and preventing cheese buildup. Makes cleaning the grater easier too!
  • To keep your celery crisp, stand it up in a pitcher or jar of cold saltwater and refrigerate.
  • Before putting a bag of microwave popcorn in, knead it until all the lumps are broken. All the kernels should pop afterwards. 
"Cheaper, Better, Faster" would make an outstanding gift for newlyweds, young adults going off on their own for the first time, or anyone who is interested in learning how to do things in a different way.  I plan to keep my edition handy!

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members.

Her books have sold more than a million copies and her daily newspaper column, Everyday Cheapskate, is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in California.

Check out her websites at www.debtproffliving.com and www.everydaycheapskate.com

My thanks to Baker/Revell Books for the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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