Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands

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Good Morning America Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamyshows you how to SAVE BIG

In this battered economy, saving money matters more to consumersthan ever before. But we're tired of hearing about all the smallstuff, like skipping our morning latte and installing low-flowshowerheads. To truly save, you need BIG, bold ideas, andthis book has them. Elisabeth Leamy's philosophy is that it'sbetter to save a lot of money on a few things rather ...

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Overview

Good Morning America Consumer Correspondent Elisabeth Leamyshows you how to SAVE BIG

In this battered economy, saving money matters more to consumersthan ever before. But we're tired of hearing about all the smallstuff, like skipping our morning latte and installing low-flowshowerheads. To truly save, you need BIG, bold ideas, andthis book has them. Elisabeth Leamy's philosophy is that it'sbetter to save a lot of money on a few things rather thana—little money on a bunch of things.

Why give up life's little pleasures when you can save more moneyby attacking a few big, boring expenses instead? In astraightforward style—with a dash of attitude—Leamyshows you how to SAVE BIG on the five priciest parts of yourlife:

  • Houses—whether you own or rent, it'syour biggestexpense, but also your single biggest source of savings
  • Cars—how to buy a better one for a lower price,and get it fixed for free
  • Credit—ways to save thousands by using less creditand getting credit for less
  • Groceries—how to practice guerrillagroceryshopping and reduce your bills by as much as 80 percent
  • Healthcare—the contrarian secrets toinsurance,doctors, pharmacies, andhospitals that will drastically cut yourcosts

Unlike most personal finance guides that stress the small stuff,every tip in this book has the potential to save you at least athousand dollars. Leamy's message is that saving money doesn't haveto be a drag. Filled with fresh advice and insider secrets, thisbook will have you saving more in less time—by identifyingwhere you spend the most money so that you can save the mostmoney.

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Editorial Reviews

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Elisabeth Leamy's Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands is invaluable because it focuses on big expenses, including mortgages, cars and insurance, and makes each step understandable."
—Gail MarksJarvis, Chicago Tribune, December 2009

"Advice is practical, clearly explained and, best of all, does not require daily maintenance or routine deprivation. … Even if readers choose only one or two tips from the hundreds offered, Save BIG should live up to its tantalizing title – and you can read it over your latte."
—Joanna Brichetto, BookPage, January 2010

 “Save BIG is a tremendous source of savings for you, the consumer. I learned many things from reading this book on how to save BIG rather than save small. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to save thousands or possibly millions in a lifetime by just some simple adjustments to what you do.”
— Sheri Newton, Associated Content, www.associatedcontent.com January 2010

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470918173
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth Leamy is the Consumer Correspondentfor ABC's Good Morning America. She also reports forother ABC News programs and writes a weekly columnfor ABCNews.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part I.

Houses: Home of Savings.

Chapter 1. Buy a House ASAP.

Chapter 2. How Much Should You Spend?

Chapter 3. Doing the Deal.

Chapter 4. Getting a Good Mortgage.

Chapter 5. Choosing a Mortgage Professional.

Chapter 6. Cut Your Closing Costs.

Chapter 7. Appeal Your Property Taxes.

Chapter 8. When to Refinance.

Chapter 9. Pay Off Your Mortgage.

Chapter 10. Sell Your House Yourself.

Part II.

Cars. The Cheaper Road.

Chapter 11. What to Buy.

Chapter 12. What Can you Afford?

Chapter 13. Where to Buy a Car.

Chapter 14. Choosing a Reliable Car.

Chapter 15. Bargaining for the Best Price.

Chapter 16. Make Your Car Last.

Chapter 17. Car Insurance for Less.

Part III.

Credit: Loans for Less.

Chapter 18. Protecting Your Credit Reports.

Chapter 19. Understanding Your Credit Score.

Chapter 20. Raising Your Credit Score.

Chapter 21. Cut Credit Card Debt.

Part IV.

Groceries: Guerilla Grocery Shopping.

Chapter 22. Price Matching.

Chapter 23. Stockpiling.

Chapter 24. Creative Couponing.

Chapter 25. Wild Cards.

Part V.

Healthcare: Curing High Costs.

Chapter 26. Choosing a Health Insurance Plan.

Chapter 27. Negotiating with Your Doctor.

Chapter 28. Picking Your Prescriptions.

Chapter 29. Haggling with Hospitals.

Conclusion.

Index. 

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