How to Shop for Free

April 9, 2012

The name of this audio book is enough to grab anyone’s interest these days. How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing was created by Kathy Spencer (with Samantha Rose) as a guide to saving money, by and for the very women who are responsible for making the majority of household purchases. This isn’t to say that this how-to handbook of tips and tricks couldn’t be useful to male shoppers, as well (one raving review was written by a former marine and a single father of two). But by and large the money-saving directives are aimed at the ladies out there who get the groceries, housewares, clothing, and pretty much every other product the average family buys these days. And as the book suggests, you can end every shopping excursion with items that are free, nearly free, or even result in cash back (Get paid to shop? Insanity!).

But how does it work? You’ve probably seen (or at least heard about) extreme couponing. Not only could you witness such a spectacular show of savings in your local grocery store (or even nearby retail outlets); there are also reality TV shows that focus on these dedicated moms that treat couponing like a full-time job, spending several hours each day clipping coupons, copying codes online, perusing circulars (for in-store deals), and finding ways to double and triple dip on savings in order to engineer free or nearly free shopping trips. Some even make money back at the store while others buy the maximum number of items and sell them to friends at a discount (earning some money in the process).

However, you may not have many hours each day to devote to the art of extreme couponing. And in truth, you don’t necessarily need to go nuts on your grocery list in order to start saving on the items you buy every day. Spencer, who also offers access to information, advice, and even amazing deals via her website (, is keen to point out that she’s just your average mom, raising four kids and looking for ways to stretch every last dollar during lean times. In short, she wants you to know that if she can do it, you can do it. She also stresses in the introduction to her audio book that she is not some crazy “coupon lady”. At some point we have all taken advantage of coupons, online codes, or at least sales and club cards to save money on products. Spencer is no different but for the fact that she has taken her efforts to the next level, and she’s more than happy to share the wealth of her experience – literally.

If you’re interested in saving money on everything you regularly buy, from food and toiletries to clothing and housewares to school supplies and cheap personal checks, this audio book can offer you the tools, tips, and tricks you need to make it happen. Of course, the audio book itself is not free, but according to some reviewers it will pay for itself within days (or even hours) and you can always find it for less on discount websites.

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