A Penny Saved...


“Money often costs too much.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’m always a little suspicious of books (and people!) that promise to save me money, but I was glad that I put aside my suspicion long enough to read How to Shop for Free and All in Good Time.  If you’re looking to save a little money on your daily shopping trips, these books will give you lots of tips on how to keep your dollars in your bank account.

How to Shop for Free by Kathy Spencer could also be called “Couponing 101.”  I never knew coupons could be so helpful!  Spencer teaches you how to use them to your advantage by stacking, doubling and keeping track of when items go on sale.  For example, toothpaste sells for $2.99 regularly.  It goes on sale for $1.99.  If you have a manufacturer’s coupon for $1.00 off and a store coupon for $1.00 off, you can stack the coupons and get the toothpaste for free.  She doesn’t hide the fact that you have to put a little time into the process by looking for coupons and sales, but she shows us how to save money on the things we use every day.

In All in Good Time, the authors Tara Kuczykowski and Mandi Ehman, tell us when we can save on certain items, such as bicycles, appliances and cosmetics.  We’ve all heard of the white sales in January, in which you can save on bedding and towels, but did you know that stores put cookware on sale in April and May in anticipation of graduations and weddings?  They also give lots of tips on how to prolong the lives of your “stuff,” so that you won’t need to buy it so often in the first place.

To get a taste of the savings that await you, check out the authors' websites:  www.howtoshopforfree.net (Spencer), www.DealSeekingMom.com (Kuczykowski) and www.Life.YourWay.net (Ehman). 

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