Review: Cheaper, Better, Faster by Mary Hunt

Cheaper, Better, Faster: Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day by Mary Hunt
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher:   Revell
Pages: 400
Source:   NetGalley

What if there was one book that could help you do nearly everything in life cheaper, better, or faster?

Make gourmet coffee without the gourmet price. Remove hairspray baked onto a curling iron. Clean just about any stain off of just about any surface. Keep your cat out of your houseplants. Get the best deal on your next car. And thousands of other helpful tips and tricks.

Cheaper, Better, Faster is all the best advice you’ve ever heard (and plenty you’ve never heard) collected into one handy volume.

Every tip is short, to the point, and helps you make the most of your money and your time, making everyday life less hectic and more enjoyable. Collected over the years by financial expert and Debt-Proof Living founder Mary Hunt, these little nuggets of advice are sure to make your life easier, one tip at a time.


Review: Like a lot of people, I’ve been feeling the money crunch lately. So when I saw this title, I knew I had to pick it up. Who couldn’t use tips on how to save money and time? Problem was, in the end, this book just wasn’t for me.

Let me start by saying that if you’re going to get this book, I don’t recommend getting the ebook version, which is what I read. Perhaps it was my ARC copy, but I was unable to really search for what I wanted or needed with any sort of ease. This is one of those types of books where the physical copy would just be much more convenient. I also found the formatting to be pretty bad, but again, I read an eARC, so that was hopefully cleared up by publishing time.

Honestly, there are tons of useful tips in this book ranging from your car, cleaning, kids and shopping. Things like “To keep your car smelling fresh, put some of your favorite potpourri in a mush bad and tuck it under the front seat. No more dangling pine trees from your rearview mirror.” Or “Spray your dustpan with furniture polish and the dust will slip right off.” Handy right? But for me, all too often I’d have no use for the tips since I live in an apartment and don’t have kids or pets. I totally understand that the author has to write a book that will appeal to people of all ages and circumstances, but more often than not I was skimming headings looking for tips that would apply to my life. And many of those that did apply were pretty common sense.

For me, this book would have been better if it was part of a series… break it up into smaller books that concentrate on the different categories so that people can get faster access to have they really want tips on and can avoid those they don’t need. Would I recommend this title? Sure. Will I be picking up another tip book for myself? Probably not.