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Book Review: How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

Author: Kathy Spencer Publisher: Da Capo – Lifelong Books – 237 pages Book Review by Laxmi Chaandi When I first saw this book, its title enthralled me. But I was skeptical and not sure if it meant what I thought it meant. The title seemed to mean that while some people pay someone a fee for shopping, they can get it done for free through other people. But how? Or does the title really mean that you can get things for free? You do not really mean that you get stuff for no money at all, do you? one is impelled to ask? But that is what the title really means as I started to read the inside pages. From our own experience most of us know that manufacturers’ discount coupons come in Sunday newspapers; supermarket reward cards enable us to buy products at lower than marked prices; there are “buy-one-get-one” deals; and occasionally, double coupons. But even with discount coupons, reward cards, buy-one-get-one deals and double coupons used in combinations, it is usually not possible to get grocery products for no money at all. But the author Kathy Spencer writes that you can actually get products for close to free or even totally free. This is incredible to most of us and most will say it is really impossible to pay nothing for products or even next to...

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Book Review: How to Retire Happy: The 12 most important decisions you must make before you retire.

Author: Stan Hinden Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional – 233 pages Book Review by: Paiso Jamakar One of the first tasks I set out to do when I review a book is to find out the qualifications and backgrounds of authors. In the case of How to Retire Happy, Stan Hinden is very well qualified to write about retirement, and shows you how to be secure and happy in that part of your life. He has spent 45 years in journalism, of which 23 were with the Washington Post as a reporter, writer, editor and columnist. He retired from the Post in 1996. He wrote about stocks and mutual funds in that newspaper’s business section. His column Retirement Journal won an award from the American University School of Communication. It also won him recognition from the Investment Company Institute, being cited for “excellence in personal finance reporting.” Stan Hinden was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1998. Currently he resides in the Washington DC area and writes the Retirement Perspectives column for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). For more information on him and his book, go to www.StanHinden.com Ever-changing tax laws on retirement income, health insurance coverage affected by legislation and the insurance companies themselves and modifications in Social Security benefits require constant keeping-up by retirees – tasks not that easy to handle by lay people...

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Book Review: How to Master the Art of Selling

Author: Tom Hopkins Publisher: Smarter Comics. 50 pages Book Review by Ramu Nakliba This is a classic book by someone who is probably the best-known person in the field of selling: Tom Hopkins This is actually a comic book!  It is with drawings and spoken words, making it an easy read. And an easy way to learn some of the most important lessons on how to sell. Illustrated by Bob Byrne, this compact 50-page comic book imparts the essential attitudes and techniques to be mastered by the salesperson. It shows you at the outset that you need the relevant knowledge, a strong drive and the necessary skills in order to succeed in sales. It tells you the advantage of the profession of sales over other types of work. Among them are the freedom of expression; the opportunity of making a larger amount of money because much of your compensation is typically from commissions on sales; the daily challenges (if you like challenges) so that your work is never boring; the freedom to set your working hours; no overbearing boss, so you can work the way you want as long as you produce the expected amount of sales at any stage of your career; satisfaction from having helped someone who benefits from your product or service. The book also shows you clearly that Tom Hopkins’ way of selling is based...

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Book Review: How to Get a Great Job in 90 Days or Less

Author: Joe Carroll Publisher: www.Career-Coach-Now.com. 157 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar This is an awesome book. It is not just about getting your first or your next job. If you read closely and understand the points that Joe Carroll makes, this can be a life-changer for you. More about that after the second paragraph. Now, if you’re just desperate to get a job, any job, just to make money to survive, then I suppose you can quickly get a job in a supermarket, a fast-food restaurant or anywhere you see a “Help Wanted” ad or sign. Get that job and relieve yourself of immediate stress. Then read this book, and take the actions Joe Carroll suggests not only to find your “great” job, but to have it aligned with your life’s purpose. Life’s purpose? What has that got to do with just getting a job? Everything. When you discover what it is that you love to do (your passion) based on what you are good at (your talents), you can then discover and define what it is you really want to do on earth (your purpose) and make this a better place to live on. And when you get a job and build a career that aligns these values, you find self-fulfillment, Joe points out in this eye-opening book. If a large income is part of what you...

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Book Review: Healthy Family Dinners from Family Circle Magazine

Author: Linda Fears, Editor in Chief, Family Circle Magazine Publisher: Wiley – 368 pages Book Review by: Laxmi Chaandi This book on healthy food for the whole family (and that includes kids and youngsters who consume a lot of unhealthy “junk food” and “fast food” these days) shows the reader in numerous photos of delicious-looking dishes that food that is good for you does not have to be food that doesn’t taste good. Linda writes: “for many people ‘eating healthy’ implies depriving yourself in some way. At Family Circle magazine we do not believe that you should ever be asked to give up your favorite food. That is why Healthy Family Dinners celebrates the joy of eating delicious food – all foods. There’s no sacrificing here because we know that enjoying a wonderful meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures.” She mentions that she learned from her mom that it is important to use fresh ingredients because they are more flavorful. Fresh vegetables (green, leafy and other types), grains and legumes, and fresh meats, when sprinkled with herbs, and grilled, roasted or sautéed in very small amount of oil, are healthful and can come out tasting great, she writes. Total elimination of fats and oils is of course not possible. But minimizing its use in preparing foods is suggested by dietitians, if you want to stay away from affecting...

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