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The Lazy Couponer: How to Save $25,000 Per Year in Just 45 Minutes Per Week with No Stockpiling, No Item Tracking, and No Sales Chasing! Paperback – September 13, 2011
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About the Author
Jamie Chase has a degree in business management and a background in retail management for companies such as Brooks Brothers, J.Jill and Filene’s Basement. Jamie is an educator, wife, and mother who understands the value of both the minute and the dollar. Jamie teaches “Couponing and Freebies 101” and “Master Couponing” at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts, and her techniques have attracted much media attention throughout New England. She has been featured nationally on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where she was interviewed by Natalie Morales of the Today Show, and on ABC and NBC affiliates in Providence, RI and Boston, MA. Chase was also a popular moderator for coupon blog sites and she is soon to offer online classes. She also teaches public classes and gives lectures throughout community centers, library circuits, and private corporations. She lives outside Boston, MA, with her husband and children.
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Jamie's promise that she can save you money with no stockpiling, no sales chasing and no item tracking is certainly appealing. She had many points that I agreed with - and a couple with which I disagreed.
Let's start with the excellent points that Jamie made.
1. There's always another sale.
Too often, I think we get caught up in catching all the deals - especially when we start finding good deals. If we miss a sale this time around, there will always be another one.
2. If you're denied, don't buy.
There will come a time at the checkout where someone will question your deals or coupons. It happens to the best of us. If you know your sales and that your calculations are right, don't before afraid to walk away from the sale if the cashier doesn't / can't adjust the price. The more I coupon, the easier this is becoming. It's all about confidence, really.
3. Sometimes it is less expensive to actually buy more items.
Here's a case in point from my grocery trip this week. I could have bought 3 Motts individual applesauce packs at 3 for $5. However, I read my sales which said that when you buy 5 packages, you get an additional $5 off your sale price. I paid $3.35 and got 5 packages, rather than paying $5 and getting 3 packages. See how that works?
Now, let's talk about a couple points on which I disagreed with Jamie.
1. Don't stockpile.
Within reason, I think stockpiling is good. Now, I'm not suggesting hoarding by any means! If I can buy Kleenex for a quarter, I'm going to buy several boxes (with my coupons) even if I already have some at home. I know they won't go bad and I know I'll use them. If I have the money and space which aligns with my sale and coupons, I'm going to stockpile.
2. Don't clip your coupons in advance. Rather, file your entire insert every week and only clip what you need.
This is a matter of preference. I know some couponers love this idea. I am more of the mindset that I'd rather clip as I get them so I'm ready. Either way works as long as you are comfortable with it and use your coupons efficiently.
3. You should chose one store and shop there only.
If I have the time and the sales are right, I often shop at two stores, due to their different coupon policies. If I only shopped at Meijer, I would miss out on some great Kroger promotions. That said, for many people this is the way of life. If you are going to shop at only one store, Jamie had some valid advice on choosing the right store.
The Lazy Couponer also has great abbreviation charts, and step by step directions of how to find deals. She also had lots of pictures of coupons with explanations about where they could be used and why.
All in all, this book is perfect for those who think couponing takes too much time. Couponing takes as much time as you let it. You can spend a little time or a lot, and both can result in big savings. I would highly recommend The Lazy Couponer for the experienced and inexperienced couponer alike. It was a great reminder to me that couponing can saving me large amounts of money in small amounts of time!