Cheaper, Better, Faster

Over 2,000 Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money Every Day

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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.

The Author

  1. Mary Hunt
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    Mary Hunt

    Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle the epidemic of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof...

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"Chock full of interesting, useful and (occasionally) bizarre tips for everything from your household to your finances and your car, Mary Hunt's Cheaper, Better, Faster (Revell, $14.99, 400 pages, ISBN 9780800721442) is an incredibly thorough amalgamation of ideas to make your life exactly that--cheaper, better and faster. Though some of the tips were hard to understand--I'm still grappling with the logistics of a tip involving frozen fish and a milk carton-- most of them were enlightening and helpful, and the book is one I would encourage anyone to keep on hand. Need to clean your microwave? Hunt's suggestion to 'stir 2 tablespoons
baking soda into a cup of water. Set in the microwave and allow to boil for at least 5 minutes," remove, and wipe down, got my own microwave clean when years of struggling with cloths and frustration couldn't. The book could benefit from an index of sorts, but a quick skim through your
chapter of choice should be enough to obtain whatever tip you're looking for. Whether you need advice on holiday decorating or renter's insurance, Cheaper, Better, Faster is a great resource to have in your library."


Praise for 7 Money Rules for Life

"Mary Hunt shows you how to take control of your financial future. I've heard Mary's story and have interviewed her several times over the years and believe me, she can be trusted to help you out of your financial nightmares! Mary uses common sense, and with her financial expertise and experience, you'll find these simple rules life changing no matter your income level or stage of life!"--The Reading Mom

"If you've wanted to get control of your finances but haven't found a way that works for you, 7 Money Rules for Life offers a simple but effective plan that will help you get things turned around in the right direction."--5 Minutes for Books

"One of the best resources in my Ms. Cheap library is the book 7 Money Rules for Life, by Debt Proof Living founder and syndicated columnist Mary Hunt. It offers a good start for almost anybody who wants to do better on the financial front. I have met and interviewed Mary, a genuine frugalista from California, on several occasions, and this book is a lot like she is: straightforward, easy to understand, and very practical."--Ms. Cheap at

"No-nonsense and encouraging book gives readers the keys to get their money under control and get prepared financially for the rest of their lives. In her warm and engaging style, Hunt takes everything that she's learned over the past 20 years and boils it all down. Presented in a conversational style and readable in a weekend, this book offers applications for each of the 7 rules as well as practical advice for how to recover from past financial mistakes. These simple, unchanging, basic rules work in every financial situation, for every income level,and for every stage of life."--Woman's Day