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January 5, 2011

How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing: by Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose

c.2010, DaCapo Lifelong $14.95 / $18.95 Canada 237 pages, includes index

Every year, you say you’re going to do it, but you never do.

Oh, sure, you have good intentions. You’ve made resolutions to that effect, you’ve made promises to yourself, vowed a follow-through, and failed. But this year, it’s gonna happen: you’re going to save some money.

But how? You’ve got to eat. Can’t go naked. You have to get to work somehow. How does anybody save anything in this economy?

Believe it or not, some people save by getting their clothes, food, even gasoline for free. You can, too, if you’ve got the time and “How to Shop For Free”, the new book by Kathy Spencer with Samantha Rose.

As a mother of four, Kathy Spencer knew her husband’s income wasn’t going to stretch far. While doing some research one night, she discovered a secret: by using coupons and other discounts, she could get groceries and incidentals for nothing. Sometimes, she could actually make money on the deal. She became “obsessed”.

There’s a little prep work to shopping for free, Spencer says. You need to know what kinds of coupons are available (and there are quite a few of them). You’ll need to know where to get them (your newspaper isn’t the only place!). And you’ll need to learn the lingo of couponing.

Once you’ve done your homework, Spencer says, make a plan. Don’t get discouraged if you feel like it’s going slowly; getting something for nothing takes time. The good news is that it won’t take long to get hooked: saving money is addictive.

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