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The new year is here and I’m hearing financial resolutions from all over the place. Some are about paying off debt. Some are about saving up for vacations. Others are about buckling down and getting a budget ready in preparation for the unexpected.
My new years goals this year don’t involve saving money, although that doesn’t mean I won’t be doing it.
Our family was hit by the government shutdown. Income was cut by 70% for the entire month of October, then we didn’t receive a paycheck until the very end of November once my husband’s contract pay was rebooted in the system. Talk about a stressful couple of months! Thankfully we had a small stockpile of food for emergencies and we had some money in savings. Things could have ended up worse had we not been prepared just that little bit.
All is well in our household now. Our finances are back in order. We’re settling back into old routines, but it is possible it could happen again or worse, so I better get prepared.
The Extraordinary Art of Couponing
I was ecstatic when Nicole McDonald asked me to review her new book, The Extraordinary Art of Couponing. Nicole is a couponing educator who teaches people how to save money through couponing, meal planning and being frugal. I’ve been wanting to attend one of her local classes here in the Omaha area, and this book just proves the quality I would receive there. This information is perfect to help me save up some essentials and start putting more money where I need to have it to make sure we are financially stable in case of an emergency.
The Extraordinary Art of Couponing covers everything you need to know to save money on groceries and more. Nicole addressed a lot of myths I had about couponing. I learned things about saving money I didn’t even know existed. Now I know it’s not as hard or time consuming as I once thought it was to use coupons in my everyday shopping.
Here’s what The Extraordinary Art of Couponing covers in detail:
- What are the time requirements for couponing.
- What are the returns you should see if you are couponing.
- How to organize your coupons and time spent couponing.
- How to build a stockpile of the basics.
- Meal planning.
- Food preservation.
- How to build your shopping list with coupons.
- Price matching.
- Stacking coupons.
- How to shop at drugstores for free.
- Where to find coupons.
- Advanced couponing, or extreme couponing.
- Common couponing lingo.
- How to start out so it’s not overwhelming.
- And how to be frugal in areas other than the grocery store.
This book covers it all in an easy to read format making it a simple read through. It’s well organized making it perfect to return to time and time again as you learn new money saving strategies.
My Favorite Parts
My two favorite parts of the book were how to organize coupons and the explanation of drugstore savings. One of the reasons I hated couponing before was because of how I was organizing them. I was using an accordion file similar to what my mom used. I just stopped taking it because it didn’t work for me. After reading Nicole’s book, I realized the binder method may be more my style. Though I’m not a heavy couponer so I’ll just have to experiment.
Drugstore savings isn’t for me, yet, but it’s impressive to see what can be done with it. Saving money or getting things for free using coupons and drugstore rewards is extremely detailed due to the rules and strategies. Nicole outlines it to make it easier to understand. While I’m not quite up for the challenge yet, I can see this being an area of savings I build up to as I start to hone my couponing skills.
Tell me in the comments your biggest question or obstacle with couponing. What you hope to learn from The Extraordinary Art of Couponing?