Extreme Couponing Book Review
Available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com, Extreme Couponing: Learn How to Be a Savvy Shopper and Save Money… One Coupon at a Time has attracted many aspiring and seasoned couponers alike because the book is written by one of the stars and experts of the popular TLC show Extreme Couponing.
If you’ve experienced the excitement of seeing how thinking outside the box can maximize the amount of savings a shopper can achieve when they learn techniques beyond the basics of couponing, then this book is for you.
Extreme couponing expert Joni Meyer-Crothers goes to great lengths to touch upon how she saves thousands of dollars by clipping coupons; using their value to reach their fullest potential; and how to avoid paying full retail price for any product.
As Meyer-Crothers walks readers through her numerous secrets, tricks, and tips regarding the way she successfully coupons, she reveals a blueprint of techniques on where to find valuable coupons, as well as how to effectively use the savings to obtain groceries, cleaning supplies, hygienic items, and many other household goods for a much lower price – and in many cases, for free. Extreme Couponing also teaches shoppers about the kinds of basic items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and razors, which are easily obtainable for no cost at all with the help of knowledgeable and efficient couponing methods.
In an easy-to-understand format, Extreme Couponing takes a practical approach that couponers of all levels (from a complete newbie to seasoned veteran) can gain value from. Meyer-Crothers’ book helps shape a more well-rounded, informed shopper; one who not only recognizes basic couponing lingo, but one who also builds upon their understanding of how to take advantage of the abundantly available grocery store opportunities that can save money.
The language of Extreme Couponing is a bit different than a typical ‘how-to’ guide that gives step-by-step instructions and lessons on how to save money with coupons. Instead, Meyer-Crothers weaves her words of wisdom using more of a “story-telling’ approach, and gives advice in a manner much like how you’d discuss couponing over the phone with a friend.
With explanations on how to complete money-saving transactions in detail, Meyer-Crothers shares a strategy that has led to accumulating free items and buying deeply discounted products that not only helped keep her own family afloat, but also allowed her to give back to her community. One technique, called ‘stockpiling,’ is addressed in the book, which allows shoppers (especially those with large families) to collect a great number of the same product.
Throughout the book, Meyer-Crothers constantly highlights tips on how consumers and families can live more frugally and take advantage of the budget-saving power of coupons, but also stresses the importance of ‘giving back’ through making charitable donations after successful shopping trips. The author challenges everyone to donate at least five items a week to a food bank, shelter, or another person in need.
In addition to providing a wealth of hints, tips and clear explanations on how to coupon, the book is filled with many different resources that can help strengthen a shopper’s couponing skills, which include the use of worksheets, exercises, website links, and information on price-match blogging sites that illustrate the various kinds of scenarios that yield the best savings when shopping at specific grocery stores.
Extreme Couponing also addresses some of the newest ways of saving money, paying special attention to advancements in technology that also make it easier to cut costs when shopping – such as iPhone apps and the ability to using scannable coupons saved to smartphones.
With all of the money-saving strategies and valuable couponing information, you’ll find that the book more than pays for itself in the long run. Although the average shopper is most likely unable to achieve the same level of extreme couponing success as Meyer-Crothers (due to varying levels of time commitments, state and store regulations, and personal shopping needs), Extreme Couponing is a book that definitely equips a shopper with the proper tools to reap extreme savings.