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How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing Paperback – November 30, 2010
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San Francisco Book Review, December 2010
“[Spencer’s] techniques make sense.”
“[Spencer] lets the reader in on the little-known tricks of the retail world…This book is a treasure of information about store club programs, the ins and outs of eBay, how to avoid consumer scams, and the truths about rebates. This is a shopper’s dream come true.”
“You’ll save big bucks if you follow the advice in How to Shop for Free.”
“Kathy explains everything on how to get started by setting your savings goals, getting organized, and how to match sales with savings...How to Shop for Free is so well organized and thoughtfully written for the newbie…and yet, even the most expert shopper will enjoy this comprehensive how to book.”
The Argus Observer, 1/6/11
“Kathy has some excellent shopping tips…This book is incredible. Truly. After you read it, you'll never pay full price again. For anything…This is one book that’s not going to be collecting dust on my bookshelf.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned, and Kathy Spencer knows how to save a lot of pennies…Her wisdom can help readers enjoy their hobby of shopping with a more agreeable price tag of nothing…A powerful and useful resource, enthusiastically recommended.”
Deseret News, 1/27/11
“A quick and conversational guide book that is chock full of insight and advice…The step-by-step textbook for shopaholics…There are a ton of good tips and tricks…The book is a great value—especially in helping readers to realize the absurdity of mindlessly spending money and full retail price for consumer goods.”
“[Spencer’s] infectious enthusiasm and promise of money that can be saved is appealing even to the skeptics among us.”
“In the world of ‘extreme couponing,’ Spencer…has quickly risen to guru status.”
“[A] valuable book. Whether you’re just starting out with coupons, or you are a seasoned veteran…you will find some useful information that can convert to more cash savings in your pocket. For that reason, this book pays for itself…Educational, easy to follow, and easy to implement.”
Yahoo! Shine, 6/6/11
“Spencer teaches readers how to get everything…for nothing! Whether she’s showing you how to take advantage of coupons, in-store sales and rewards clubs, or breaking down the marketing lingo, like blinkies, tearpads and CATS, Spencer’s advice is easy-to-understand, actionable and fun!”
Rumford River Valley Sun
More About the Author
While he was recovering, I began scheming ways we could save money. I'd always followed store promotions and casually clipped coupons, but it wasn't a "lifestyle," per se. One day in between trips to the hospital, I ran into a convenience store to buy juice. I noticed a bottle of cranberry that was on sale for a dollar that I just so happened to have a coupon for. The coupon gave me a dollar off that brand, so guess what - the juice was free. That's when the light bulb went off - What if I applied this shopping strategy to more than just cranberry juice? From that day on, I began challenging myself to shop for free.
Today, we look like we have it all. We live in a 3,000 square-foot home on nearly three acres of land in an affluent community. My husband and I drive vehicles that we paid for in cash. My kids and I wear name-brand clothes. Our oldest is in college and we have no credit card debt. What's more, my husband and I never fight about money. How many married couples can say that?
The irony is that my husband never got his promotion; he makes $45,000 a year. And yet, to take a walk through our house and sit down at our dinner table, you'd never know that "on paper," we're considered low-income. We live a life of abundance because I've discovered the secret to having more of what we want, for less. And guess what? You, too, can learn how to shop for free and have it all.
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, Kathy plugs her website in this book, but it is free to join; [...] and I hope this isn't the first time you have heard of it. If it is check it out. This book is a great compliment to the site and has now given me the additional knowledge I needed to maximize the resources provided on the site. This is a process and takes organization, knowledge and a little time each week. The good news is this book will show you how to get organized, where & how to get the knowledge and you just need to budget your time. I look forward to reading your "Hall of Fame" in the weeks to come.
now, many have said that you can learn it all online. well that is a load of bull plop. the time you would spend learning online could better be spent saving after reading this book in a couple afternoons. time is money, if you spend 2 weeks finding out how to do it online you could be missing out on the immediate savings of one hundred and fifty five dollars. so, if you think you are saving money by NOT buying the book, you are really losing one hundred and forty six dollars instead of saving 9$ on a book. would you rather save nine dollars and lose one hundred and forty six dollars (2 weeks savings-purchase price), or would you rather spend nine dollars and have an extra 146 dollars in your pocket by the time the internet learners are just figuring out how to START saving money?. its simple math really. you lose money trying to learn without the book.Read more ›
Be able to invest a great deal of time in researching deals, driving from store to store and reselling excess goods.
Live in an area that accepts double coupons and have several grocery stores within driving distance.
Have some extra cash to invest in buying goods to resell, purchase coupons in bluk an djump on clearance sales when they pop up.
If you don't have or can't spare those three things, then this book may not be for you. However, if you're willing to put in the effort, give up the time and risk the resources, you can be a shopping Queen like Kathy.
Kathy does provide a very detailed account of how she does what she does. Alot of it I already knew, but there were some things I learned that are worth the price of the book twice over. And if you're a total beginner to the frugal shopping lifestyle, this book could very well be you're new bible.
The book is comprehensive, but I do want to note that not all of the coupon strategies the author mentions will work for all parts of the country. This isn't a criticism because I can't imagine how she could possible address every possibility in each part of the country. But, for example, in my city when buying BOGO (buy one get one free) deals, only one coupon is permitted per deal, not two. Also, other than one big box store in the area, overages that occur when a coupon is worth more than the the sale price of the item are either reduced down to the actual price of the item (still a good deal) or outright rejected by the store (bummer.)
The author mentions problems with cashiers, and I find it one of the most frustrating parts of trying to use coupons as part of my shopping saving strategy. I am always polite and work hard at ensuring I have the correct coupon for each item, yet I find many clerks do not want to accept coupons -- they argue, dispute, and unfortunately do not scan all of the coupons handed to them. So, additional time and effort must be spent to carefully watch while they are scanning and know what the total should be at the end of the transaction. You might also have to politely wait while a manager is called to explain to the clerk why a coupon should be accepted.
Somewhere I read that three quarters of the people who start couponing stop after a couple of attempts, and it is understandable.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am loving this book. Easy to understand and follow. I haven't finished it yet but I can already tell it will help me to be a better couponer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim
One of my biggest regrets this year was signing up for the websites listed in this book. I am now overwhelmed by spam.Published 2 months ago by Amy Kennedy
I got my delivery fast. I am still reading. I am on chapter 4. So far, the book is great. I am learning a lot. She gives you a lot of inforPublished 2 months ago by Irma Berindoave-Scott
For people just getting into couponing, this book is the way to go. Easy to read, understand and implement into your life so you can start shopping for FREE as soon as possible! Read morePublished 3 months ago by ASHLEY ROCKEL
I purchased this book to see if I could find any more tips than what I already knew at the time. It was very informative, especially if you're new to saving money on groceries and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tracy
A lot of good tips, worth reading if you haven't couponed and done a lot of free things in the past.Published 5 months ago by Charlotte Fitzgerald