I have done everything from buying lots and lots of papers to have multiple coupons to not buying any papers and not couponing hardly at all. I am trying to find ways to save more money on our grocery bill, which just always seems to be rising.
Kasey Knight Trenum is the cofounder of Time 2 $ave (www.time2saveworkshops.com), a frugal and couponing blog and conducts Time 2 $ave workshops frequently. Her weekly column can be read in Scripps newspapers nationwide, her work has been featured in Parade and All You and she has been interviewed on NPR's All Things Considered and HLN’s Making it in America. She has a personal passion for seeing women, men and families find financial freedom, be empowered to improve their lives and become purposeful givers. She and her husband and children live in Tennessee.
Ms. Trenum wrote this book in a way that people who have never used coupons before can understand them. She helps people by showing them the following:
- Where to find coupons for what your family eats
- How to make the internet do the work for you
- How to find sale cycles and store match-ups (and what those terms mean!)
- How to reinvent your shopping strategy and toss your lists
- How to make grocery shopping less stressful - even fun!
- How to turn money saved into money shared
- Make couponing fit your life not become your life
That is where I fell into the trap and got burned out. I really felt like I needed to be saving 70% or more on our shopping and if I wasn't then what was the point. But, really, every little bit of savings every week will add up if you just do it when you have time. And if I have a busy, crazy week and cannot get through my coupons, then I need to just shake it off and start again the next week.
Ms. Trenum provides action steps at the end of each chapter to help people get started with their couponing journey. At the end of the book there are forms and tips to help your further with getting started.
Here is a transcript of a question and answer session with Ms. Trenum: