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Product Details

  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936034530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936034536
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The author of a money-saving Web site/blog offers a comprehensive set of practices for saving money on household expenses. Thoughtful advice on using coupons is part of the package, but she also provides many helpful tips on storing food, organizing pantries and freezers, planning meals, timing shopping trips, and taking advantage of sales and rebates. There’s a lot of detail in this advice, but the author’s steadiness and likability keep it from sounding tedious. Along with her occasional references to Bible passages and charitable giving, her homespun presentation is endearing. There’s sincerity and a clear desire to help that more than compensate for her not having the vocal smoothness of a professional reader." 
T.W.  © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Kelly Hancock left a successful career in the corporate world to stay at home and raise a family. In the process of adjusting to a radical drop in household income, she discovered a treasure trove of secrets and strategies for saving money, buying smart and experiencing the joy of giving. She began a blog FaithfulProvisions.com that became wildly popular, receiving thousands of visitors each week. Kelly is now a frequent guest on radio and television programs. She and her husband, Bradford, have two children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

More About the Author

Kelly is a wife, mother, home educator, blogger, writer, and speaker living, in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find Kelly at FaithfulProvisions.com, a successful national blog, receiving thousands of visits per week, where she features the best deals and shares her favorite recipes and cooking tips each day.

An exile from corporate America since 2005, she decided to be a stay-at-home mother. Kelly knew she had to learn quickly how to live on less than half of their former income. With no special training and an initial repulsion to budgeting of any kind, she figured if she could learn how to do it, anyone could. As she mastered the principles of what she calls, "Grocery Savings" she began sharing her knowledge with others. The concept caught on among her friends and family members and she became passionate about saving money and helping other families to do the same.

Daily Kelly writes about what she finds on FaithfulProvisions.com and speaks at workshops taking the message and methodology of Faithful Provisions with her. The success of the business itself is a testimony to God's faithful provision!

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This book is so practical and easy to understand.
Joanna
I'm sure the book will be just as much "fun" to read and learn new ways to save money and spend it more wisely.
sunsshine09
The back of the book also has all of the forms Kelly uses to plan her meals, pantry and shopping lists.
rdrichards

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rdrichards on January 18, 2012
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Most couponing books are fairly interchangable, just slip the cover off and put on a new one and it has the same information. Savy Savings is different in that it focuses on something more than reading bar codes and matching coupons to sales. It does spend time on explaining that to get the best savings with coupons you should match the coupons with sales, but that is not the focus of the book.

This book spends time showing you how to stock your pantry, how to store your products, plan your meals and the pros and cons of various ways of storing and using your coupons. I also like the "QR" codes that she has throughout her book that will link a smartphone to various aps that can be used to help with your shopping and savings plans.
The back of the book also has all of the forms Kelly uses to plan her meals, pantry and shopping lists.

This particular author also does something that most others do not, she does NOT condone hoarding! She does NOT condone shelf clearing! She fully supports keeping what you can use and donating the rest.

However, if you are not a Christian, this may not be the book for you. Kelly Hancock is a Christian and her book shows a her dedication to God, prayer and her faith through the use of scripture and stories of prayer and soul searching. Kudos to her for being true to herself!

Her book has moved to the top of my recommendations to friends who want to start couponing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karen Ehman on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Is your menu plan running low on ideas while your grocery costs climb higher than your stretched-too-tight budget can handle? Fear not! Kelly Hancock has crafted the ultimate handbook for saving money and time, both at the market and in the kitchen. Why, this book just might save your sanity as well! Sprinkled throughout with practical tools, inspiring scriptures and clever ideas, she'll teach you it isn't just about saving cash. Its about blessing others with the fruits of your frugality. My new favorite go-to grocery (and giving ) guide!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S.F. on May 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
Who can deny with today's economy, the importance of finding ways to save costs in grocery, meal planning, daily way of life and work with a budget that fits with whatever size family you may have?

With, "Saving Savvy", readers will learn not be encouraged how using the slow cooker in a way that saves both time and feed the family, but learn vital tips, be encouraged through Scripture and just learn basic common sense tips that one will learn from God and Grandma's way of handling money.

What I like about "Saving Savvy" is that this is a book, that is applicable to anyone. There is no, "I can't apply to this home", but the tips that Kelly Hancock, shares to reader, can be used in any size home and income.

With free templates in the back of the book, I really recommend, Saving Savvy" for homes that are looking to both save money and also live generously, using ideas and materials that are already at home, can be easily bought or for the more savvy, found through the classifieds or grapevine (such as a deep-freeze freezer that is helpful for stocking meat).

Her writing is simple and its nothing that one would read and think, "That is too complicated", but instead show how by making little changes in our lives, we can make a difference in how we are spending and can adjust our standard of living.

This is not a cure-all, solve all your money troubles, but to be read as a book, to help correct bad spending habits, teach ways of approaching shopping and be able to live a life that encourages not only one's way of living but even one's way of giving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sunsshine09 on September 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I have been looking forward to getting and reading this book! I have been a "follower" of her blog since I first read about it in HomeLife magazine. I am a single parent who wants to not only save money, but teach my daughter and myself the right way to be good stewards. Kelly has a God given gift for teaching us how to make the best use of our time and money to do just this. She writes in such a way that is easy and enjoyable to read. It isn't overwhelming and I look forward to her post everyday (it's around 1:00 each afternoon :) ) I'm sure the book will be just as much "fun" to read and learn new ways to save money and spend it more wisely.

Shannon
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hazelnut VINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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This book doesn't offer anything new, but is pretty much a rerun of earlier ones telling you how to save money on groceries. It emphasizes coupon shopping, which those who purchase only brands that offer coupons might find more economical than buying the samne brands without the coupons. However, if they looked at some other brands or house brands they might actually save more! Not only that, the other brands may actually offer better quality and flavor.

I don't use many brand names because I usually buy raw: meats, fish and fruits and vegetables, which rarely offer coupons. Of the brands of foods I buy, I do have some favorites, but my favorite brands rarely offer coupons. By cooking "from scratch" at home, I do spend considerably less than some of my friends.

Just saving on groceries will certainly not cut my expenses in half. The book barely touches on buying at used clothing and household stores, which can really offer amazing savings, often on new or barely used merchandise. Nor does it place any emphasis on repurposing or recycling.

If you must read this book, see if you can find it at the library. That will save you money.
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