Right after my husband and I got married, one thing I discovered to help us save money on our grocery bill was couponing. Back then, saving a few cents made me happy. Since then, I’ve learned that I can significantly cut our grocery bill down to a much more affordable amount just by re-learning how to shop with coupons.
How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing by Kathy Spencer is definitely a must-read for anyone who is serious about slashing their grocery bill. This book can even teach you how to get just about anything else for free, too. Love clothes shopping? You can even learn how to get those free, too.
Kathy Spencer is definitely a pro at couponing, and she can teach you some great shopping strategies, which stores have the best deals and steals, and when to cash in on these items. She has even whittled one of her own grocery bills down from $267.22 to ONE PENNY.
So does her advice work? I had the opportunity to get a look at a review copy of this new book, and it was so good I read it all in 2 days. Just to test out her advice, I tried a few of her tips this past week when I went to the grocery store. I normally spend at least 120.00 a week on groceries, and this includes things like cat food and household cleaners, etc. I try to do all of my shopping at one store just for convenience, which is definitely not a strategy you want to use if you can help it because different stores have different sales.
I took stock of what I had already to make meals with at home and made a plan for the meals for the upcoming week. One of my big problems was that we have food at home, but eating out is just more convenient, so food is sitting there going to waste in some cases. With my meal plan made, sales papers looked over, and coupons in hand, I made the trek to a local grocery store. Planning this shopping trip took a few hours out of my day, but my final total at the register was $40.00. That’s a savings of $80. This is a small victory compared to the couponing pros, but to me it was amazing, and my husband was seriously impressed. I can’t wait to fine tune my couponing skills even more.
This book was a pleasure to read, a real teaching tool, and one I would highly recommend to anyone who is serious about saving money.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. No other compensation was given for this review.