Book Review - Shop, Save and Share by Ellie Kay
I just discovered an author that has written numerous books about finances and saving money. Shop, Save, and Share by Ellie Kay is the one I have read most recently. This book was originally written in 1998 and updated in 2004. This mother of five has a lot of experience in feeding a large crowd and saving money while doing it. This is a great book to read right now in the midst of rising grocery prices.
The main focus in Shop, Save, and Share is how to save money while shopping for food and household items. The main focus of the "Shop" section of the book is coupon use. I have been couponing for a long time and there were some ideas in this book that I had not heard or thought of before. For instance, she believes that you should file your coupons in alphabetical order. I had never thought to file them this way before and the thought of doing so at the moment is daunting, however I can see that it would really save time when searching for coupons, so I might try it.
One of the biggest things she talks about is getting and staying organized. I have to admit that if I were more organized I would probably save more money, but organization is an area I have always struggled in. More than just organizing coupons though, she also covers finding coupons and using coupons correctly. As more and more people use coupons, I see more and more people making mistakes. There is fine print on every coupon and you have to read it all to make sure you use it correctly. Sometimes I think the companies are trying to make it difficult on us.
The next section is about the "Save" in Shop, Save, and Share. In this section Kay covers how to save money on everything else. Housing, transportation, insurance, clothing, furniture, travel, banking, and utilities are all covered. There is a lot to learn here in the save section
The third section in the book is on "Share". Ellie Kay is huge on sharing your bounty with others in need. From a neighbor who just moved in to homeless people you see while driving. She gives away numerous bags of groceries each month and has even given away a few cars to needy people. She firmly believes that we should all share what we have. You might not have money, but you might have time or vice versa. At the very least you can go through your closets and share the outgrown clothing you have. She gives plenty of examples of ways you can share and after reading this book and incorporating her ideas I bet you will be able to share more food than ever before.
Shop, Save, and Share is definitely a worthwhile read if you are trying to save money. She has some unique approaches to things which I found interesting and helpful. All in all, I thought this was a great book.