I’ve gotten a bit lazy when it comes to couponing. I wasn’t keeping up on clipping coupons or organizing them or even putting the coupon inserts in their files.
Sometimes I’d forget my coupon binder in the car (or worse yet, at home) and not bother to retrieve it.
It’s not that I didn’t care. It was that I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the time to do it. As I reflected on the No Eating Out Challenge, I realized that if I had been better about couponing during the month, I would have saved a lot more money than I did.
And if there’s one thing I do care about, it’s saving money.
The fact that I need to step up my coupon clipping was made even more evident to me when I read How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing written by Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose.
Kathy Spencer is a mom of four and author of the blog How to Shop for Free. She’s a coupon fanatic and is one of those amazing women who can whittle a $267.22 grocery bill down to one penny.
Her book, How to Shop for Free is a must-read primer for those who want to learn how to use coupons to save money. The book covers everything from the very basic ideas of combining manufacturer coupons with store coupons and sales for big deals to creating a stockpile. Spencer also outlines more advanced strategies for how to shop for clothing for free. Her month-by-month savings guide will be especially useful this year as I plan my shopping trips.
The book also covers the ethical aspects of being a good coupon clipper and how to use coupons to help others.
If the book has one flaw, it is that it assumes that all people live in major cities with stores that double coupons. It doesn’t address the challenges of shopping with coupons in a rural area, such as the fact that we don’t get a lot of the coupons that metro areas do.
That said, this book is still loaded with great information that will motivate you to get those scissors out and start clipping again. Spencer shares her tips much like a good friend would kick you in the rear when you’re being lazy about something.
The advice in How to Shop for Free will help you save more than enough money to recover the cost of this book, even without a coupon.
Note: While Da Capo Press did provide me with a review copy of this book, the opinions are 100 percent my own and were not edited by the publisher, authors, or their affiliates. This post also contains affiliate links which help support this blog at no additional cost to you. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information.