Book Review: Couponing For The Rest Of Us by Kasey Knight Trenum…

For The Rest Of Us
The Not-So-Extreme
Guide to Saving More

By: Kasey Knight Trenum

From the Publiser:

Shop savvy, save money, and still have a life!
Kasey Knight Trenum knows what it’s like firsthand. When her family’s finances were in a tailspin, she gritted her teeth and gave in to the need to save. In Couponing for the Rest of Us she shows you how she learned to save hundreds of dollars every month and offers time-saving tips and tricks you can easily implement in your busy life. You’ll discover

· where to find coupons for what your family eats
· how to reinvent your shopping strategy
· how to make grocery shopping less stressful-even fun!
· and much more

If you want to save money and time, this book is a gold mine.

“Prepare to be surprised by how easy it really is to slash your grocery budget by 50 to 70 percent consistently, week after week! Kasey takes you from start to finish using her uniquely simple strategies. You’ll go step-by-step, from collecting coupons to getting organized to understanding store policies and secrets for how to maximize your savings-just like a pro!”-Mary Hunt, personal finance expert and founder of Debt-Proof Living, author of 7 Money Rules for Life

My thoughts:

This is the kinda book I like a hard copy of. It is also the kind of book that I wouldn’t normally buy, especially since my husband and daughters love coupons. I don’t. I really can’t stand them. So we have a system in our house that starts with me cutting them out, organizing them into the binder, and then handing them over. That is all I do. I can’t stand to take them in the store. I get mad when I really have a hankering for something and I have a coupon and its not on sale and I am told by Mr.Penny Pincher I can’t buy it,  unless I throw it in the cart anyways. Seriously though, the whole process of going through the store with them just stresses me out. My hubby on the other hand thrives on the kill, I mean the savings.

So when I found the email with this topic, I thought I would grab it and hope for some inspiration to get back in to the couponing mode that I have been out of since we moved and it was a time consumer I just didn’t have time for.

This book offered me some new leads. The author has her own website blog and its pretty neat. In the back of the book there are nice worksheets to fill out, for example making a list of your pantry and stock pile list. There is also a list of questions to ask your store, freezing tips, and a suggested binder tab list for organizing your coupons.

You really get a lot out of this book, especially if your new to coupons. The book is written in a conversational tone, not preachy or all business which would make me want to throw it away. I stayed up half the night and read almost the whole book. I couldn’t put it down. I did scan some things I already knew and didn’t want to relearn.  There may even be some new things in here you didn’t know about. I know I found  a few. My daughters are really happy about starting couponing again so much, my eldest is reading through the book as I type this. My eldest is the child who hits the clearance rack and won’t buy unless its on sale. She didn’t get that from I can tell you. I have to shop and go in and get out as fast I can. I have learned to shop when there is a big sale. I love my Kohl’s Bucks, technically a coupon and free money right? This family is all about savings, but some times it can get in the way.

If  you want to learn couponing in a real world way, then this is the book for you. I really enjoyed it and I gleaned some new info. The book has also inspired me to get back on the coupon wagon and get to work, at least my part of the work. I still remember when my youngest went with her coupons for Pringles and came home with a boat load. She was the happiest child on earth that night.
Coupons are a great way to bring your family together in shopping and for teaching them how to be wise on their money, or your money.

I think I may have talked more about our experience than the book its self, but it really got me thinking and reminiscing. If you tried coupons before, maybe that is what you need to hear from me.

I will try to hit on some important parts for you that are covered.

using a coupon database (this was one of those new things I didn’t know about)
coupon lingo
types of coupons
websites  and printing
store coupons and loyalty cards

There is also a question and answer section at the beginning of the book. One of the questions was about eating organics, healthy, fresh veggies, etc. and how can you save money on those. Well, I can tell you, we eat a lot of whole foods around here. I have only found a pineapple coupon one time and then I couldn’t find a pineapple for the coupon because it had to be a certain brand and every store I went to must not have carried that brand.

Most of our coupons are for house hold items, personal items, and some packaged food. So we don’t load up on a lot of coupons since I do only look for what we will actually use at some point. And we do pretty good. We have so much body soap at one point, I was giving it away.

This book also talks about using your coupons for good, as in giving your surplus away. You never know when a friend or family member will be in need of something. If you know someone who uses coupons for diapers, save all those coupons for them.

This book was a useful tool and I guess it just got me inspired big time, so much I am sharing a lot. 🙂

Here is a video on the book, by the author. It should give you some more idea about the book its self.

I hope you enjoy it, the book, as much as I did.

I would suggest getting the paper version so you can take some notes in the book and highlight or underline important things you want to remember. This is just one of those books I would hate to read on a kindle because searching for what you want is hard and time consuming.


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