It was actually wonderful timing when Nicole Paitsel asked me if I would like to read her new book "Savvy Shopper's Guide to Couponing: How to clip, sort and use your coupons in an extreme savings climate."
The sad truth is that I WANT to save money couponing but I end up either buying things I don't need because I have a coupon, or getting overwhelmed with the whole process.
How hard have I tried? Well, I have a binder that I use for household information and in the back there are pockets for coupons. Some of them may even be current, I certainly print them on a regular basis. I tend to remember I have them when I'm at the store standing in front of the item thinking about the money I could have saved....you get the idea.
I even have great friends who are couponing experts...at least one of them is a Hampton Roads blogger referenced in this book! Couponing has always just been too complicated and really, with 2 kids, a website (not to mention a house) to run, it is easy to ignore the coupons and think to myself "I have enough on my plate already."
Enter Nicole's book. My first favorite thing about it, it took me about 30 minutes to read cover to cover. It is direct, to the point and only gives examples of things that actually need examples. She covers the differences between grocery store couponing, drug store couponing, and gives lots of tips on how to best save on the things you use frequently.
I have to admit, I will be holding on to this little gem of an instruction guide (it fits in my household binder rather well) and I will be using it to reference the ways I can save for planned purchases.
I will NEVER be the amazing shopper who pays $4 for $120 in groceries. I just don't have that level of commitment and I tend to be picky about the products that I buy, but I will say that I now have a clear understanding of how I can save on the things we buy frequently and the mystery of coupon "stacking" is no longer such a mystery.
Thanks Nicole :)
Want to pick up your own copy? Click Savvy Shopper's Guide to Couponing for the book version, and of course you can always grab it on the Kindle: Savvy Shopper's Guide to Couponing and the Nook: Savvy Shopper's Guide to Couponing.
Please note: I was given a copy of this book for free in order to write this review. The content and opinions of this post are my own.