Sunday, May 05, 2013

Couponing for the Rest of Us by Kasey Knight Trenum

Founder of Time 2 $ave Shows Busy Woman How to Save Big

Without Spending Hours a Week Clipping Coupons


Couponing expert Kasey Knight Trenum will be the first to tell you that she does not like coupons. But she does love saving money. Faced with mounting bills after her husband was downsized five years ago, Trenum turned to coupons to plug the hole in their savings account. She spent hours researching how to use coupons effectively and easily reduced her family’s weekly grocery bill by 75 percent. “I’ve learned how to balance savings with having a life and without it becoming an obsession,” says Trenum. “I’ve never woken up singing the praises of a coupon; I’ve just sung the joys of saving a ton of money.”  

Trenum shares the ins and outs of couponing and all the secrets she’s put to good use over the years in Couponing For the Rest of Us: The Not-So-Extreme Guide to Saving More. With her help, readers will discover ways to save hundreds of dollars every month and ultimately improve their family’s finances without letting it take over their lives. Couponing for the Rest of Us shows readers:

·         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!

Paperback; 192 pages
$12.99; May 2013
How to turn money saved into money shared

·         Make couponing fit your life not become your life


“If you’re worried that you aren’t a coupon kind of girl, don’t,” writes Trenum. “You don’t have to be in love with coupons. You don’t have to compute math in your head. And you don’t have to set aside hours each week just to work on your coupons. I can’t stress enough – balance is the key to making couponing work for you. You have to figure out how to make it fit into your world; it cannot become your world.”

After shoppers started following Trenum out to her car to find out how she was getting such good deals, she realized she had a lifestyle solution she could share. She began teaching couponing workshops. In 2009, she co-founded Time 2 $ave, a frugal and couponing blog, to help others discover how to make couponing work for them. The silver lining to her savings from coupons became an empowering focus on giving to others.  She has helped thousands improve their lives and become purposeful givers.  

Kasey Knight Trenum is the cofounder of Time 2 $ave (, 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.

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Q&A with Kasey Knight Trenum

Author of Couponing For the Rest of Us

Q. I’m already busy, and couponing looks like a part time job. Do I really have time?

A. I hear your pain. If anyone thought she didn’t have time to coupon, it was me. I didn’t even consider it as a remote possibility. Time or no time, I couldn’t afford not to use couponing as an avenue to save. Soon I began to see how the benefits outweighed my investment. It was worth it to have several hundred dollars a month back in our budget, especially when our other household expenses weren’t going down. Will couponing take some of your time? Yes, but not much. I’ll show you the ropes so you can save both time and money.


Q. I have a small family. I don’t see how using coupons could help us much since our grocery bill isn’t that high.

A. The size of your family doesn’t matter. Whatever your grocery bill is, there is usually room to save. Even if you only spend $50 a week, wouldn’t you like to cut that down to $20 or $30? Aside from the numbers, when you shop ahead of time to buy what you use, it takes the stress of having to go to the grocery store out of your life.


Q. This seems like a lot of work, and I’m not an organized person. I don’t think I can keep up with all this!

A. Oh my! If you look up “unorganized” in the dictionary, you’ll find my picture. I really (really!) want to be organized, and I have tried to help myself in this area more ways than I can count. But you know what? I was not created that way. You can imagine my struggle with organizing my coupons. I had to find a way that worked for me (and didn’t consume my life), and that I could stick with for the long haul. Remember, couponing isn’t all-or-nothing. It’s what fits into whatever season of life you are in right now. What works for one person might not work for another; we are all unique. Be patient as you figure out what makes sense and works best for you.


Q. I’ve seen where couponing revolves around stockpiling and having massive amounts of food in your house. I don’t think I can (or want) to go there.

A. Fabulous! That makes two of us. My goal is to teach you how to save your family money and open up doors to give. It’s all about simplicity here; couponing isn’t an all-or-nothing deal. Couponing success isn’t measured by the size of your stockpile. I’d much rather be known for giving.


Q. I’ve always thought people who use coupons end up purchasing things they don’t need just because they have a coupon for it.

A. Guilty! I did it. Most people do, especially in the beginning. However, you’ll soon figure out the items that your family uses and what items make good donations. Beyond that, I’ll save you some time here. If you can’t donate it, even if it’s free or cheap, it’s not worth it. In some states you will still have to pay tax on the full purchase price before coupons. My mission has been to simplify; if my family doesn’t use it and I can’t donate it, then it’s just going to take up space in my home. You can always share your coupons with friends, schools, military programs and so forth.


Q. I’ve never been good at math—Can I do this?

A. Don’t worry, I was never good at math and you don’t have to be either. Besides, who said you can’t use a calculator? Throw one in your purse or use your smartphone


Q. How many grocery stores do you shop each week?

A. Lately I am happy to make it to one. I have been asked this question more times than I can count. It is not necessary to shop more than one store, or even to shop every single week for that matter. Whether you save 5 percent or 70 percent, you are still saving. Couponing has to fit into your life, not become your life.

“Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Here is my review of this terrific resource:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Kasey Knight Trenum and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Couponing for the Rest of Us" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
Kasey Knight Trenum’s “Couponing for the Rest of Us” is a fun and fascinating read.  This book has truly changed my home life and my family.  Recently, my youngest daughter has gotten hooked on the extreme couponing shows and wanted to start couponing.  I explained to her that I had been a couponer in the past, and that the things you find coupons for aren’t the sorts of things we use except for toiletries and paper products.  So, when I saw the claim of this book to show you where to get coupons for items you use, I had to check it out for myself.  I also thought this might be a way to help my daughter get into couponing and exposing her to resources.
What I didn’t expect was the effect it had on my husband.  I barely had time to skim the book before he snapped it up and started putting its advice to work for us.  Now he is visiting websites and getting coupons and even doing a good amount of our shopping when he gets off work.  We are stocking up on staples and saving money.  We are even picking up free items that we don’t use with the intention of donating the items.
The only “issue we’ve come across with this book is that the author’s website resources aren’t exactly what we expected.  Still, this book is a terrific help for finding offers and discounts.
This book has been such a blessing!  Not only is it saving my family money.  It’s given my husband a productive task that he enjoys and can do in the middle of the night when he gets home from work.  Thank you for this much needed reference for my library.


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