Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less

Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less

by Brad Wilson


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Achieve stellar savings with the techniques used on

Do More, Spend Less provides tips, advice, real-world examples, and strategies consumers need to know to compete in the consumer world. Author Brad Wilson, founder of, explains the techniques and buying strategies that are used on his site, which have saved 19 million consumers more than $200 million on in the past year alone. The majority of deals on his site provide free, or nearly free, products and services. This book provides tips, advice, real-world examples, and strategies consumers need to know to compete in the consumer world.

  • Shares why you should never buy an Apple product from the Apple store
  • Details how to spend three weeks in a suite at the Park Hyatt Paris for $20
  • Shares the unknown way to clean up your credit report and add at least 20 points to your score

The entire basis for thinking about how best to shop, spend, travel, bank—essentially all aspects of being a consumer—has fundamentally changed. The power is now in your hands, and Do More, Spend Less shows you how to master your savings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118518557
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/14/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 564,648
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Brad Wilson is the founder of, the largest editorial-driven deals website in the country with more than 67 million annual visits and more than 2 million daily e-mail subscribers. He is also the founder of,, and (as well as other years). Brad is regularly featured on such media outlets as the Today show, the New York Times, Time magazine, Oprah and Friends, and the Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

Section 1 Travel 1

Introduction 1

Real-Life Examples 3

Unsophisticated Honeymoon Turns Me into a Professional Traveler 3

How I Got a $40,000 Trip to Australia and New Zealand Almost for Free! 4

Turning Coins into a Million Miles (Or How I Made the Government $2 Million) 12

Hacking Together a First-Class Trip to Costa Rica (Or Why Buying Miles Can Be Smart) 18

A Quickie: How to Save $500 and Fly across the Country for Free at the Last Minute 19

How I Spent Weeks at One of the Nicest Hotels in the World for $20 (Or How to Turn Award Points into $54,000) 21

How to Rent 6,000 Square Feet of Steve Wynn’s Hotel for Barely $100 a Person per Night (Or How to Live Like a King without Betting Your Castle at the Tables) 32

TSA Precheck (Or How to Make It through Security without Taking Your Shoes Off) 35

My Very Inexpensive 1,500-Square-Foot Oceanfront Suite in Hawaii (Or How I Stayed in an Oceanfront Hotel Room Bigger Than My Condo) 38

How I Get Executive Platinum and 100,000 Miles for $1,500 (Or How a Bankruptcy, My Hometown, and Richard Branson Got Me Top-Tier Status on an Airline) 45

Little-Known Secrets to Getting Elite Status (Or How to “Challenge” the Airlines and Win!) 48

Lounges (Or What Are Cuban Cigars and Chauffeured Porsches Doing at the Airport?) 52

How I Built Up More Than 5 Million Frequent Flyer Miles 64

Time-Saving Tools for Advanced Flyers (Or How to Do No Work But Still Get Award Seats) 66

Airline Alliances 5 Opportunity (Or How a Travel Hacker Goes Global) 67

Flying First Class to Hawaii for $285! (Or How the European Banking Crisis Just Bought You a Vacation!) 70

How Do I Do This Myself—77

Section 2 Shopping 99

Introduction 99

Real-Life Examples 102

How My iPhone and Service Plan Cost Half What Everyone Else’s Does (or How to Get Smarter About the Biggest Purchase Most of us Make) 102

All the Free DVDs a Kid Could Ask For (Or How to Get Banned from eBay) 106

Selling and Profiting from DVDs I Didn’t Own (Or How Amazon’s Canada Store and International DVD Arbitrage Helped Me Pay for College) 107

When Too Good to Be True Is Just Good (Or How I Got a Free $70 Coffeemaker) 109

How I Stumbled into $1,000 When My TV Broke (Or What You NEED To Have In Your Wallet) 111

Why Buy $10,000 Worth of Bose Products (Or How Red Envelope’s Bankruptcy Got Me My Headphones) 113

Can You Buy Everything Online? Almost. I Do! 114

But How Good Are the Deals? 115

Why You Should Never Buy a Mac at the Apple Store (Or Reason 1,343,206 That Everything You Know about Being a Consumer Is Wrong) 119

Why It Is Smart to Buy a Diamond Sight Unseen over the Internet (Or How Tiffany Stole Your Kid’s College Fund) 121

Coupons with No Threshold (Or Why I Own a Closet Full of Brooks Brothers’ Clothes I Wouldn’t Have Bought Otherwise) 126

Who Would Order an Out-of-Stock Item? 126

Broken iPad and iPhone? No Problem 127

To Extreme Coupon or Not to Extreme Coupon (Or How to Save Money but Lose Time) 128

Who Buys Water over the Internet? (or How to Get Someone Else to Carry Your Water for You!) 129

How Do I Do This Myself? 129

Section 3 Personal Finance 135

Introduction 135

Real-Life Examples 136

How to Easily Buy Cars below the Factory Invoice Price (Or Why Invoice Price Is Meaningless When Shopping for a New Car) 136

How to Play and Win the Car Leasing Game (Or How to Lease a $60,000 Mercedes for the Same Price as a $30,000 Toyota) 148

Why You Should Never Get a Mortgage or Home Equity Line from Your Bank (Or How I Got a Sub-Prime Mortgage but Avoided Foreclosure 154

The Awesomeness of Credit Unions (Or How a 25-Year-Old Can Have Twice as Much Money in Retirement) 158

My Favorite 10 Credit Unions and the Secret Backdoors into 8 of Them (Or How to Climb in the Great Trojan Horse of the Banking System) 164

The Four Types of Credit Cards (Or the Four Good Types of Credit Cards Plus a Fifth You Can Ignore) 168

Balance Transfer Arbitrage (Or the Easiest $10,000 I Ever Made) 170

How to Create Your Own Business Line of Credit at 0 percent 175

How to Save $312 in 13 Minutes Every Six Months 177

The Quickest Way to Make $1,000 (Or Sign-up Bonus Success Stories) 178

How to Manage an Extra 100 Points on Your Credit Score (Or Why Downgrading, Bumping, and Reallocating Can Get You a 7401 Score) 181

Why More Credit Always Trumps More Credit Inquiries (Or Why Credit Inquiries Don’t Actually Hurt Your Credit Score) 186

The Best Place to Buy a Used Car (Or Why Your State Doesn’t Want You Buying and Selling Cars) 189

How I Got My Credit Score from 400 to Almost 800 (And How You Can, Too) 190

How Do I Do This Myself? 193

Conclusion 195

Index 197

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Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for ways to save money on big ticket items this is the book for you. It has tips on earning airline miles, free hotel stays and much more. Also if you are planing to but a new car or get loan I suggest that you get this book it will be very helpful.The only downside is i was expecting more daily savings tips they do have some but not many but if you want to save money this is a good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and very interesting. Brad Wilson has quite a few tips for enjoying life while spending the least amount of money possible. I will be trying a few of these tips.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Even though some of the info is outdated like the dollar coins, I have found the info that's current is very useful. Thanks so much.
Webudd More than 1 year ago
Loved this Book! the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars was because it broke my husbands heart when he realizedhe would not be able to order the gold coins from the mint ;-) The book has lots of Great Ideas, reads easy, and has forever changed our live for the better! We are getting ready to retire in a few years and doing all we can to prepare. DMSL has really, really, helped. Thanks Brad
tripnic More than 1 year ago
While providing a lot of things you can no longer do and spending way too much time on travel, this book will warrant a "BradsDeals" when it's $2.50 shipped. Outdated material and very few usable idea's here....
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sky11 More than 1 year ago
I wish I did't waste money on this book. Not what I expected at all. Everything in the book is pretty much what you already know. No big secret as to how to save money on anything. Talks a lot about his free travel with points from a credit card. Points that he earned by using his card- we can all do that, and we all already know that. Save your money, this book isn't worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read but sometimes a bit boring. Great ideas but it seems like a full time job to get the deals.
Jed55 More than 1 year ago
I was rather disappointed with Do More Spend Less.  Outdated ideas including buying bullion coins that the Mint doesn't even offer at this point.  I believe the book doesn't meet the needs of the average income reader.  The book was a disappointment to me after the huge buildup.
donsDS More than 1 year ago
I love the book. Now I can be know as frugal rather than cheap. I would like to give a copy to my kids and friends. Any chance of getting a discount on multiple purchases?
LiRu More than 1 year ago
I forwarded the free chapter to several friends after I ordered the book online. I read thru it quickly the day I received the book. The great part of this book is that Brad is creative, not living within the box, he mapped out the strategies and experimented. His unique approaches and the information shared in the book will save readers a lot of time and money from trying errors. I will recommend it to people I really care about. LiRu
TXCollegeLady More than 1 year ago
Love the book! I am using it also in our College and Career Center to help students prepare for "real life" after high school! LOVE it!
dsussman More than 1 year ago
I just flew through this fascinating, eye-opening book. It is much different and better than any other personal finance book I've read. I was legitimately surprised by what I learned. Brad walks through dozens of things that I will use in all aspects of my life as a consumer. Some things aren't my cup of tea but many are. There is a lot here so there should be something for everyone.