It is not a get rich quick scheme. It will not make you any money (We tell you how to do that in our upcoming book). What it will do is train you to be aware of the information that you receive in advertisements, common conversations, and FAQs. It will teach you to constantly look for better ways of doing things, and it works. We mostly apply it to travel, which is our passion, but it works for almost everything.
How it works
The Good, Better, Best Model works like this..
Name something that you need to do and find the average price to do it.
Step 1: Find a cheaper way to do it. (Good)
Step 2: Find an even cheaper way to do it. (Better)
Step 3: Find a free way to do it. (Best)
****Step 4: There is another level in the model that we call the "Beyond." It is reserved for elite zen masters who have found cheat codes to every aspect of life and have taken them to the next level. Not only do they get things for free, they get paid to do them, having little or no skills or qualifications to begin with! We'll cover this rare breed of life hacker in our upcoming book, but for now, know that this is the ultimate goal. This is the reason you use the model in the first place. It trains your brain to actively think about getting the most for the least. Now back to the model...
Sounds simple, right? Most people only think on the first level. They know they can call around for prices, and then choose the least expensive. The hard part is training your mind to look beyond the advertising that is constantly bombarding your mind to find the truly inexpensive, or free way to do things they want to do.
I need to print something. Let's pretend I don't own a personal printer, although I'm convinced prices are similar. Fedex charges $0.14/page for standard sized black and white prints.
Step 1: By calling three different places, I found UPS charges the same, but offers a discount of $0.03/page if I physically operate the machine myself. Staples charged a flat $0.11/page.
Step 2: By doing a quick Google search of the internet, I found a website (BestValueCopy.com) that offered black and white prints for $0.025/page. The downside of this is that I would have to wait for the prints to be mailed to me, and pay for shipping. If I needed the prints today, I could go to the local library where they offer printing for only $0.07 a page.
Step 3: Free printing? Impossible, you say!?!? Most hotels offer free printing in their lobbies. Yes, it is implied that it is for hotel guests, but really hotels don't dare ask questions. The reason for this is that someone may get away with the occasional free print job, but if they confront someone that happens to be a real guest, they'd lose that guest for a lifetime. They would risk the poor online review and potentially lose thousands of dollars over saving $1 worth of ink. Plus, they view it as free advertising. You're in the door. You're looking at how nice the lobby is, or how friendly the staff is, and you'll remember it when you do want to spend a night in a hotel. Obviously, don't print more than 10 pages here or run them out of paper and ink. You want to life hack, not be a douche. Clear your conscience by recommending the hotel to a friend, or writing a glowing review as if you stayed there.
Don't want to risk it? Try this instead. Most students in college get an allotment of free printing as part of the mandatory administrative fees they pay in the beginning of the semester. Most of the time its like 500-1000 pages a semester. Unless they are printing every reading assignment (let's not kid ourselves here, college undergrads barely go to class let alone print the assignment to read), they have most of that left over at the end of the semester. Go to a college campus, find someone who looks like they are accommodating and ask if they can print something for you with their account.
These are the basics of the the Good, Better, Best Model. Try to think about things using it. Accommodation? Food? Housing? It takes some time to get used to, but it will prove worthwhile over time. Even if you don't need to get things for free, it's important to know how you can.