Earlier today, a Facebook fan asked me the following question, “I am making a “couponing” gift basket for a friend that wants to start. Could you recommend a book for me to add in there?”. First of all, isn’t she a good friend! I would’ve loved to have gotten a couponing basket when I first started :)
I have read several books on couponing in the last few years and wanted to give you my honest opinion and recommendations on them. I’ve listed the following books in order of my personal preference:
1. Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey – By Joanie Demer & Heather Wheeler
This is probably my favorite couponing book! Joanie is also an Extreme Couponing alum and a great person, so maybe I’m a little biased, but this book is really a must-have for new couponers. The chapters are easy to read and the information is priceless!
2. The Complete Tightwad Gazette – by Amy Dacyczyn
Now this book is not about couponing per se, but it is about being frugal…and if you are interested in learning hundreds of new ways to save money in your everyday life, this book is the bible! This was the first ever ‘frugal living’ book that I bought and it was wayyy before I started couponing. I still use her cheap lemonade recipe to this day!
3. How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing – by Kathy Spencer
I liked this book mainly because she speaks my language…lots of Woohoos & [email protected] references in the copy :) What I like about this book is that she goes outside of couponing and talks about other ways to earn rewards or extra money, which you don’t see too often in couponing books. I also like that this book gives you a monthly guide of sales cycles.
4. Does This Make My Assets Look Fat?: A Woman’s Guide to Finding Financial Empowerment and Success By Susan L. Hirshman – by Susan L. Hirschman
Now once again, this book isn’t about couponing, but it is about female financial empowerment and I bought this book right after my divorce and found it to be a wake up call about how I had to modify my finances. There is a bit of financial jargon in the book which I found hard to follow at times, but the overall message is YOU GO GIRL!…and at the time it’s what I needed to hear :)
5. The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half – by Stephanie Nelson
If you are familiar with the CouponMom.com website, this is a great extension of that. Stephanie lays out the basics of couponing and deal scenarios, as well as which stores to get the best deals at. I found this book to be the most suited for newbie couponers.