Saving Savvy, by Kelly Hancock
The subtitle of this book claims that it can teach you “Smart and easy ways to CUT YOUR SPENDING IN HALF and raise your standard of living… and giving!” While I think that maybe cutting your spending in half is a long shot (though of course, that depends on how much over-spending you do), her ideas are easy. Some of them seemed fairly common sense, but many of her ideas are things I hadn’t thought of.
I also love that she focuses a lot on how by saving, we can bless others more. This isn’t a “save all my money and keep it to myself so I can live rich” book. For instance, she advises her readers to call the local Food Bank or Food Pantry (or whatever food charity you have locally) and ask what their current needs are. Then keep your eyes out for sales on those items. So simple, and I’m ashamed to say that while we have donated to the food bank now and again, we never thought to call and ask what their needs are!
One downside I found to the book, as a Canadian, is that a HUGE portion of her book is dedicated to couponing. Coupons are so different in Canada that a lot of her information, while interesting and no doubt valuable, just doesn’t really apply to Canadian residents. For instance, she talks about how you can stack a manufacturer’s and store’s coupon onto a sale…can’t do that in Canada. Sometimes you can stack 1 coupon onto a sale, but usually the coupon says it’s not valid with any other discount.
Nevertheless, Ms. Hancock’s book does have plenty of useful ideas and information. She also has a website, Faithful Provisions, that you can check out to find sales and coupons (for U.S. residents)
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