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Scam-Proof Your Life: 377 Smart Ways to Protect You and Your Family from Rip-Offs, Bogus Deals, and Other Consumer Headaches
Sid Kirchheimer
1402730411
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Get inside information from those in the know on how to protect your money, your rights, and your health—with the most complete, practical, and easy-to-follow collection of consumer wisdom ever assembled.
 
In this essential action guide by dogged consumer reporter Sid Kirchheimer, more than 100 leading experts reveal smart and specific tips, techniques, and tactics that anyone can use to avoid being victimized—financially, physically, or emotionally. Car salesmen disclose secret strategies to save you thousands of dollars on your next vehicle purchase. Repairmen divulge the tricks of their trades … and disclose the advice you’ll need to get superior service at an honest price. Con men and crooks offer defensive directives to deprive thieves of your money, your possessions, and...


Baby Bargains
Alan Fields
1889392197
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
Congratulations, you're expecting a baby! What you may not be expecting is all of the requisite gear you "need" to look after your dear bundle. Fear not. Denise and Alan Fields, authors of Bridal Bargains, are here to tell you what's super and what's silly, and how to find it at the best price. You'll learn all about how (and where) to shop for a crib and dresser (including how to get European styling at reasonable prices), what you need in bedding and what can be skipped (a hint: no baby requires the $200 quilt!), which clothing brands are safest and least expensive, and how to shop for monitors, toys, car seats, strollers, books, videos, and more. The authors have field-tested every major brand (and several of the minor ones), and they provide star ratings and annotations at the end of every chapter. A helpful...


Used Car Buying Guide 2006 (Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide)

0975538861


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Book Description
These days, there are many advantages to buying a used car over a new car. Unfortunately, purchasing a used car may pose a greater risk to the consumer. A used car in its nature will most likely need more repairs, lack newer safety measures, and may come with a short warranty or none at all. That is why it is so important for consumers to do extensive research so they can avoid all of the pitfalls of the used car market category.

The auto experts at Consumer Reports have done the work for you and have compiled their extensive research and report their findings into the 2006 edition of Used Car Buying Guide. This fabulous tool will help steer any consumer who is in the market for a used car towards the better-performing and more reliable used car models and away from those models with a troubled...


Worst Pills, Best Pills
Sidney M. Wolfe
0743492560
Jan 2005
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Healthy Aging : A Lifelong Guide to Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
Andrew Weil
0375407553
October 18, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Dr. Weil has raised dispensing health advice to an art form. Instead of making his audience feel inadequate or guilty about bad habits, he seems to subconsciously convince readers to do better merely by presenting health facts in a non-threatening way. Healthy Aging is his most scientifically technical book yet (you'll learn all about enzymes like telomerase and cell division and the chemistry behind phytonutrients like indole-3-carbinol, and the connection between cancer and other degenerative diseases like diabetes) yet by far his most fascinating.

His main mission here is to recommend "aging gracefully," which he considers accepting the process instead of fighting it. As the director of the country's leading integrative-medicine clinic (combining the best of traditional and alternative worlds), of course he disses Botox...


The AARP Guide to Pills: Essential Information on More Than 1,200 Prescription & Nonprescription Medications, Including Generics

1402717407
January 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
With close to 1,000 pages of information vetted by pharmacologists and doctors representing the top pharmacology centers this all-color guide-in a highly accessible and readable format-is the most up-to-date on the market. And, at a mere $24.95, it's a fabulous value.

Mid-life and older Americans look first to AARP as a trusted source of the vital information that will improve their lives. Month to month and year to year, the association's 36 million members read and rely upon its magazines, its newspapers, its book-publishing division, and its website (aarp.org). When AARP says something, they know you can take that information to the bank. That's why book buyers will turn to this lavish manual for answers to their questions about life-saving-and life-enhancing-medications. The AARP Guide to Pills...


Clark's Big Book of Bargains
Clark Howard
0786887788
Apr 2003
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Radio personality Clark Howard pinches every penny twice, and teaches you to do the same. Whether he's shopping appliances, prescriptions, or cars, Howard gives you the lowdown on the most low-down price. With breathless energy, he tells of little-known ways to shave a dollar, or a hundred, from everyday purchases. He has no qualms about happily describing how to create the cut-rate wedding or funeral, to save big when you're having a medical emergency, and to save money on food and still have fun. Great instruction for the budget-challenged. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

USA Today
"Clark Howard teaches you how to get the best deals."


YOU: The Owner's Manual : An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger
Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet Oz
0060765313
May 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
If there ever was a pair of docs who can make the small intestine seem truly intriguing, here they are. Dr. Mehmet Oz is an alternative-medicine maverick and a cardiologist known to implement acupuncture during open-heart surgery. Dr. Michael Roizen developed the RealAge concept of calculating one's biological, as opposed to chronological, age. Here they've whipped up a witty guide to the workings of the entire body, appropriate not just for those who can't tell their pancreas from their pituitary. Even Cheers’ Cliff Claven types who think they know it all will likely be humbled by the 50-question "body-quotient" quiz that starts off the book.

With much sassy humor (they describe the adrenals as similar in shape to Mr. Potato Head's hat), they give a guided tour of the body's anatomy and major systems (hormonal, nervous,...



The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Amy Dacyczyn
0375752250
Dec 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Though tightwad seems like a derogatory term, author Amy Dacyczyn wants to assure you that it's okay to be a penny-pincher. This self-styled "Frugal Zealot" wrote and published The Tightwad Gazette for over six years to spread the frugal gospel. Each issue contained tips from her personal experience and from her many readers. The wealth of information contained in all these issues has been compiled into one volume for the first time. You'll find literally thousands of ideas for saving money, from the simple or practical to the difficult or bizarre. On the simple, practical side, Dacyczyn advises would-be tightwads to keep track of price trends at several stores in a "price book" and to buy in bulk when prices are low. Other, stranger offerings include tips for turning margarine-tub lids into playing-card holders, old...


Consumer Reports Electronics Buying Guide 2006
Staff of Consumer Reports
0975538810
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Digital technology is touching all aspects of our lives from cell phones to digital cameras. Going digital can be exhilarating for some, but stressful for others. Deciding on the right digital product can be difficult when you look at all the choices that are available in the market place. The new edition of Consumers' Report Digital Buying Guide 2006 can guide consumers in selecting a digital product and easing their anxieties about their purchase. The experts provide hundreds of smart ways to:

" Save money and find the best values in computers, plasma televisions, cell phones, cameras, DVD players and more
" Get the right high speed Internet connection or go wireless
" Establish a communication link between your home computers (networking)
" Weeding out spam and protecting your computer from...


Eating for Life: Your Guide to Great Health, Fat Loss and Increased Energy! (Body for Life)
Bill Phillips
0972018417
November 24, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Did you truly enjoy the food you ate today? Do you really like the way you look and feel? Are you consistently enjoying great health and high energy? Bill Phillips, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Body-for-LIFE, believes your answer to all of the above questions should be, "Yes!" He feels that food should be a source of pure pleasure. A source of positive, abundant energy! A "sure thing" in a world of much uncertainty. Phillips, who's widely regarded as today's most successful fitness author, has firm beliefs which go against the grain of today's popular weight-loss methods. "Diets, all of them, are potentially dangerous, most always dumb and ultimately a dead-end street!" he insists. "Eventually, anyone and everyone who's at all concerned with their health must learn how to feed their body, not how to...


Rich Dad's Guide to Investing: What the Rich Invest in, That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not!
Robert T. Kiyosaki, Sharon L. Lechter
0446677469
June 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
The rich are different from the rest of us, if for no other reason than U.S. tax and securities laws allow them to invest in ways that keep us from catching up to them. That's why 90 percent of all corporate shares of stock are owned by 10 percent of the people. Kiyosaki believes it's possible for anyone to move up into that 10 percent, but it takes a different view of investing than most people have: it takes a plan to be a successful investor. And a plan is more than simply buying and selling, or collecting "assets" that bring in no cash and are thus more akin to liabilities. The way most people invest, "they might as well be pushing a wheelbarrow in a circle," he writes. A plan is "mechanical, automatic, and boring," a formula for success that has worked historically for most of those who've used it. Kiyosaki's "rich dad"...


The Buying Guide 2006
Consumer Reports (Editor)
0975538837
November 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
In today's marketplace, there are an array of products that can be purchased and several ways to buy them. Consumers today are faced with numerous choices when deciding on which products to purchase. The choice ultimately comes down to the consumers specific wants and needs. "Is this the right product for me? Will I get my money's worth in this product? Which brand is the best for me?" What it all comes down to is... Are consumers' doing their homework to determine the best value out there that will fulfill their wants and needs?

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2006 is an ideal resource for consumers. It's a one-stop source for making intelligent, money saving purchases for all home buying needs. This compact reference guide contains over 900 brand-name ratings along with invaluable information on...


Mystery Shopping Made Simple
Ilisha Newhouse
007144002X
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
How to start a new career as a mystery shopper--immediately! "Mystery shopping ranks among the most popular not-for-credit evening courses, rivaling computer-skills and wine-tasting classes." -- The Seattle Times In Mystery Shopping Made Simple , you will learn to take advantage of the mystery shopper opportunities available in virtually every city in the United States and abroad! Successful mystery shopper and a leading industry authority, Dr. Ilisha Newhouse tells you how to break into the business and find the kinds of mystery assignments you want, in apparel, auto repair, real estate, restaurants, hotels, and many other industries. Step-by-step, she shows you how to: Connect with the mystery shopping companies in their areas Create shopping presentations and fill out evaluation forms Comply with all...


The 36-Hour Day : A Family Guide to Caring for Persons With Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life
Nancy L. Mace, Peter V. Rabins
0446610410
April 1, 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
It has been estimated that five percent of older people suffer from severe intellectual impairment. So these two eloquent and readable guides will be much in demand as the number of families facing the challenge of caring for a relative with some form of dementing illness continues to grow. First published in 1981, The 36-Hour Day follows the format of the previous two editions but has been thoroughly updated to incorporate new information on the latest research, several drugs that hold promise, and genetic aspects of Alzheimer's. The heart of the guide remains unchanged, focusing on helping families cope with this progressive and irreversible disease. Besides tips on how to care for the demented during the various stages of the disease (for example, place a picture of a toilet on the bathroom door), the text...


Cigar Aficionado's Cigar Companion
Marvin R. Shanken
0762419571
May 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Cigar Aficionado magazine, known worldwide for its celebration of the good things in life, revolutionized the art and enjoyment of cigar smoking. More than one million readers turn to the magazine to learn about the world's most enjoyable cigars, spirits, wines, beers, restaurants, resorts, collectibles, and more. In each issue, the editors evaluate a wide variety of cigars in a blind tasting format and rate them on a 100-point scale. Our previous Cigar Aficionado titles have sold a combined total of nearly half a million copies. Now Cigar Aficionado presents the ultimate resource, an easy-to-use, full-color guide with ratings and tasting notes for more than 200 fine cigars, organized by brand. For less than the price of 3 good cigars, it also explores the history and production of cigars, with expert advice on buying,...


The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide (Revised) : The Complete and Easy Reference for All Your Favorite Foods
Arthur Agatston
1594861986
April 19, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on the nation's #1 bestseller

Published in January 2004, The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide has sold more than three million copies and has continuously topped national bestseller lists. An essential tool for success, the completely revised and updated guide will feature a new, more user-friendly format and an expanded list of foods, as well as the most up-to-the-minute new information on nutrition and healthy eating to aid the now millions of early adopters.
The new edition will include:
o An expanded nutritional breakdown: total carbs and net carbs, total fat and saturated fat, fiber, and sugar.
o More food listings including meal replacement bars, other convenience foods, healthy fast-food menu items, and beverages.
o FAQs organized by phase and designed to answer dieters' most...


The Girlfriends' Guide to Baby Gear: What to Buy, What to Borrow, and What to Blow Off!
Vicki Iovine
0399528458
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Vicki Iovine and her passel of friends tell mothers-to-be when to skimp and when to splurge, and which hand-me-downs are safe and which are sorry. Readers will get advice on... € Where to get what you need
€ Crib and car seat dos and don'ts
€ Wardrobe musts and misses-for mother and child
€ Stocking the nursery and the rest of the house
€ What every new mom should have on hand for herself
€ Which brand names are the best
€ The Master Shopping List-don't leave home without it

About the Author
Vicki Iovine, mother of four, is also the author of The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy Daily Diary, The Girlfriends' Guide to Surviving the First Year of Motherhood,...


Consumer Reports Best Baby Products
Sandra Gordon
0890439869
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Few events are more exciting than having your first child, but hand-in-hand with that goes a whole multitude of new decisions.

Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products is your personal baby shopping consultant. Over the years, this invaluable guide has helped thousands of new parents navigate the sea of complex and sophisticated baby merchandise, pointing them to the best products, and steering them away from the less-than-the-best. Consumer Reports allows buyers to streamline the selection process, avoid shopping pitfalls, and help keep the baby budget in balance, including practical advice on:
·"Building" the baby's nursery from crib to diaper bag
·At-a-glance details on hundreds of items in the all-new Product Guide
·Ratings of car seats, carriers, play yards, and...


Thepurplebook
Hillary Mendelsohn
0446696986
Sept 2005
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Description
DESCRIPTION: With more Web sites than anyone can count and new ones popping up every minute, online shopping can be more overwhelming than time efficient. While search engines provide thousands of results, it's nearly impossible to distinguish the good sites from the bad--until now. With thepurplebook, consumers now have access to a comprehensive list of top-notch Web sites that have been evaluated for excellence in product selection and customer service, allowing them to find the best, most affordable merchandise quickly and easily with the click of a button. Editions of thepurplebook were published by Bantam in 2004 and 2005. There are over 84,000 copies in print. From essential gear like baby strollers and car seats to the fun accessories, thebabypurplebook is the all-new companion guide to thepurplebook--and the...


Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy : The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating
M.D., Walter Willett, P.J. Skerrett
0743266420
June 28, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review's Best of 2001
Aimed at nothing less than totally restructuring the diets of Americans, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy may well accomplish its goal. Dr. Walter C. Willett gets off to a roaring start by totally dismantling one of the largest icons in health today: the USDA Food Pyramid that we all learn in elementary school. He blames many of the pyramid's recommendations--6 to 11 servings of carbohydrates, all fats used sparingly--for much of the current wave of obesity. At first this may read differently than any diet book, but Willett also makes a crucial, rarely mentioned point about this icon: "The thing to keep in mind about the USDA Pyramid is that it comes from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for promoting American agriculture, not from the agencies established to monitor and protect our health."...


The South Beach Diet Dining Guide: Your Reference Guide to Restaurants across America
Arthur Agatston
1594863601
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Americans spend $440 billion eating out at restaurants each year, and as the American culture is increasingly on the go, we let diets fall by the wayside as we fuel up on fast food and convenience foods.  Now, with The South Beach Diet Dining Guide, dieters will have a trusted resource to keep them on track wherever they go.


The Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine
Wine Spectator
0762419776
Sept 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
No more excuses for buying wine based on label design! The popular Wine Spectator magazine's massive guide covers common recent vintages as well as rare collectibles. More than 40,000 individual wine ratings--organized first by country, then by producer--are based on blind tastings by the magazine's editors. Each entry includes a rating on a 100-point scale, price information, and often a description of the wine--for example, "Wild and exotic, bursting at the seams with tons of round fruit flavors, loads of wild berry characteristics, hints of violets, earth and blueberries and well-integrated tannins to boot." The editors smartly contextualize this mass of data with an introduction to each country's wine industry, emphasizing the country's major growing regions, common grape varietals, significant geographic and climatic...


Used Car Buying Guide
Consumer Reports
089043994X
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The experts at Consumer Reports help take the risk out of buying a used car.

Buying a used car is a greater risk than buying a new one, but can also be the best automotive deal around if the proper homework is done. The 2005 edition of Used Car Buying Guide helps minimize risks by steering readers toward the better-performing and more reliable models and away from those with a troubled past or substandard performance. It is best to be armed with as much information as possible before stepping onto a used car lot, and this book will provide everything needed, including:
o How to navigate the entire buying process, from selection to shopping
strategies, negotiation techniques and more
o Details about all the checks necessary to perform on a car, whether or not a mechanic is...


The Ultimate Question
Fred Reichheld
1591397839
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Almost everyone appreciates the importance of customer satisfaction in business, but this book takes that idea to two extremes. First, it claims that customer satisfaction is more important than any business criterion except profits. Second, it argues that customer satisfaction is best measured by one simple question, "Would you recommend this business to a friend?" Pressure for financial performance tempts executives to seek "bad profits," that is, profits obtained at the expense of frustrating or disappointing customers. Such profits inflate short-term financial results, Reichheld writes, but kill longer-term growth. Only relentless focus on customer satisfaction can generate "good profits." One unambiguous question, with answers delivered promptly, can force organizational change, he claims. Reichheld makes a...


The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide
David Zinczenko, Ted Spiker
1594862389
January 5, 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
A portable companion to the larger Abs Diet: The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life, this friendly little guide fulfills several purposes. First, The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide condenses the "power foods" recommended by the diet--a nutritionally sound mix of lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruit and monounsaturated fats--into easy-to-read lists that will help with daily purchasing habits. Second, a number of "Abs Diet Endorsements" are included to help you make proper food choices, even if you're grabbing lunch from a vending machine or food court. Lastly, it offers up a tidy handful of new recipes for wraps, snacks and smoothies along with a short-n-sweet workout. In other words, it supplies everything you need from a diet book to manage the diet on a day-to-day basis. ...

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