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Ellie Kay's signature humor coupled with her practical money-saving plans equal an outstanding book for families wanting to cut costs and also share with those in need. Known to many as the "savings queen," she packs easy-to-follow advice into every page, covering the most economical ways to grocery shop, how to organize those coupons, and tips for saving money on transportation, furniture, clothing, and much more. This edition is rewritten to include updated and new material to reflect current economic ...

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Ellie Kay's signature humor coupled with her practical money-saving plans equal an outstanding book for families wanting to cut costs and also share with those in need. Known to many as the "savings queen," she packs easy-to-follow advice into every page, covering the most economical ways to grocery shop, how to organize those coupons, and tips for saving money on transportation, furniture, clothing, and much more. This edition is rewritten to include updated and new material to reflect current economic realities.

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Ellie Kay

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When you're shopping to save--shop with an eye to share.

After having five babies in seven years and eight military moves in ten years--I learned to look at life in a funny way or end up on a funny farm. This is the approach I use to present my method of saving on everything from canned corn to classic cars.

Section one presents a streamlined method of grocery shopping that will save you 30% to 85% a month on your grocery bill--and have an abundance left over to share with the local food pantry. Section two is a reference manuel to save on just about everything you might want to buy. The final section gives tips on setting up a family budget, simplifying your life and even sharing with organizations who love your donations.

One last comment I'd like to add. This book is not a dull,dry commentary. Each chapter opens with an anectdote of life with a house full of children. You may even find yourself chuckling your way to savings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764220838
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellie Kay is a regular guest on CNBC's Power Lunch, a national magazine columnist, an international speaker, and a national radio commentator for Money Matters. She is the author of six books, including Shop, Save and Share and Heroes at Home. Ellie is married to a corporate test pilot and mother to a large family, including five children still at home. The Kay family lives in California.

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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 13
Section 1 Shop
Chapter 1 Rent-a-Yenta
Tips to Resisting Impulse Buying 17
Chapter 2 Lights, Camera, Action! The Price Is Right!
Tips to Determining Value 24
Chapter 3 Where Do You Find Those Critters?
Tips to Locating Coupons 34
Chapter 4 "Real" Men Fly Jets, But can They Organize Coupons?
Tips to Defining Coupons 42
Chapter 5 How to Stuff Five Children Into Two Bedrooms--And More Family Fun
Tips to Having Family Fun 56
Chapter 6 Never Give a Toddler Gum, and Other Sticky Lessons
Tips to Avoiding Coupon Disorganization and Finding Timely Coupons 65
Chapter 7 BEWARE: The Grocery Nomad
Tips to Organizing a List 75
Chapter 8 A Bad-Hair Day and Other Offenses
Tips to Organizing Your Coupon Envelope 82
Chapter 9 Mega Adventures Unlimited, Inc.
Tips to Simple and Profitable Refunding 90
Section 2 Save
Chapter 10 A Penny Saved Is a Dollar Earned
Tips to Saving Pennies and Saving on Housing 97
Chapter 11 My Daddy Took My T-Bird Away
Tips to Saving on Transportation 108
Chapter 12 Money Waters
Tips to Cutting the Insurance Fat 115
Chapter 13 You Shop Neiman's? I Shop Garage Sales!
Tips to Garage-Saling Success 125
Chapter 14 Dressing in Style--For a Song
Tips to Dressing for Less 137
Chapter 15 Modern-Day Servants
Tips to Saving on Furniture and Appliances 145
Chapter 16 Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Tips to Saving on Entertainment and Travel 152
Chapter 17 Moneybags
Tips on Savings, Debt, Credit, and Banking 158
Chapter 18 "9-1-1? I need an EMT--ASAP!"
Tips to Saving on Energy, Medical, and Telephone Expenses 168
Section 3 Share
Chapter 19 In Texas, We Don't Throw Grits in a Wok
Tips to Sharing on a Budget 175
Chapter 20 Every Mom Is a Working Mom
Tips for Working Moms 186
Chapter 21 Simply Speaking, Let's Get a Grip!
Tips to Simplifying Your Life 195
Chapter 22 Don't Say the "B" Word or I'll Scream
Tips to Creating a Workable Household Budget 202
Chapter 23 Wonder Woman Wannabe
Tips to Cutting Yourself Some Slack 211
Chapter 24 Creative Giving
Tips to Finding Organizations That Love Your Donations 219
Chapter 25 Potty Water Principles
Twenty Phantoms 226
Appendix A 233
Appendix B 235
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    Saving money never looked like so much fun!

    'I've never read a book on saving money that I've enjoyed so much! Ellie Kay's humorous, down-to-earth style of writing matches the practical suggestions she gives for cutting household costs. Brimming with ideas, this book would make a great gift for anyone wanting to shave dollars off their grocery bill!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    A Good Book that Gets Better

    Ellie Kay has done it! She's taken one of her books (and a GREAT one at that!) and made it even better than it already was! But seriously, folks, if you're looking for an AWESOME book that will help you get out of debt AND be a blessing to other people at the SAME TIME, THIS IS THE BOOK! (and I should know--the first edition of 'Shop Save and Share' helped me eliminate $30,000 of DEBT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    How a Mother of Six Has Been Helped

    In March of 2001 I 'just happened' to be listening to a radio station to which I normally do not tune and heard Ellie Kay being interviewed about how she saves money on groceries. My ears perked up, because up to that time, I had been struggling to stay within my food budget. I am a mother of six children (ages ranging from 2-20). After hearing Ellie on the radio, I purchased Shop, Save, and Share. This book has been very instrumental in helping me save money on my grocery bill. Since I have been using Ellie's suggested methods of saving, I have also had enough to occasionally share with two single moms, as well as sending a variety of items to a children's home. I am very thankful for being led to hear about Ellie Kay's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2002

    I'd heard of coupon queens but never imagined that I too could save so much money.

    Before reading Ellie Kay's book 'Shop, Save and Share,' I thought I did great if I saved $10 a week in the grocery store and I have been shopping for groceries for over 30 years (wish I had this information available years ago). I received her book for Christmas, read it and saved $61.07 the first week and $52.31 the second week. I had so many groceries that I have to share because I don't have room for them all! I gave one bag away last night and have another packed bag at the door ready to go to a family out of work. WOW! Even my husband has thanked me for doing this and saving money on our grocery budget. Not only will you save a lot of money if you follow Ellie's proven stategies, but you will have a great time reading her book and laughing at her stories. Thanks Ellie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    KUDOS & MANY MANY BLESSINGS!!!!

    Moberly, MO, USA KUDOS & MANY MANY BLESSINGS, ELLIE!!!! I have been wondering if I could find a way to THANK YOU for your blessing of books and WISDOM!! I finished your latest book 1 month ago....you mentioned trying to start out with at $50 savings and go on from there....well, I saved $150 the first time out and plan on saving well over $250 this week!!!! What a great blessing and thank you for sharing what the Lord has blessed you with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray for your continued success and THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2001

    After the Bible, one of the most useful books ever!

    This book changed my life and is one of the best books I've ever read! It forced me to look at all aspects of my life and realize how society and the media try to dictate materialism in our lives. We need to get back to basics! All of this is stated in a matter-of-fact, humerous way that makes for easy reading, I could not put it down! It's much, much more than a book about saving money on groceries. It takes a brief look at all areas of life where our money is spent... how much is enough? When I cleaned out my jewelry box--neigh, my jewelry armoire... my mother thought for sure I had went nuts. I let her have first pick, the rest went to Goodwill (share!). Regarding the 'share' concept-- I read this book last year, and around Christmas I felt moved--I believe the Lord was speaking to me-- that I needed to give away my car (a 1990 Pontiac Grand Am, 105000 miles, perfect working condition). Before December I had been determined to drive my car until it died. Giving it away just sounded crazy, especially to my husband and my mother. But I prayed and continued to feel strongly in this direction. Then a name appeared in my head, the name of a foreign exchange student who's in the US at a Christian college, studying to be a Director of Christian Education. I emailed her, and it had been in her heart, also, that she needed a car to get around the spread-out campus, but she didn't have any money to get one! In working through the church I was able to not only accomplish this but got a nice tax deduction, so the 'sharing' came back to me. Then in May of this year, I received a wonderful unexpected financial windfall where I was able to pay off most of my bills. Ellie's point is to share with others. Always share, there's always time & enough to share. Just privately knowing that you are helping someone is reward enough, I didn't expect the blessings that subsequently followed. I just ordered Ellie Kay's latest book & can't wait to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Sharing the Blessings

    This is THE book if you want to learn how to save money shopping AND be a blessing to others at the same time. It is also GREAT for those who are in debt--it will teach them how to start having control of their finances in a VERY entertaining way. A CAN'T MISS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2001

    Ellie Kay is a fabulous!

    With four children 10 and under, I am always trying to find ways to save money. I have just recently bought both of Ellie Kay's books and enjoy both of them tremendously! I can't wait to share what I've learned with my family and friends. I am going to recommend to everyone I know to go out and get these books. These suggestions will help out so much, especially with only one income( my husband is a SGT in the US Army) and seven people in our house. Ellie, thank you so much for sharing with others what you know about saving money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    A Great Way to Save Money and Bless Others

    This book is one of the most helpful books I have read for anyone who does the grocery shopping for their family. The information that Ellie Kay gives is so simple, yet you can truly trim your grocery bill. That's not the best part though. You can actually save money on your food bill while acquiring enough food to bless others that are in need! Ellie's stories are so funny too! Once you start reading this book, you can't put it down! Once you are finished, you can wait to share it with others!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2000

    A Kindred Spirit

    Ellie Kay is a kind person who gives warm, witty advice on saving money on groceries and other areas. Her words on sharing are very inspirational! I can't wait to get started saving and sharing with others!! She is also a great storyteller! This book is definitely one you will want to own for yourself!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Shop, Save, and Share

    We are a family who has always had hard times financially. My husband barely makes enough to keep us fed and some weeks we panicked because we didn't have enough money for food. Then I heard this seminar and read the book called 'Shop, Save and Share.' Within the first two months, I cut my food bill in half and have a ton of extra food! Now I can afford health insurance for the first time in many years. I have a medical condition that we couldn't afford to get medication and tests to treat. We didn't feel that morally we could go on government assistance. But now, we have health insurance and can pay our own way thanks to Ellie Kay. She is really a God send. Last week, we had no money for food (again) but we didn't panic. because of this book, I had extra groceries in my stock. God used this book to improve our lives, get me the medical help I need and maybe even save my life. Thank you, Ellie Kaye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2000

    Shop, Save, and Share

    I heard Ellie speak in person and she was so incredible that I thought, 'How could she possibly write the way she talks?' Her energy level is so high, her humor is belly-laugh funny and her serious stories made me cry. Well---the truth is that Ellie Kay DOES write the way she speaks. Her book told me how to save so much (we've cut our grocery bills by 40%) and I laughed and cried my way through this book. Thanks for the book, Ellie Kay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    I have heard for years that couponing could save a lot of $$$, but until I read your book I had no idea how to do it!

    Shop, Save & Share was so fun to read (even my never-reads-a book husband enjoyed the stories I shared with him). It has helped our family tremendously. This book makes couponing easy and fun, as well as giving great tips on saving and sharing just about anything!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    Wonderful help in saving money!

    I just loved Ellie's book. This book will pay for itself in the savings you'll receive by using her tips. Her honesty in sharing some of her family 'moments' with us makes you feel like you were right there during that situation. These are great tips to help us shop, save and share. As I read the book, I felt like she was right there telling me the tips. I can't wait for her next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    What a way to save.

    There are few that I have as much respect for and confidence in than Ellie Kay. She is a great Christian Mentor. Her principals that she gives in Shop, Save, and Share are for everyone. I can recommend this book with out hesitation. A 'must read'. Can't wait for another book Ellie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    A Humorous, Feel Good, Uplifting and Inspirational Book. A Must Read For Anyone With A Frugal Mind!

    Ellie's book belongs in every American household. Her concept of not only saving on your bills, but also finding room in your budget to share with others less fortunate is something we should all practice and also teach our children. By using the concepts in the book, I saved over $100.00 in the first two weeks. Our family of 8 is now on a grocery budget of 250.00 a month and I am getting a large box of groceries ready so that we have something to share. I used Ellie's tips and not one member of my family complained, actually it seems as though we have even more groceries than ever before. Ellie's family stories at the beginning of each chapter add such a personal touch to the book that you will feel as if she has been a friend of yours forever. This book has truly changed my life in the best way possible. It has really taught me the meaning of sharing what we often take for granted. Coming from the mother of six, I recommend this as a 'Must Read' for the frugal-hearted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2000

    Witty, Practical, Timely

    Shop, Save, and Share is literally a wealth of money saving information. Ellie's effortless humor flows so beautifully. You feel as if you are a guest in her home and she is sharing her knowledge with you as a friend! A great gift for your friends. Treat yourself.You too can be a Queen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2000

    Entertaining, yet practical

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ellie Kay's book! Having had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago, I can definitely say that she writes the way she lives. Her book is full of gentle humor and wit, yet gives such practical advice.....I wonder why I didn't think of it myself. I think every reader will learn something from this book...and it makes a great gift.

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