Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

425 Ways to Stretch Your $$$$

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

425 Ways to Stretch Your $$$$

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425 Ways to Stretch Your $$$$, by Vernon L. Williams. 2004. West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing. 208 pages, Soft Cover, $19.95

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Give Yourself a Pay Raise; 38 Ways to Cut Your Food Bill; Cut Hospital Costs, for a total of 425 ways to stretch your money.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

Practical advice on saving dollars in day-to-day life

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. Practical ideas I had seen elsewhere

2. Practical ideas I haven't used

3. Useful for future clients who are under significant financial pressure

4. Technical terms in several areas were well defined

5. Pretty broad spectrum of areas that readers can apply facts to

A comprehensive compendium of practical hints to live more efficiently in today's marketplace, this book is well organized for the disorganized! Vernon Williams has pooled together a collection of common-sense guidance for a broad audience. It is particularly appropriate for those clients we have that have lost their position and finances are tight. This survival information is part of the security blanket they need to be wrapped in while they look for a new job and build for the future.

The material is organized by section topics and then each topic area contains pithy points of guidance, numbered and highlighted. I use the term "organized" loosely. Topic to topic, there is no overriding order, so you've got to search the index if you want to know how to save on college education or if you need help cutting food bills. There is no overview of the logic of the book-the material may be there, but it appears not to fall into any hierarchy or logical pattern. Within each section, there is the same loose structure-it doesn't go from, "You've got to do this as a first priority, if you do anything at all" to "This is a low priority in terms of likelihood,"~it just lists possibilities in seemingly random order. …

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