Couponing for the Rest of Us Review

I stumbled across this new couponing book on the library shelves and I’m so glad I did! Couponing for the Rest of Us by Kasey Knight Trenum was an informative couponing read – from a solid Christian perspective.

Couponing for the Rest of Us was recently published in May of 2013 so the book is current with relevant couponing information. If you are looking for a good guide book to learn the basics of couponing, this is a great book for you!

Kasey starts by walking you through the basics of how and why coupons came into existence. Then, you are encouraged to change your mind to change your cart – and the savings. This was one of my favorite chapters because it was an excellent reminder that if you change your thinking (stocking up early and watching for sales), you can substantially change your savings!

Finally, Couponing for the Rest of Us gets into the nitty-gritty details of how to coupon. Kasey goes into specific steps of how to clip your coupons, organize them, plan your shopping trip and go shopping. My only critique of this section was that she continually promoted her website (Time 2 Save) but I guess that is to be expected.

My favorite chapter of the book was the one on Sensible Stockpiling. This is where you will see the long-term benefits and savings accumulate for your sale shopping. It is also a good reminder that you can stockpile on a limited budget ($5 to $10 a week) and see the results. I liked seeing Kasey’s list for items she stockpiles, as it compares quite closely to my stockpile list.

The book ends with a section on drugstore shopping as well as general rules of coupon etiquette. Some of these included be kind to other shoppers, use store coupons correctly, keep calm & carry on, and have realistic expectations. Not all of our couponing trips go as planned, but any source of savings is still a good source of savings!

Ultimately, this point was the best take-away from Couponing for the Rest of Us. Whether you save 10% or 70%, you are still saving money! This is very important to remember. As I said in the beginning, I also appreciated that this book was written from a clear Christian perspective with reminders to share the blessings we gain from our couponing.

Without a doubt, I can highly recommend Couponing for the Rest of Us, particularly for those beginning to coupon or needing a refresher in the basics. It is a well-written book that is sure to inspire you that this is your time 2 save!

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