2.01.2010

Book Review & Giveaway: "Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey!"

Inquiring minds want to know: do you use coupons? I'm not talking the 20% off your Gap purchase variety, I'm talking the $0.50 off "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" variety.  You know, the ones that come in the Sunday newspaper? Well, I never really have. Occasionally if I happened upon a coupon for a brand of item I use I would clip it and use it, but that is about it.  It's not that I wouldn't love to save money on my grocery bill-because believe me I would much rather be spending my money on a new dress or throw pillow, not more friggin spaghetti noodles-it's just that I never really thought those measly little coupons would add up to much savings.  

Well let me tell you my peeps, after reading "Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey" by Joanie Demer and Heather Wheeler, that thought was blown way out of the water! You can and most definitely will saves tons of cash using the information contained within this book.  They covered stuff I have never even thought of: from subscribing to multiple Sunday papers to get more coupons, to building a stockpile of groceries that will save you money in the long run, to how to organize your coupons in the most efficient way.  These gals have tons and tons of great ideas. Now, the topic may seem a bit boring to some, ("How could you possibly read a whole book about coupons?") but the authors did a great job of infusing humor and personal anecdotes that kept me interested and amused until the very last page.  I also love that the authors are two BFF stay-at-home-moms.  Look, aren't they cute:

   
I think "Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey!" has a little something for everybody, and will definitely get you looking at clipping coupons in a whole new light.  The good news is, Heather was not only so kind to send me a copy of the book to review , but she also sent an extra copy for a giveaway!  Whoo hoo! So you want in on this couponing action?  Here are the giveaway rules:

1.  Leave a comment on this post letting me know your couponing status. Novice? Old pro? I wanna know.
2. You can earn an extra entry by tweeting or blogging about the giveaway that includes a link back to this post. Just remember to come back and leave a seperate comment stating you did so.
3. I will leave the comments open through this Sunday, February 7th at 5pm PST.  After that time I will pick the winner using random.org and will announce the winner on Monday February 8th.   

Good luck!

You can also check out Joanie and Heather's blog The Krazy Coupon Lady.

25 comments:

  1. I'm with you about couponing.... is that even a word? Hmm, well, I might have to check out this book to see if I change my mind too!

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  2. I would LOVE this book! I'm not a great coupon user but I should be! I'm a huge cheapo and loooove to save money! Pick me, pick me! :-)

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  3. I LOVE couponing, but im still trying to figure out a way to make it work without getting too overwhelmed! I would say i'm a step above novice...but not a pro yet!

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  4. I'm a total novice, so I could really use this book!

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  5. Of course I coupon! It's the requirement of any frugal German Cathlic family. It used to be my job to clip and organize all of my mom's coupons, and I've kept it up now that I have my own household.

    My biggest tip (which I'm sure is covered in the book) is to hit the sites of products/brands you love. It's not all about Campbell's soup coupons. Method and Seventh Generation are two of my favorite brands, and I regularly hit their site so I have a coupon handy when their stuff goes on sale. A dollar is a dollar!

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  6. As a really broke college student, coupons are my friends! I would love, love, love this giveaway! Seriously, no one would believe how much of a nerdy coupon clipper I am :)

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  7. I'm a big fan of coupons! I get a paper every Sunday and I have a few online coupon sites bookmarked. It does take a little extra time and effort, but it really adds up in the end! I mean, a Sunday paper costs $1.50 here and I clipped over $9 in coupons, so it more than paid for itself. I'd love to see the ideas in this book-I'm sure there's a lot more I could learn. Thanks for the great review!

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  8. What a great idea for a book. I have always been pretty frugal, but never really using coupons, until recently. I usually go the company website (for food) and see if they have any coupons (they most often do), and I also cut out coupons from our local paper (I prefer to buy locally, so the local shops sometimes put them in the paper or send out flyers for their store). theaterre@gmail.com

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I am a couponer who has fallen off the wagon and would love to get back to it. Sounds like a great read! xxoo

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  10. I'm probably somewhere between novice and old pro. I don't subscribe to the Sunday paper, but I definitely should. When I go grocery shopping, I'm BIG about only buying items on sale... and I stock up when I do have a coupon!

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  11. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/bloggernextdoor/status/8510355148

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  12. I am definitely a novice....interested in becoming a pro?

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  13. I would love that book! I have clipped coupons, put them in my purse and forgot about them. I'm sure I've used one or two, but generally they sit in my purse until I clean it out and realize they have all expired.

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  14. In no way shape or form am I a coupon clipper. HOWEVER, with my soon to probably be SAHM status, I better get to clippin. And I'm a fan of any informational book that uses humor to keep me reading.

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  15. I'm a coupon dabbler. We don't get the paper but we do get the bi-weekly ads that the stores send out. We plan our grocery list partially around any fantastic deals we see, or stock up on those items to eat later. Even better if there is a coupon. I'm more likely to use coupons for non-grocery items like batteries, vitamins, paper towels, etc.

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  16. This book sounds perfect for me! As a newly single mom of three, I'm always looking for ways to save money while still living the good life (for a LOT less).

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love your blog!

    P.S. Goop drives me nuts, too. So darn pretentious!

    Jennie W.

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  17. I just stumbled on your blog and loved the pink interiors!! how timely-
    as for the coupon book give away- I'm an intermediate couponer - but have stunned my husband a few times with $30.00-some dollars off just a few items, I'm just not consistent enough- and don't keep it up like I should-
    really, really enjoy your blog.

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  18. ahh i need this book! every sunday i go through and i clip all the coupons that pertain to me but i never use them! ahh, i think i only use the cvs ones that print on the end of the recipe.

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  19. i'm a beginner...meaning, I cut them out and forget I have them.
    I have good intentions, but bad on my follow through!
    Sarah

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  20. I clip them, but totally forget to bring them with. Sometimes even if I bring them, I forget them in my pocket!!! ay ay ay

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  21. I love to use coupons, if I remember to use them! I clip them, and file them away, but then I run out to the store and forget to grab my coupon book. I'm always kicking myself for the missed opp at saving money.

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  22. I am not the coupon lady I need to be! I am getting married in May of this year and we are def going to be on a buget! Would love some knowledge and I think this wonderful book would be a great help!!

    P.S. Loove your blog! :)

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  23. I am a pro at cutting them out but rarely use them and end up cleaning them out of my wallet a month or so after the expiry date! I would love to receive a copy of the book to learn how to use them like a pro!

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