What I have learned is that their aren't short cuts and boosting posts is stupid. Here’s why: it’s a cheap way to get people to advertise without going into the ads manager and having them do all the “complicated” targeting. It’s basically taking advantage of those people who don’t fully know what they are doing.
My biggest issues with boosting posts is that you wont receive the same results without all the great targeting that Facebook offers through the ad manager. If you are going to spend money to run an ad you need to get the most bang for your buck.
Below is a video on the pros and cons of boosting a post.