As The Millionaire Next Door revealed, and millions of Americans now realize, building wealth isn't just about working harder or what you choose to invest in: it's about spending smarter. Now, award-winning Tribune Company personal finance columnist Gregory Karp shows how to do just that. This book isn't about depriving yourself: you don't have to become a "financial anorexic," and you won't have to start dumpster diving! Instead, Gregory Karp shows how to build real, long-lasting wealth by plugging the money leaks you're barely even aware of, and making sure you spend with a purpose. Drawing on everything he's learned writing his prize-winning weekly column, Karp reveals surprisingly painless, little-known techniques for eliminating wasteful spending in every area of your financial life. Karp shows how to spend on what you really care about, not what you don't... understand the real value of comparison shopping...save money in giving gifts without becoming a cheapskate. Karp shows how to slash your phone bill... spend less on food without changing what you like to eat... eliminate spending leaks in insurance, education, entertainment and beyond. From the clothes you wear to the cars you drive, Living Rich by Spending Smart will help you build a life that's truly rich, because it's truly financially secure.
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"After 21 years of giving advice about your wallet on the radio, I thought I had heard it all and read it all. Then I read "Living Rich by Spending Smart." Greg Karp has a clear roadmap to wealth that is yours for the taking. Follow his simple steps and you will take control of your financial future. Get FIT now!" -Clark Howard, The Clark Howard radio show "The book is full of practical information for trimming and redeploying spending, which is often given short shrift in other personal finance books. The author provides solid advice and solid writing on a topic that benefits from a fresh voice." -Liz Pulliam Weston, MSN Money columnist and author of "Easy Money" "Greg Karp offers well-researched, practical strategies that can help anyone save big money on everyday expenses, and his entertaining writing style makes the book a fun read." -Stephanie Nelson, editor of CouponMom.com and frequent guest on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" "Greg Karp gets it and you will too. His research and tips will help you keep more of the money you earn. Reading "Living Rich by Spending Smart" is the best way to give yourself a raise." -Steve & Annette Economides, New York Times Best-Selling Authors of "America""'s Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money" " " "Wise people have always known it. Now Greg Karp lets everyone in on the secret. The surest way to living well is to manage your spending. "Living Rich by Spending Smart" is a simple roadmap that anyone can follow. And should!" -Gary Foreman, editor of TheDollarStretcher.com "For every consumer who consistently fails to engage brain before operating pocketbook, this book provides simple, concrete steps to immediately take control of your spending." -Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org As "The Millionaire Next Door" revealed, building wealth isn't just about working harder or what you choose to invest in: it's about spending smarter. Now, award-winning Tribune Company personal finance columnist Gregory Karp shows how to do just that. This book isn't about depriving yourself. Instead, Gregory Karp shows how to build real, long-lasting wealth by plugging the money leaks you're barely aware of and making sure you spend with a purpose. Karp's surprisingly painless techniques will help you eliminate wasteful spending in every area of your financial life. You'll discover how to focus spending on what you really care about...spend less on gifts without becoming a cheapskate...slash your phone bill...pay less for food and still eat what you want...eliminate spending leaks in insurance, education, even entertainment. From the clothes you wear to the cars you drive, this book will help you build a life that's truly rich because it's truly financially secure. -Smart people, dumb spending
Why you need to fire the accountant in your head -What a waste
From inkjet cartridges to extended warranties -Achieving money victory: short-term tactics, long-term strategies
Win today's retail skirmishes (and your lifelong money wars) -How to pay less for the same entertainment
...without having less fun - Why comparison shopping is more profitable than you thought
Surprise: it's worth your time
Gregory Karp is an award-winning, nationally published newspaper journalist. Greg’s column, “Spending Smart,” is consistently among the popular personal finance columns in Tribune Co. newspapers each Sunday. In 2006 the column was named Best Column by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Greg’s writing regularly appears in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, and Allentown (PA) Morning Call. It also appears on the Web sites of such television stations as WPIX in New York, WGN in Chicago, and KTLA in Los Angeles. Greg often writes family money stories for Better Homes and Gardens magazine. He’s a frequent guest on the morning show, Good Day Philadelphia, and appears weekly on RCN-TV in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He maintains a blog at themorningcall.com. Greg lives near Yardley, Pennsylvania, with his wife and two sons.
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