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The Penny Pinchers Club: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, July 6, 2010
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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.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe that no one has mentioned that the narrator has a southern accent. The story takes place in New Jersey, why would a woman with a southern accent be a good choice as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sglover
I'm still trying to decide how I feel about this book. It was an emotionally exhausting book, that I know for sure! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mom of Many
(Warning: Spoilers) I'm quickly becoming a big Sarah Strohmeyer fan. While her books are somewhat predictable, they're still witty enough and well written enough to keep the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by White Lock
I expected this book to have tips for those wanting to save money but sadly, it didn't. I gave it 3 stars because I was hoping it would have more depth about debt control.Published 11 months ago by SCMOM
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 onePublished 14 months ago by Joan M. Poole
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 18 months ago by kim wimble
good read I really enjoyed the book, love the authors other books as wellPublished 23 months ago by Patricia Ranguette
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 on February 25, 2014 by I like it... easy peasy