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The Spend Less Handbook: 365 Tips for a Better Quality of Life While Actually Spending Less [Paperback]

Rebecca Ash
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Book Description

17 Oct 2008
Turn your fortunes around with a year’s worth of money–saving, life–improving tips!

You don’t have to live like a recluse or deny yourself life’s luxuries.  By spending less, you really can have more. It’s not just about saving the odd penny when you’re doing your grocery shopping – it’s about rediscovering the truly valuable things in life.  Discover the power of less and create more time in your life to find the kind of happiness that money just can’t buy.

From simple tactics such as never shopping on an empty stomach, to lesser–known tricks like importing goods to pay for your holiday, every tip will save you between £5 and £50,000.

You will find 365 practical tips in the following areas to help you live on less, spend less, and be far richer and happier for it!

  1. Shopping
  2. Your house and your home
  3. More ways of saving or making money whenever you buy or sell property  
  4. Your personal finances and savings
  5. Cut the cost of necessary household expenses
  6. Food and drink
  7. Cutting out unnecessary, excessive expenditure
  8. Kids, schools and universities
  9. Cars and travel
  10. Leisure, pleasure and going on holiday
  11. The kind of happiness that money just can′t buy
  12. Creating more time in your life
  13. Your ′job′ or your ′work′
  14. Moving overseas

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone Publishing (17 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906465142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906465148
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This work provides a year′s worth of money–saving, life–improving tips...about how you can actually have and enjoy more" (Dorset Society, January 2009)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Patronising and pointless 1 April 2009
By Piglet
One of the tips in this book is "try Top Shop for clothes, they have some surprisingly good quality stuff"! Great if you can afford Top Shop over Primark or Asda, but not really something I'd expect to read in a money saving book!

As already mentioned, it's more a book for very rich people wanting to tighten their belts, rather than us mere mortals looking for extra innovative ways to save a bit of valuable cash.

Here's my tip - save yourself a few quid and don't bother buying this book!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
My partner bought this because of the credit crunch and because I might be made redundent soon. If you are looking for serious advice on how to survive the current crisis, then I wouldn't recommend forking out precious pounds for this book. The vast bulk of the book seems aimed at those who are spendthrifts, and if you think you are one of those, you might get help. To me the advice was obvious and patronising, with nothing new to tell me. In addition to that, i found some of the advice offensive.
It seems to be aimed at the wealthy middle classes, who actually need to be told to choose a holiday in a Scottish cottage over a Caribbean resort, or to buy their antiques and wine in France rather than in the UK !!! This is not a practical guide for the newly struggling poor, but a vaguely hippy self-help rant for those who feel guilty about the vast sums of money they are flittering away in an economy that has been bolstered up upon this kind of spending and is now on the verge of collapse.
On the plus side, I agree with a lot of what Ms Ash says about mindless consumerism and overspending, and I like to think that some could gain from reading this book, but I think it is weak. It reads like an article written up in a couple of days, rather than a well-thought out attempt at seriously helping people.
Even where Ms Ash gives practical tips, such as on buying certain items, I feel that it is non-specific and she does not provide enough factual evidence to back up her statements. I don't think she actually knows an awful lot about buying any of the items she refers to and is therefore not in the best position to give out advice to anyone.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I found this book to be rather dull, patronising and very one sided, the information and advice offered can be found easily on the Internet for FFFRREEEE.

The authors view on private and public schools was simplistic and very one way street she says that she doesn't have an opinion on private v public but then goes on to say that 'if you want your child to have a posh accent and be cultured send them to elocution lessons and teach them Helen of Troy yourself. Also her solution to living in an area with bad schools is to sell up and move to a better area...there you go problem solved job done.

Some of the information was good and spot on but much of it from a bygone age that as much as we would like it not to be is bygone. Life was simple then when there was less of everything and the world was so such a different place.

For me this book is written for people with OK to good money who want to have that bit more and not be so money flabby and not for people with hardly any really stretched or really struggling who want to do more then treading water. It doesn't do what it says on the tin on the cover

Horses for courses I returned it and got my money back and saved my cash I will stick to the library and frugal and Zen money websites.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book for Toffs and other moneyed types! 31 Oct 2010
By Artbrom
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This book is called 'The Spend Less Handbook'- It should be renamed 'The Spend Less Handbook for the rich and profligate!'
If you are an ordinary person looking to save money because you simply haven't got any then don't bother with this book!
If you are pretty well off and looking for a lifestyle change it might suit you!
I learned that:
1) If you shop around you can get a Savile Row Suit at a third of a price 'a mere 750'.
2)You can enjoy free accomodation by squatting!!!!
3) Instead of paying for expensive French antiques I could consider driving to France to buy some chandeliers at a fraction of the price!
4) Having sex once a week is 'equivalent to the amount of happiness generated by getting an extra 20,000 or 30,000 income!'

The main thrust of this book seems to be that we can all cut down our working hours to live a simpler life growing vegetables and making home made goodies. If however you are in a low paid job working long hours and struggling to make ends meet you might find yourself getting increasingly irritated with the contents of this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars patronising 3 April 2012
By Rmgay
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As others have said its patronising. Loads of comments on how to save the enviorment, which is fine, but it almost seems to be the bigger focus rather than saving money. On bit of advice that annoyed me was advice about cycling your kids to school which is fine, but then the author goes on to say "if the schools to far, maybe move the children closer". Sometimes the better schools are not in your area.I dont know many people who would move their kids because they couldnt cycle them to school. I do think some of the book was designed to soothe the middle classes. Such comments on how private schools are no better than normal schools.Despite the author admitting better grades, but flippiantly saying it dosnt mean their superior-just those parents who send their kids to private schools value education more(but sort of missing the point that those parents can afford to send their kids there). Just totally annoying! Some parts are ok, but not the selfhelp money guide its made out to be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to spend less money in 2012 then read this book!
I was looking for a book to help me cut down my spending, which this book does but not how you would imagine. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by Cornishmother
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I bought this book with two others after xmas as my New Years Resolution was to pay off my credit card debt and save some money. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2011 by Jlaide
5.0 out of 5 stars Right on the money
Well, as I read this book it laid out all MY thoughtless, automatic behaviours which have been taking my cash for decades. Read more
Published on 4 July 2009 by E. C. Cormode
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
I really enjoyed this book. It really does make you think before buying more stuff. I read some of it to my eighteen year old son and he said it made good sense what she had to... Read more
Published on 7 April 2009 by D. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
I really found this book thought-provoking. The money-saving tips are so-so, but the commentary on how society encourages us to spend unnecessarily was really worthwhile. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2009 by Mim
1.0 out of 5 stars Spend Less - don't buy this book
Silly, vapid, patronising, trite - the credit crunch & recession seem to have spawned a rash of useless books which state the blindingly obvious and this is possibly the most... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by Marand
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Although this is a good book it is really just a second edition of the new spend less revolution which I had bought two years ago. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2008 by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely good tips in a format that works
There's a lot of these "beat the credit crunch titles" out there at the moment and some are more novelty than others - this isn't! Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2008 by Lola Cordoso
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