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How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing
     

How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing

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by Kathy Spencer, Samantha Rose (With)
 

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Kathy Spencer can whittle a 267.22 grocery bill down to one penny. How to Shop for Free is Spencer's smart, sassy, step-by-step savings guide that teaches you how to do just that—and more. You'll learn how to find the best savings and combine them with store promotions, rewards programs, and store credit to get almost anything for free—from

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Kathy Spencer can whittle a 267.22 grocery bill down to one penny. How to Shop for Free is Spencer's smart, sassy, step-by-step savings guide that teaches you how to do just that—and more. You'll learn how to find the best savings and combine them with store promotions, rewards programs, and store credit to get almost anything for free—from organic produce to makeup, prescription drugs to clothing. With an eye toward cutting your monthly spending on the basics, Spencer guides you through many popular stores—including CVS, Kohl's, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens—and explains how to maximize your savings. Follow Spencer's plan and, by the end of the book, you'll be shopping for free.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
San Francisco Book Review, December 2010
“[Spencer’s] techniques make sense.”

Bookviews.com, 11/28/10
“[Spencer] lets the reader in on the little-known tricks of the retail world…This book is a treasure of information about store club programs, the ins and outs of eBay, how to avoid consumer scams, and the truths about rebates. This is a shopper’s dream come true.”

MomsWord.org, 11/27/10
“This is a book that everyone needs to own.”
 

Tampa Tribune, 12/5/10
“All [Spencer’s] methods are on the up-and-up…A good guide for those new to combining couponing with sales and other incentives.”

Blogcritics.org, 12/3/10

“A great basic introduction to shopping with coupons and bargain shopping in general. It really takes the process step by step…How to Shop for Free will certainly help you reduce your expenses.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 12/1/10
“Spencer gives us the lowdown on shopping more, paying less. No kidding, this is a serious—nay, scholarly—approach to value shopping; and friends, I am so there.”
 
InfoDad.com, 12/9/10

“There is plenty of solid information here and a certain amount of silliness, which is actually a positive thing, as if the authors take their money-saving strategies seriously but not too seriously…[The] highly specific information on loyalty programs, coupon Web sites, manufacturers’ sites and discount plans, prescription-drug savings and more, will be very useful to people who are trying to make their money go further.”
 
BargainBabe.com, 12/8/10
“Kathy shows you how to get the most deals with the least out of pocket expenses and explains how to combine the various reward cards with sales, rebates, and coupons for the best savings.”
 

Boston Herald, 12/10/10
“You’ll save big bucks if you follow the advice in How to Shop for Free.”
 

MommyWantsFreebies.com, 12/19/10
“[An] amazing book.”
 
MomsOwnWords.com, 12/15/10
“Kathy explains everything on how to get started by setting your savings goals, getting organized,  and how to match sales with savings...How to Shop for Free is so well organized and thoughtfully written for the newbie…and yet, even the most expert shopper will enjoy this comprehensive how to book.”
 

“These economic times make it necessary to save wherever you can. This book…can save you considerable dollars!...Highly recommended.”

Deseret
News, 1/27/11
“A quick and conversational guide book that is chock full of insight and advice…The step-by-step textbook for shopaholics…There are a ton of good tips and tricks…The book is a great value—especially in helping readers to realize the absurdity of mindlessly spending money and full retail price for consumer goods.”
 
Booklist Online, 1/26/11“Boston shopping maven Spencer sure knows her stuff…With the help of writer Samantha Rose, the author takes us through a whirlwind of savings strategies and ideas, always executed on the up and up…Spencer and Rose demystify the marketing lingo—like blinkies, tearpads, CATS—and demonstrate very practical methods to score deals.”


Technorati.com, 2/12/11

“Reading about some of Spencer’s amazing deals is a delight in itself, learning how to get them is the reward for that reading…Who would imagine that reading about buying toilet paper and aspirin could be so much fun? Read How to Shop for Free for entertainment or education; either way, you’ll come out a winner.”


VIVmag.com, 2/18/11
“[Spencer’s] infectious enthusiasm and promise of money that can be saved is appealing even to the skeptics among us.”
 

Book and Chocolate Blog, 2/16/11
“I gleaned some good information from this book…I found my motivation in the final chapter as Spencer wrote about paying it forward by using the coupon system to obtain free or nearly free items to donate.”
 

Boston Globe, 2/27/11
“In the world of ‘extreme couponing,’ Spencer…has quickly risen to guru status.”
 

MoneyCrashers.com, 4/14/11
“[A] valuable book. Whether you’re just starting out with coupons, or you are a seasoned veteran…you will find some useful information that can convert to more cash savings in your pocket. For that reason, this book pays for itself…Educational, easy to follow, and easy to implement.”

Yahoo! Shine, 6/6/11
“Spencer teaches readers how to get everything…for nothing! Whether she’s showing you how to take advantage of coupons, in-store sales and rewards clubs, or breaking down the marketing lingo, like blinkies, tearpads and CATS, Spencer’s advice is easy-to-understand, actionable and fun!”

RunningWithHeels.com, 12/28/10
“A helpful guide geared towards smart women who love to get something for nothing…Ground-breaking concepts.”

The Argus Observer
, 1/6/11
“Tired of pinching pennies til Abe screams? You might not need pennies at all if you’ve got this book. With an infectious enthusiasm, personal anecdotes, and weigh-ins from fans who’ve saved…How to Shop for Free is an incredible book to have if your pockets are empty…How can you be without a book like this in times like these? You can’t.”
 
Organic Family on a Budget (blog), 1/8/11
“Kathy has some excellent shopping tips…This book is incredible. Truly. After you read it, you'll never pay full price again. For anything…This is one book that’s not going to be collecting dust on my bookshelf.”
 

Midwest Book Review, January 2011
“A penny saved is a penny earned, and Kathy Spencer knows how to save a lot of pennies…Her wisdom can help readers enjoy their hobby of shopping with a more agreeable price tag of nothing…A powerful and useful resource, enthusiastically recommended.”
 
Kingman Daily Miner, 1/14/11

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738214566
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
540,830
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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"This book is a treasure of information." —-Bookviews.com

Meet the Author

Kathy Spencer's shopping skills have been featured in the Boston Globe, among other publications. She lives with her family outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

Samantha Rose is an Emmy award–winning television writer and the executive producer/owner of YellowSkyMedia. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

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How to Shop for Free 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Annette Savio More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with great secrets for using all the available cost cutting systems just waiting for us to tap into them. You must must read this book! You will absolutely save money on your next grocery bill. You will become addicted in no time at all. THis very well might become your next hobby!
nmsuteddy More than 1 year ago
The book was great I read it in one night, It was very informative and IF you are a savy smart shopper you will check this out, It will save you thousands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found a lot of information that I may have heard elsewhere, but Kathy Spencer really goes into detail to make the explanations as clear as possible. Her informative and concise approach makes this a system everyone really can use if they take the time to implement it. The only downside is that I live in an area where I actually have to research my own stores!
wa_studio_mom More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book. An easy read that is already changing my family's life. Kathy changes the way you think about shopping, she is such an inspiration. I cannot wait to implement her strategies and figure out what will benefit my family the most. Thank you Kathy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very helpful book for anyone wanting to save money. She gave really good examples on how to save in all kinds of different stores. Since reading this book I have saved my family more money and have gotten some items extremely cheap/free.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I use this book as a guide for free and almost free shopping.it gives insight for bargain shopping. I think everyone should read this book. Its a good reference book. reading it more thea once gives more insight to saving. I'm glad I purchased it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book, lots of great, money saving ideas!!
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It saves a lot of money
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I enjoyed reading this book and learned some new tips on shopping and saving money.
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