1,001 Things They Won't Tell You: An Insider's Guide to Spending, Saving, and Living Wisely

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Buyer beware. Based on the addictive “Ten Things They Won’t Tell You” column in SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, this book is packed with insider secrets and expert knowledge that show you how to take control and manage your money, your health, your material well-being. In all, it covers the top ten things they won’t tell you, covering 100 businesses and professions that readers interact with daily, sometimes profoundly. In addition to outlining exactly what you don’t know, but need to, it arms ...
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Overview


Buyer beware. Based on the addictive “Ten Things They Won’t Tell You” column in SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, this book is packed with insider secrets and expert knowledge that show you how to take control and manage your money, your health, your material well-being. In all, it covers the top ten things they won’t tell you, covering 100 businesses and professions that readers interact with daily, sometimes profoundly. In addition to outlining exactly what you don’t know, but need to, it arms readers with insights, tips, and techniques to make each of us a savvier, smarter consumer.

Bet You Didn’t Know:
Your Veterinarian: “Vaccinating your pet could do more harm than good.”

Your Preschool: “We serve more junk food than McDonald’s.”

Your Credit Card Company: “Debit cards should come with a warning: Use at your own risk.”

Your Gourmet Grocer: “This bottled water is actually tap water.”

Your Fitness Club: “Our trainers don’t know what they’re doing.”

Your Car-Leasing Company: “You call it an odometer, we call it a cash register.”

Your Cruise Line: “Our engines break down all the time.”

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What People Are Saying

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"A smart and fun guide…and essential reading for the consumer."—Gerri Willis, host, CNN’s Your Bottom Line

"The road map for how the companies and services we rely on can and do take advantage of us. This book teaches you how to navigate those pitfalls and become a smarter consumer."—Becky Quick, coanchor, CNBC’s Squawk Box

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761151371
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/13/2009
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 643,895
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Dahl is the editor-in-chief of SmartMoney, The Wall Street Journal magazine; previously he was the editor of The Wall Street Journal's "Weekend Journal." He lives in Brooklyn, New York. SmartMoney, with a monthly readership of more than 3 million, is a joint publication of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and Hearst Corp.
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Table of Contents


Introduction:
One Thing Personal Finance Magazines Won’t Tell You

I. Your Family
1. Wedding Planner
2. Adoption Agency
3. Child Care Provider
4. Summer Camp
5. Veterinarian
6. Nursing Home
7. Funeral Director

II. Your Children’s Education
1. Preschool
2. School District
3. Tutoring Service
4. Private School
5. College-Prep Industry
6. College Financial Aid Office
7. Campus Security
8. College Student

III. Your Home
1. Architect
2. Home Builder
3. Real Estate Broker
4. Home Inspector
5. Home Insurer
6. Moving Company
7. Interior Designer
8. Landscaper
9. Cleaning Service
10. Exterminator
11. Plumber
12. Contractor
13. Home-Security Firm

IV. Your Money
1. Tax Preparer
2. 401(K) Provider
3. Bank
4. Credit Card Company
5. Money Managers
6. Financial Planner
7. Estate Planner
8. Charity
V. Goods & Services
1. Cell Phone Service
2. Cable Company
3. Utility Company
4. Dry Cleaner
5. Warehouse Club
6. Lawyer
7. Ticket Broker
8. Florist
9. Pet Industry
10. Mail Delivery Service
11. Jeweler
12. Retailer
13. Antiques Dealer
14. Headhunter

VI. Food & Drink
1. Bartender
2. Restaurant
3. Butcher
4. Farmer’s Market
5. Caterer
6. Health-Food Store
7. Supermarket
8. Wine Merchant
9. Gourmet Grocer

VII. Your Mind & Body
1. Fitness Club
2. Personal Trainer
3. Yoga Instructor
4. Weight-Loss Industry
5. Therapist
6. Spa
7. Alternative Healer
8. Plastic Surgeon

VIII. Medical & Dental
1. Primary-Care Physician
2. Hospital
3. Hospital CEOs
4. Dentist
5. Eye Doctor
6. Orthodontist
7. Pharmacist
8. Drug Companies
IX. Your Car
1. DMV
2. Gas Station
3. Rental Car Company
4. Auto Insurer
5. Car Dealer
6. Car-Leasing Company
7. Mechanic
X. Your Free Time
1. iPod
2. Airline
3. Cruise Line
4. Ski Resort
5. Bed-and-Breakfast
6. All-Inclusive Resort
7. Country Club
8. Casino
9. Theme Parks
10. Athletic Coach
11. Major League Baseball

XI. Your World
1. Local News
2. Congressperson
3. Bloggers
4. Movie Critics
5. Celebrity Chefs
6. Reality TV
7. Millionaires

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