My frugal book review for this month was one whose title quickly caught my attention.
Shopping for free…it’s a dream, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be nice to do so? Most of us scoff that it could be reality. The title of this book gives us hope that it can be done!
How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing by Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose was an interesting read. I had it on my to-read list and it moved up once I had a discussion with Susan, my local Grabill librarian, about the book at checkout. Thanks again, Susan, for the recommendation!
How to Shop for Free was laid out by various places to shop for free. The majority of the book was devoted to grocery shopping for free, but there was quite a bit of the book dedicated to clothes and other household items for free.
The best part of the book, in my opinion, was the section on getting clothes for free. Until I read this book, I had not considered buying and selling clothes on ebay. Yes, this takes time but it seems to work for Kathy. Here’s what she does.
Kathy buys name brand clothes on clearance and sells them marked-up on ebay. She says that Gymboree kid’s clothes are some of the best sellers. This chapter certainly intrigued me, especially if you can find high quality clothes like these on clearance or at a garage sale.
While How to Shop for Free was mostly good, I must say that I did not care for Kathy’s language throughout the book. This book was certainly more secular than others I have read. If language does not bother you, perhaps you would enjoy this book more than I did. If you can overlook it, there are good pointers to be gleaned. That said, I’d recommend other frugality books before this one.
If you’d like to see some of those frugality books I do recommend, simply look under the heading of Books and Frugal Reviews on my header. There, you can read about all the frugal books I’ve read so far.