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New Style: The low-down on living up-scale cheap, bargain-hunting, and cash-savvy cool.
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Publisher:  mandyjo ebooks ISBN-10:  0646413309 Type: 


Copyright:  Mar 28 2001


Would you like to pay less for just about everything? This ebook shows you how! It teaches you sneaky ways to enjoy 'style on a shoestring' and save your cash. Well researched and often cheeky, it covers topics from mortgages and real estate to lingerie and pets.

For example, you'll learn how to:
-live in luxury houses rent-free (legitimately!)
-pay up to 50% less on groceries (& eat well)
-pay zilch for your prescription drugs (legitimately!)
-pay up to 2000% less on cosmetics
-find 'the best school' & pay no fees
-get a cut-rate mortgage
-ring long distance totally free (legitimately!)
-buy cheaper petrol

Plus hundreds of other tricks, tips, and short-cuts for living the champagne life on beer money.
Sound too good to be true? The author is an experienced researcher with graduate research qualifications and has carefully documented her sources. She also has hands-on experience as a student living on an allowance for years, and thus has perfected the art of living well cheaply.
'New Style' is an investment that saves you thousands in ways that are sometimes 'innovative' but are always legitimate. You just have to know how to shop...

Bargaining : 'The Backflip'.
This strategy is good for buying items requiring specialist knowledge (eg technical equipment, a musical instrument). It is based on letting sales folk think you're dumb and then working that in your favour. Specifically, if you let sales staff suss you as a sucker, they drop their defences which is useful in the negotiating process. To encourage this, say things like: 'I'm not sure', 'I don't understand', 'I lost you a while back', 'Can you repeat that?', 'Please explain', and 'If you say so'. Act vague, speak in an uncertain way, and don't say much. Then, when you're are ready to make an offer, do a complete double take. A 'negotiating back flip' you might say. Speak louder and more confidently. Become awesomely articulate and very knowledgable. Then make your offer! In other words, let them think you may be a Rhodes Scholar on the subject, and while they're looking bewildered, look them in the eye and name your price. The shock value of this manoeuvre is quite powerful but you must act swiftly and defiantly when it comes to the crunch. Not for the faint-hearted!

The Backflip in action...
Suppose a guitarist wants to buy a guitar. He goes to a guitar boutique where there's a hundred hanging on the wall. Over a period of weeks he takes down each and every one of them, and plays either Jingle Bells, Jake the Peg, or Twinkle, Twinkle. And he plays badly. He misses notes, lacks fluency, and doesn't even bother to tune-up first. Nonetheless, as he moves around the room he gets a feel for each and every guitar until finally his heart is set on one.The next week he comes back. He says hello to the owner behind the counter as he walks in. He goes over and picks up 'his guitar'. He tunes up, and then starts to play a jazz piece he learnt on tour with George Benson. He does some fancy fretwork with complicated runs, harmonics, slides, and arpeggios to die for. The melody line, the chords, and the bass, are all plucked simultaneously using all five fingers of his right hand. Halfway through a string snaps, and he immediately transposes and shifts key to counteract this problem. His piéce de resistance is the final note where he does a special wavering effect he once saw at a José Feliciano concert. When he finishes he takes the guitar to the counter where the owner is looking slightly dazed. He makes his offer, and asks if the strings can be lowered by two millimetres.And that's a Backflip!!

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Sydney Morning Herald August 11, 2001
"the tightwad's bible"

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