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Couponing for the Beginner: A Guide to Couponing for the Uninitiated Paperback – July 3, 2012
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The book is a how-to guide designed for absolute couponing beginners, so Dean begins with the basics, defining the various terms associated with coupons and explaining the various types of coupons that are commonly available. From there, she explains the rules that stores commonly apply when people use coupons, various ways to get coupons, how to organize coupons and plan shopping trips, and, most important, how to maximize the value of coupons by combining offers (she provides several examples with the cost of specific items showing how the various strategies can reduce the cost of specific items, sometimes to zero or below). The material is easy to understand and after reading this book most people should easily be able to whittle a few dollars off the cost of their next shopping trip.
Even experienced couponers should be able to find some value in the book. Dean discusses a number of common retailers and provides links to their rewards sites and specialty sites that provide in depth information about coupons and sales at specific retailers. For people who frequent a particular drug store or grocery, these sites can provide some tips on saving that might not otherwise have occurred to them. The Kindle version of the book contains a couple of dozen links to various coupon related sites, many of which may not be familiar even to those who use coupons regularly.
My only concern with the book, and it's a significant one, is the price. I received the book for free as a promotion, so price wasn't an issue. However, the author usually charges $4.99 for a book that's barely 50 pages long and contains a fair amount of filler (a discussion of the economics behind couponing is interesting for those with a marketing background but doesn't really provide any valuable information). It may be difficult to justify paying that much money for that short a book, especially when much of the information it contains can readily be found elsewhere.
In my view however, the material for the most part justifies the price (I did deduct one star from my review... if the book were priced at one or two dollars, I'd have given it five stars). The discussion of stacking coupons is more detailed and provides more stacking options than most books do, and the large number of links and details about individual retailers make the book a good reference that can be referred to repeatedly when needed. For anyone who's new to couponing, following the advice in the book will probably save them at least as much the cost of the book on their first shopping trip alone. Couponing does save money, and this book one of the better guides you'll find on using coupons.
You know I went to Barnes and Noble and they don't even stock books on couponing, you will have to order it here.
It was well written and laid out so that I could understand it and follow it.
If you are new to couponing I would recommend reading it. If you have been couponing for awhile you might be surprised and learn something new that would help you too.
Makes you want to try it and I did
Save , so far about $32.00 in few weeks!
Weeks ! Great for a beginner like me.