Monday, January 2, 2012

Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms

Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms by Melissa Jennings & Shelly King
Expected Publication: January 2012
Publisher: Hegemony Press, an imprint of Cedar Fort, Inc.

Melissa Jennings and Shelly King, authors and award-winning bloggers, announce the release of their first book, Savvy Saving to be released - January 10, 2012. Their book will be available online at, (available now) and at select retailers.

Authors of the award-winning blog "Stockpiling Moms," Jennings and King know what it takes to live a savvy lifestyle within a budget and are now sharing their best tips and strategies in their book, Savvy Saving. Their new book describes expert coupon strategies, menu planning, and other household management skills.

"Like saving money? Working to stretch your budget?" Melissa Jennings asks. "Since 2009, Shelly and I have blogged at, making it our mission to save money for our families and helping others do the same."

Readers will learn from the collective expertise of Jennings and King as they share tips for frugal living and teach how to build a stockpile and how to live a debt-free life. "Around the new year, everyone wants to start saving money and eating healthy, but few ever do," says Jennings. "Our book has tips and tricks that can really help people achieve their goals."

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My review:
I was excited about reviewing this book because I really thought I was going to like it. I have been to in the past and have found it to be very informative. Unfortunately, the majority (if not all) of the information found in this book can be found on their website. If you cannot find the information on their website, it is easily found on the other top couponing and money saving sites.

As I was reading, I really got the impression that this book was written in the same fashion as a friend would tell you about how to use coupons and stockpile to save money. While this may be a good thing in some instances, it wasn't in this case. In my opinion, it just meant that it was rambling and repetitive. It was as if they wrote the book without nothing more than an idea of the basic chapters and then didn't go back to edit to make sure the same information didn't appear 2 or 3 times throughout. For example, after you have already read about overage once or twice, you then come to a passage which says (again) that another stockpiling tip is to utilize overage.

This book may be beneficial to the novice coupon user who does not have time to research online to find the material; however, this does not add anything new for the seasoned couponers. In my opinion, since the targeted audience is people who want to save money, I would say save money by not buying the book and find the information on and the other coupon and money saving sites available.

A copy was provided by the publisher for review.

About the authors:
Prior to leaving their careers, Melissa taught Home Economics on the high school level for 11 years and holds a Masters Degree in Education. Shelley spent 3 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor educating people and giving them the tools to aid them in living a healthy lifestyle.  Melissa and Shelley are best friends who met through International Adoption. They have three boys, who were born in Guatemala.

As stay-at-home moms for six years, they know what it takes to live a savvy lifestyle and to live within a budget.  Stockpiling Moms are available for social media consulting, speaking engagements and teach a series of six coupon classes. They are brand ambassadors and work with top companies in brand awareness through their blog.

They have worked with top brands including EucerinUS, Kraft Foods, Sam’s Club, Smucker’s, Ebates, The Blog Frog and Johnsonville.  They have been featured in All You Magazine, NKY Family Magazine, Channel 9 News, Fox 19 News, MSN Money and named as Top Ten Blogs for Frugal Deals by Mom Central.

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