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on 7 January 2013
I bought a copy of Ausperity having read (and liked) a lot of Tobin's stuff in the ES.

Quite a lot of people will probably already be aware of some of the strategies she describes in the book - but the key to getting more for your money (IMHO) is knowing them all/using them all together - and this book is the perfect guide to doing just that. I'd imagine a lot of people will read it through once and then keep it on the shelf as a reference.

Parallels with what Martin Lewis is doing are obvious but the MSE website can be a bit daunting and impersonal whereas Ausperity is well structured. It's also worth pointing out that Tobin is also more cunning than Lewis - and that = bigger savings.

Recommended.
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on 15 March 2013
Bought this for my girlfriend's birthday and she loves it. The book is packed with useful tips and tricks for enjoying life and saving money, something surely everyone would want to do? There are so many tips across a wide range of activities, everyday things we use and even extravagances that don't need to have an extravagant cost!

Everyone who reads this is guaranteed to save money in one way or another and I bet a lot more than they bought the book for too!

It is also written really well too and I think everyone who reads is guaranteed to learn a few good money-saving tips!
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The idea behind this book is to help you save money on things you have to buy as well as the luxuries that you really feel you can’t live without. The book is divided into five sections – Spending It; Milking It; Making It; Financial Stuff and Directory. These are fairly obvious headings apart from the second one which is about the day to day expenditure such as food, transport, home etc.

With many of the suggestions in this book you need to be well organised – such as planning ahead to give you time to walk instead of getting the car out or getting off the bus one step earlier than usual. Saving money on supermarket shopping by comparing prices on things you buy all the time may well end up costing you money if you’re travelling to different shops or getting your home delivery from more than one supermarket. In fact getting the best value for money can end up becoming a full time job if you let it.

My feeling is that the book is very much one you can dip into as you feel the need to save money on certain things – or try and make more money. I thought it was very London-centred which means some of the tips are irrelevant for those of us who don’t live in big cities. But there are still some good tips for people who don’t live in the home-counties. I was pleased to see an author suggesting that it is possible – and cheap – to incorporate exercise into your daily life without the expense of a gym membership and the associated time needed to use it. Walking is free and good for you and gets you from place to place.

Where I did think this e-book edition really shows the advantages of e-books is that you can immediately go to any websites mentioned in the text without having to put the book down and switch on the computer. The Directory – which is the last section in the book – provides a handy list of all the useful websites and organisations mentioned in the text. If you didn’t use anything else in the book it would be worth buying for this alone. Overall – with the few reservations I have already mentioned – this is a useful book if you want to make your money go further or even make a bit more for yourself.
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Packed with advice and no fluff or bumph - page after page after page of tips. It's pretty exhaustive, although I still thought a tiny couple of things were missed out (like using train ticket discount sites, for example), although there are ample web links to fill in the gaps.

For seasoned thrifts, there should still be plenty of new information, but for those just starting to get thrifty, it's a real treasure trove. If you need it, the book practically doubles as a course on financial prudence, with sections on managing credit card debt and all sorts. Highly recommended!
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on 23 April 2013
Bought this book at the weekend- read obsessively in 2 days.

A Complete must for every household. Have been a money saver for the last few years (or so I thought!!) reading Lucy's book has given me a whole list of new, fresh ideas to try, websites to visit.

It deals with the 'big stuff' and also every day things which are easily overlooked.

Written in such an easy, organised way- good to keep and dip into

My only regret was coming to the end- hope that she writes a follow up soon
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on 21 February 2013
Well written to keep it interesting. I have turned over many corners of the pages of this book to remind me to go back and put into action the advice and look up apps and websites. Trying to save/make money in simple ways can actually be quite fun!
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on 26 February 2013
With so many tips and money saving ideas, agreeably a lot of them common sense (but then again we all know a lot of people with limited amounts of that today don't we!).....you will definitely save the cost of the book back!
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on 21 May 2013
I have saved the price of this book from one tip alone - the free download RedLaser which scans barcodes in shops and compares the prices online. Some of the tips are obvious, but several were new to me, and they are easy to implement and definitely save you money.
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on 20 April 2013
This is a must have book , within a couple of hours of buying this book I had saved myself £70 on food straight away and the fact that the book only cost 99p made it even better.
Some of the tips are so obvious you'll wonder why you haven't been doing them for years.
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on 8 May 2013
This is a very interesting book and provides lots of useful sites for further information. It offers some thought-provoking ideas and motivating concpets. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in new approaches to saving money and time.
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