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Publisher's Summary

Clark Howard is a media powerhouse and penny-pincher extraordinaire who knows a thing or two about money. A lifelong entrepreneur who is now the hugely popular host of a talk radio program and television show and the bestselling author of several books, Clark consistently delivers expert financial advice to his wide and devoted fan base.
Living Large in Lean Times is Clark's ultimate guide to saving money, covering everything from cell phones to student loans, coupon websites to mortgages, investing to electric bills, and beyond. In his candid and friendly next-door-neighbor manner, Clark shares the small, manageable steps everyone can follow to build a path towards independence and wealth.
Chock-full of more than 250 invaluable tips, the book outlines how to:

Locate missing and unclaimed money in your name
Lower your student loan payment
Find legitimate work-at-home opportunities
Get unlimited texting and e-mailing for less than $10 per month
Know what personal info not to post to social media sites
Determine the best mortgage rate, and much, much more

As Clark demonstrates, there are myriad ways to reduce debt, buy smarter, and build a future. Follow his lead and he'll get you there.
©2011 Clark Howard, Mark Meltzer and Theo Thimou (P)2011 Tantor
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1 out of 5 stars
By Chad on 09-28-11

Not too good

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

I listened to the first hour and was totally unimpressed. I skipped forward a few chapters, in case the book had a slow start, but ended up shutting it off. I did not finish the book.

It basically advises buying the CHEAPEST crap available. Not finding good values, but literally dumpster diving, buying off brand foods, clipping coupons, etc.... It even went as far as suggesting going out of the country for cheap surgeries!

You dont need to read a book to know buying cheap will save money.....what is doesnt mention is you will get what you pay for.

Unless you make minimum wage, i think this book is a waste of money. I have a TOTALLY different philosophy as the author, i prefer to buy value.......not cheap. There is a difference.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stephanie on 10-20-11

Want to Save Money? Go Bitch

When I got this book I was hoping for tips on buying smarter. The book mostly contains websites, which are hard to catch when you're listening in the car, and who knows if these sites will even be around in the next year or two?!

The other thing that got me was how often Clark's suggestion to save money is to call into such-and-such company's customer service and bitch and moan until they give you a deal. As someone who works in customer service, Clark Howard makes my life a little slice of hell. So, thanks for that.

If you want to know more about spending your money smarter, I recommend Suze Ormen's books. Don't buy this audio book. In order to reference the many many websites he wants you to check out you'll want the physical (or digital) book.

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6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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