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This insightful book offers down-to-earth advice on how to do things better and smarter, save time and money, and eliminate much of the hassle and frustration of daily living. Here is a book that guides you step-by-step in getting more out of every day and every dollar. All of the tips are practical and can be used by anyone, whether you are just starting out or nearing retirement. There is no need to envy the guy or gal next door---who may seem to get more for a day's effort than you do. Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then---150 Tips for Smarter Living reveals "open secrets" that can enrich your income and your life, including details on how to: * Save $250,000 over your lifetime by timing when you buy a new car * Ask for a date without ever feeling intimidated * Learn the "magic" word that eliminates red tape and paperwork * Use a phrase that lets you ask a personal question without risk * Perform a little-known but critical inquiry before buying a house * Apply a foolproof formula for becoming financially secure
These tips are targeted toward the person who makes lists, has goals, or wants to get an edge in life. Reading Newman's book is like having a smarter, older brother whispering in your ear just when you need him.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN 1931741662 ISBN13 9781931741668
Availability 101 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 26, 2016 09:26.
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Practical, common sense advice for readers Apr 7, 2008
Reviewed by Kam Aures for RebeccasReads (4/08)
"Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then: 150 Tips for Living Smarter" is filled with practical advice to help you live a better life. In the Author's Note at the beginning of the book Newman informs the readers that this book is a compilation of lessons learned from his own personal mistakes. He is sharing the knowledge that he has acquired throughout the years in hopes of steering others down the correct paths.
The book is divided into nine different sections: Dollars and Sense, Traveling Smart, Relationships, Life Skills, Your Health, Business, Time Savers, Buying Houses and Investments, and People Skills. Within each section there are multitudes of tips with one to two pages explaining each tip in detail.
A lot of Newman's advice will help you stretch your hard-earned dollar. He recommends that when you are purchasing big ticket items to ask for a cash discount. Instead of buying a new car every three years he proposes buying one every ten years and just maintaining your existing one well. Rather than taking your banking business to a large nationwide bank, shop around and you will find that a lot of the smaller banks will have lower fees.
Other tips are included to save you time. If you have an option, instead of traveling during peak rush hour times, travel during off times. Instead of leaving a voice mail message for someone to call you back just leave a message saying what you would have said if the person would have been available to answer the phone.
Some of the advice I found to be obnoxious. One tip in particular that I didn't care for was how to obtain those "Hard-To-Get Appointments." In this section Newman gives advice on what to do if you have to wait months to get a doctor's appointment. He says to take whatever appointment you are offered no matter how far out it is and then ask that your name be placed on the waiting list to be called if there are any earlier cancellations. This advice is fine but then he proceeds to tell readers that you should then continue to call the doctor's office once a day to check if there are any openings. He says that you will "have a good chance of getting someone's cancelled appointment, if for no other reason than the office staff realizes they won't have to answer your daily calls any more." In my opinion, that is just being annoying and a waste of the receptionist's time causing delays for everyone else.
"Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then: 150 Tips for Living Smarter" would be ideal for someone who is struggling financially or someone who feels the need for more practicality, sensibility or common sense in their lives. The advice is basic and presented in a very easy-to-read format. While I found a lot of the tips given to be advice that most practical people would already know, I definitely could think of a lot of people who would benefit from this book!
Practical, common sense advice Dec 17, 2006
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views (11/06)
"Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then" by George Newman shares his hard gained wisdom so that other may benefit and not make the same mistakes he has made.
Much of Mr. Newman's advice will save you money. Such as: Never pay the bank monthly fees. He shares how to find a bank that does not charge fees or only a small fee for your checking account. Take a list with you to the grocery store and try to go only once a week instead of twice. Lump your errands into one trip and save gas and time. Shop on the day after Christmas to get great bargains. Don't be afraid to ask for discounts.
I like to travel and was particularly interested in what he had to say about travel. His vacation checklist is particularly intriguing. Staying in a small town may save you big bucks. Turn off the water to your toilet while you are gone. You will save time and irritation if you request advance-driving directions from whomever you're going to call on or visit.
His advice on relationships is common sense that we rarely exercise. Look for more than looks and never think you can change some one. This one was my favorite: When you meet someone ask quality questions. You should always listen to what the other person is saying. Ask yourself if you share interests.
At heart I'm a very practical person. The information in this book is practical, logical and down to earth. I found it useful and interesting. It is written in a simple, easy to read format. There are 150 tips divided into 9 categories. The cover is to the point and explains what you will find inside. I like this book. I like the information inside and how it's presented. I highly recommend "Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then: 150 Tips for Living Smarter" to everyone. The practical will rush to buy it and enjoy knowing they already knew some of the tips and will relish learning the new ones. The unpractical need this book; lets hope the practical will purchase it for them as a gift. I can already think of several people that will benefit from this book. It is with great honor that I highly recommend this book for everyone.
surprise seeing it in Bottom Line Personal Aug 26, 2006
I am happy to report the book I was proud to publish has been featured in the September issue of Bottom Line Personal with a full page article. Great recomendation! Wow
A Medley of Tips for Living Smarter May 16, 2006
George Newman has combined illustrations, personal experiences, and words of advice. He has condensed them into 150 practical down to earth tips for living smarter. He has tips to help you raise your income, tips to help you avoid high priced penalties, and tips to help you eliminate everyday hassles.
He has included tips on banking, shopping, traveling, relationships, and life skills and health. These short chapters are succinctly written and arranged for easy reading and assimilation. As a business administrator I found his tips on business, real estate, investment, and time management especially helpful.
George Newman is well qualified to write this book. He is an award winning journalist, an educator, an entrepreneur, and author. He is active in numerous volunteer organizations and founder of the One Hour/One Child, volunteer tutoring program for low-income and at-risk children.
Newman's writing is clear, direct, fast moving, practical and often profound.
This book is for the novice or the expert. The book is for everyone who wants to live smarter and capture opportunities that others miss.