This book was better than the other money saving books that I've read and it was much more realistic. The last grocery saving book I read urged me not to buy chicken unless it was at a rock bottom price of .79 cents per pound. Well, I'm not sure how things/prices are in east bumblef*ck, but I couldn't skin my own chicken for .79 cents per pound here in the Washington DC area. I'm not sure where the author lives, but she had more sense to her and I learned a lot.
Of course she does stress the use of coupons, but that's alright with me. We already use coupons, subscribe to the Sunday paper and I beg my coworkers and mother-in-law to mail me their unused coupon inserts (works 50% of the time). No, I'm not one of those crazies on extreme couponing (because I'm not sure how things are in east bumblef*ck, but where I live you can't even use more than 5 of the same coupons at a time).
This one is definitely worth picking up from the library.
From Goodreads.com: Americans are hungry for bargains these days, but one woman has developed the ultimate strategy for enjoying a feast of savings. Taking the nation by storm, with appearances ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show Stephanie Nelson has shown countless women and men how to save thousands of dollars by becoming savvy coupon clippers-without sacrificing nutrition or quality. Now, in The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, Nelson demonstrates all of the tricks of the trade-beyond coupons and tailor-made for a variety of shopper lifestyles. Whether you're a "busy" shopper and have only a small amount of time each week to devote to finding the best deal; a "rookie" shopper who is ready to put more effort into cutting bills; or a seasoned "varsity" shopper who is looking for new ways to get the deepest discounts possible, this book offers techniques thatw ill make it easy to save money at any level and on any timetable.
Extending her Strategic Shopping protocols to mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, natural-food stores, drugstores, and other retailers, Nelson proves that value and variety can go hand in hand. With meal- planning tips, recipes, and cost-comparison guides, as well as inspiring real-life stories from the phenomenal Coupon Mom movement, this is a priceless guide to turning the checkout lane into a road of riches
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