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The Penny Pinchers Club: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Strohmeyer
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Living in suburban New Jersey, Kat has a pretty serious retail habit. Now it looks like her husband Griff is having an affair...and setting up a secret bank account in preparation for a divorce. Suspecting her spending habits may be driving him away, Kat's determined to save her marriage by saving some money. But when her rich ex-fiancé turns up with a tempting bargain, she'll have to decide whether love conquers mall...


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Strohmeyer's bubbly farce finds a shopaholic New Jersey wife worried about hanging on to her husband and trying to curb her lavish lifestyle. Katarina Kat Griffiths, a 40-something interior designer, joins the eccentric supersavers of the Rocky River Penny Pinchers Club to get out of debt, put her daughter, Laura, through college and save her marriage to Emerly College economics professor Griff Griffiths. Suspecting that Griff is having an affair with the more economically sound Bree, his sexy assistant, Kat vows to save her marriage, even if it means giving up her Lexus and her Starbucks triple venti lattes. Hilarity ensues as Kat discovers, among other things, two Mint Tingle condoms in the pocket of her husband's khakis right before their 20th anniversary as well as his secret $10,000 bank account. When newly divorced Liam Novak, Kat's first love, returns to town, complications ensue. While Strohmeyer's plot may appear overly cutesy, she (The Cinderella Pact) finds ample humor in her family-centric story, and the list of Top 15 Dos and Don'ts from the Penny Pinchers Club is spot-on. (July)
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About the Author

Sarah Strohmeyer is the bestselling author of Sweet Love, The Cinderella Pact, The Sleeping Beauty Proposal, The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives, and the popular "Bubbles" series. She lives with her family outside Montpelier, Vermont.

Product Details

  • File Size: 455 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525951172
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (May 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002AU7MKY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A penny saved August 10, 2009
Format:Hardcover
...is a great read!

The first book I read by Sarah Stohmeyer was the Sleeping Beauty Proposal - a great fun chick lit read that I enjoyed. So on a rainy Sunday I happily settled down with her latest - The Penny Pinchers Club.

Kat Griffiths is unpacking her husband's luggage after his business trip. But when she discovers two Mint Tingle Trojan wrappers and a receipt for a fancy dinner on a night she couldn't reach him at the hotel, she is caught unawares. Convinced he is having an affair with his young assistant, Kat visits a divorce attorney, who advises her that she will need at least $15,000 of her own money to land on her feet. The problem is - Kat loves to shop. What she doesn't love is knowing what she spends - Visa bills are the enemy. But forced with no choice, she vows to stop shopping, cut corners and save money. To that end, she joins the local 'Penny Pinchers' club. The plot thickens when a former lover appears back in her life.

Strohmeyer is a witty writer. The dialogue is funny and fast paced. Her characters are warm and engaging. The members of the club are an eclectic interesting group that I enjoyed. The secondary plots involving their lives added to the story. The group has some good realistic ideas on saving money - especially timely in today's economy. There's a list of their suggestions included at the end of the book. Although it's a light hearted entertaining read, the degree of happiness Kat achieves without the purchase of 'things' is worth noting, as is the degree of satisfaction she finds in taking control of her own life. The ending isn't quite what I envisioned or would have preferred, but I enjoyed it very much. If you're looking for a fun light hearted read, this would be a great choice. A little more hen lit than chick lit.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Her Best Work... April 16, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my third Sarah Strohmeyer book, and it is by far my least favorite. It's difficult to explain what exactly I didn't like without giving something away, so if I seem vague, it's because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone.

The overall readability of the book is just fine. Ms. Strohmeyer keeps the story going at a great clip, revealing just enough to keep you eagerly turning the pages. Some characters (Elaine comes to mind) are not really developed well at all though, so when you meet them throughout the book, you have to struggle to remember who they were, and where Kat knew them from. On a good note, I really liked the tips given on how to save money. Some were a bit extreme, like canceling the cable, and trading in the car, but others I've actually started doing myself...flipping the power strips my TV's are connected to whenever they're not in use, and unplugging gaming devices which eat up electricity, even when they're turned off. Also making a consious effort to turn off fans and lights in rooms that aren't being used.

My main issue with the story though was the predictability. I guessed very early on what the outcome was going to be, and I was disappointed to see that I was correct. I also had a hard time swallowing how neatly everything wrapped up. Even the outcome of the Penny Pinchers themselves. It was all WAY too convenient. Kat's husband Griff; while I believe Ms. Strohmeyer was out to make him seem likeable, he wasn't really. I never trusted him, and (here's where I have to be careful with what I say) while he was a pleasant, easy going guy, and all his explanations added up, for things to end the way they did, those emails were worded VERY strangely. Who would talk like that? Ok...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars timely contemporary drama July 25, 2009
Format:Hardcover
In Rocky River, Griff and Kat Griffiths have been fighting for a long time over her out of control spending habits. She thinks he is a penny pinching miser and he feels she is a spendthrift with no discipline. As their daughter leaves the nest for the first time to attend college, Kat is stunned to find Griff has a secret bank account and seems to be spending an exorbitant amount of time with his research assistant. Those two findings open up Kat's eyes that she nothing in her name, which means a sudden change in demeanor before filing for divorce.

Kat joins the Rocky Rivers Penny Pinchers Club to learn how to save money whole also having a support group. She cancels cable television and stops drinking gourmet coffee. She begins scavenging dumpsters near the groceries to find thrown away food. Kat saves money, but apparently not her marriage. When a wealthy former lover reenters her life, Kat knows she must choose between an apparent failed marriage and a new start, but love is making her selection difficult.

This entreating timely contemporary drama is an enjoyable often amusing but always poignant tale with a deep message subtly included. The fast-paced story line focuses on Kat who has spousal issues while obsessing to squeeze the penny starting with no more Starbucks; in fact she pulls a reaction formation so much so she gives Lincoln a headache with her squeezing. Fans will enjoy the newest penny pincher as she begins to understand more than just saving money; though in her forties and a mom, she begins to understand what matters; something many people never learn.

Harriet Klausner
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Cute Story
Very cute story. Had a surprising but nice ending. Will have to check out her other books, but it will take a lot to top this one
Published 7 days ago by Joan M. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great read
Loved the story line and it kept me interested, wanting to know what happens next. I would recommend to anyone who wants a light and fun book to read.
Published 4 months ago by kim wimble
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read I really enjoyed the book, love the authors other books as well
Published 8 months ago by Patricia Ranguette
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, light-hearted book.
Cute book. It is a light read and puts you in a good mood.
Published 9 months ago by LindaC
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
I liked this book very much. It was the third book I read from Sarah and she did not disappoint. I continue to look for more books.
Published 15 months ago by I like it... easy peasy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands out.
I have read a lot of books and this is one of my favorites. Its a great story with a little bit of guessing how things are going to turn out. Its very cute!
Published 16 months ago by Madolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but got better.
This is my first Stohmeyer book and I have to say, I think it started off really rough and slow. I had a difficult time following the people and understanding what was going on. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Nikki W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighthearted reading for real penny pinchers
If you are a shopaholic in denial, please skip this book. You will not learn anything practical from this book. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by mnespresso
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh...It didn't rock my world
I should start by saying that I LOVE Sarah Strohmeyer. Her Bubbles series kinda went downhill at the end, but I was a devoted fan and was thrilled when her other books started... Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by Amanda Aikman
4.0 out of 5 stars Penny Pinchers Club
The Penny Pinchers Club begins with the main character, Kat Griffiths, unpacking her husband's luggage and discovering two mint tingle condom wrappers. Read more
Published on March 10, 2010 by Literary Marie
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More About the Author

After being placed on other "must read" YA lists, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT has recently been chosen by Texas school librarians for the 2013 Lone Star Reading List, a great honor since Texas is a BIG state. Thank you, librarians!
It's also my fourteenth novel, but my first for young adults after writing mysteries and stand alones, one of which, THE CINDERELLA PACT, became the Lifetime Movie - LYING TO BE PERFECT. Of all these, SMART GIRLS has been my favorite to write because not only was I a "smart girl," but so were my daughter and her friends who, like me, grew tired of playing second fiddle. I figured the time had come for our kind to receive the kudos, the attention and the boys. The bad girls had hogged center stage long enough.
Before I wrote novels, I was a newspaper reporter of questionable talent for twenty years, never quite serious or responsible enough for the duty of recording all the news that's fit to print. (My definition of what was fit to print and my editors' often clashed. Apparently, it was not necessary to describe certain cops as "super cute.")
Some novelists begin their careers by winning literary contests or writing their first manuscripts while pursuing a masters degree. I began mine by placing Barbie in forty contemporary and historical settings with photos taken by my friend (and awesome photographer) Geoff Hansen. BARBIE UNBOUND: A PARODY OF THE BARBIE OBSESSION became a cult hit, landed me on CBS This Morning and USA Today. It was, briefly, the most shoplifted book in America.
After that, I wrote the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series featuring a bubble-headed blonde ditzy - or is she? - hairdresser with a gift for gossip who becomes a newspaper reporter. Kind of like a memoir, sure. And then a bunch of novels about women.
Today, I live in Vermont with my husband, a lawyer, and son, Sam, an upcoming high school junior. My daughter, Anna, is a senior at Bryn Mawr College where there are A LOT of smart girls. Also, there's Fred, my five-year-old basset hound and between you and me, the love of my life.

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