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Trade Paperback
200 pages
Jan 2006
Harvest House Publishers

Five-Star Living on a Two-Star Budget

by Margaret Feinberg & Natalie Gillespie

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Okay, the first thing you have to understand about Margaret Feinberg and Natalie Nichols Gillespie, authors of Five-Star Living On A Two-Star Budget, is that they are delightful gals, but totally whacked out. But, oh, do they know how to live! And if you have the zany approach to life that they do, you just may be able to save a bundle of cash, own a lot more items, and travel a lot more places. But it’s not for the faint of heart.

In this book you'll read about how one of the authors filled her entire garage with cases of 7-Up, costing her hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, just so that she might get enough UPC symbols to win a trip from Florida to California to be a guest at an awards show. And, believe it or not, she won -- flight, hotel, the works! Another time, one of the authors and her husband arrived early at an airport and kept signing up to be bumped voluntarily from flights. They spent two days at the airport, but wound up with more than $8,000 of free flight vouchers for travel anywhere in America. (Like I said, these women are wacky!)

Besides the crazy stunts they have pulled off, they also have some less daring suggestions for folks looking for good deals. They begin their book by wisely talking about reducing debt, establishing a budget, using coupons, finding the best sales, judging products, and discovering unusual bargains. They later provide websites for locating special deals on travel, lodging, movie tickets, hard to find foods and clothing items, and stage play reservations. They give hints on how to deal with car salesmen, furniture stores and other big ticket selling venues. They show how to entertain at home cheaply with crafts, rental items, and bulk buying.

Although the book does not feature Christian teachings in a direct manner, the authors are consistent in their focus on charitable giving, service to others, and sharing of prosperity. They are against hoarding and, instead, talk about the joy of giving away to others out of the abundance that careful planning and budgeting bring to students of their plans and systems.

There are good lessons here, and there are also some wildly entertaining tales of attempting stunts to win big prizes. The writing is easy to understand, the advice is pragmatic and functional, and the humor of the book makes it fun to read. -- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

In Five–Star Living on a Two–Star Budget, Margaret Feinberg and Natalie Nichols Gillespie divulge their secrets for fulfilling dreams of travel, fashion, entertainment, and dining. You will discover insider’s secrets, including:

  • shopping tips for those who prefer Prada to Payless and Gucci to Goodwill
  • planning the trip of a lifetime for a fraction of the cost
  • terrific treats for tots to tweens
  • how to enjoy fine dining more often for less money
  • simple tricks to save on big–ticket items

In addition, the authors share their “Live It! Give it!” principles, helping readers embrace a Five–Star lifestyle—living more and giving more—on less! Designed with boxed tips, quick facts, and website listings, this book is for anyone looking to live above their means without debt.