You know me, I love books about saving money--especially ones full of tips. So, I was glad to review Cheaper, Better, Faster by Mary Hunt. This book is really a revised edition of her book Tiptionary. I remember having a copy of this book about ten years ago. The tips were only broadly divided and lumped together. It was one of those books that you could leave in the bathroom for reading when you just needed something light for a few minutes (similar to Uncle John's Bathroom Reader).
When I read the introduction to this book, it sounded like it was a new and improved version of the old one. I didn't find this to be so. Improved to me would have been an improvement in the formatting and the ease of use of this book. I am the kind of person who loves charts and being able to come back to information easily. This book is really formatted for bathroom reading, like the old one. It can be read 1/4-1/2 a page at a time. It can be read in any type of order. It is simply a book to read for fun--for ideas. As the author says in the beginning of the book, no one could do all of the ideas in this book in their lifetime. You can just look through and find the ones that sound fun to try!
If you love money saving tips, but would prefer to browse through them in book form than on the internet, then you'll enjoy this book. My mom enjoys it, but I don't. It's hard for me to find my way around it and at this point in my life, I prefer organized books of tips that I can use and refer to easily rather than ones that need me to sit down and read. My life just doesn't allow for that right now. But, my mom, who's in her 60s, does have the time to sit in the evenings with a book and a cup of tea.
So, that's how I'd describe this book. It's for folks who have time to sit, but not for those who don't!
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Revell Books.