I agree with the "wait 3 days" Method. IMO, it is a waste of beer to check gravity more than twice at the end, and you need at least a couple days to make sure you have a stable gravity.
Also, the consensus is not that it is especially bad to transfer to secondary. The consensus is that transferring to secondary is only useful in certain circumstances (Usually fruit), and in other instances just doesn't provide much benefit for the hassle and chance of oxidation.
I know when I started brewing, I didn't have a blow off, so I was transferring to secondary so I could clean out my 6g carboy and put fresh wort in. I did 1 week primary (6g Carboy), 1 week secondary (5g Carboy), and then into bottles. Since I was brewing every week, and had only 2 carboys, I had to transfer just to clear space.