Paul writes an earn-money-online blog, MTurkish Delight. His wife Abby, part of the Coupons Couponing team, moderates a couponing forum.
Couponing has become increasingly popular in recent times, as more and more households search for new ways to beat the challenges of living in a difficult economy, through minimizing their spending on groceries and other household items.
Coupons are as good as cash to an experienced and capable couponer, but how does anybody learn all the ins and outs of couponing, or expand on their existing skills?
One way of picking up couponing tips and tricks is to read one of the many excellent couponing books that are available nowadays. The best of these books provide a comprehensive guide on how to buy more groceries for less money. Much of it is about acquiring good coupons, organizing them efficiently, planning how you are going to use them, and then putting all this into practice when you visit the store.
My wife and I have been keen couponers for over 15 years now and enjoy the process of saving money. I hope that you enjoy reading my top 5 list of selections for the best couponing books and find it useful.
5 Best Couponing Books
Here are my 5 recommendations:
- Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey
- How to Shop for Free
- The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half
- Couponing Made Simple
- Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less
I explain each of my choices in more detail below.
1. Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey
I've read more than my fair share of saving-money-on-groceries books and not all of them have been an easy read, but this book will have you hooked from the start, I promise you!
Pick Another Checkout Lane, Honey isn't an advanced couponers' book, but rather it covers all the basic concepts of couponing extremely well, while also managing to be funny, entertaining, and inspirational at the same time.
This book dispels some of the couponing myths that have sprung up and will make your couponing fun, as well as lucrative!
2. How to Shop for Free
Couponing queens Kathy Spencer and Samantha Rose give clever advice on how to get shopping bargains for free or next to nothing in this highly-rated best seller, How to Shop for Free.
Couponing terms such as blinkies and tearpads are explained and practical methods are given to the reader on how to score deals using coupons and save big money on grocery bills.
This book demystifies the couponing process and gives many other excellent tips for finding and taking advantage of bargains.
3. The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half
With appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and Today, Stephanie Nelson is a superstar of the couponing world.
Stephanie is also the creator of couponmom.com, which has over 1.6 million subscribers and is still growing.
In this book—The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: An Inspirational Guide!—she gives advice on how you can save thousands on your annual grocery budget, without sacrificing meal variety and nutritional content, through the use of couponing techniques and frugal budgeting.
4. Couponing Made Simple
Christi the Coupon Coach shows the reader how to jump start into a new mode of shopping, one where you save 80% on your groceries.
This book tells you all the essentials, including how to understand couponing terms, where to find coupons, and how to organize them.
Christi’s enthusiasm for couponing is infectious and she leaves you feeling inspired.
5. Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less!
Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less is a must for anyone who wants to eat better for less money.
As well as explaining couponing methods to shop much more efficiently, it also outlines many other techniques for saving money.
These include demonstrating ways that you can save money by shopping online, take advantage of loyalty programs, as well as use technology to plan and shop more effectively.
More Top-Rated Couponing Books
Another book on couponing worth reading is the The Lazy Couponer: How to Save $25,000 Per Year in Just 45 Minutes Per Week with No Stockpiling, No Item Tracking, and No Sales Chasing! which aims to teach you not just to behave like a couponer, but how to think like one and get yourself properly organized for saving money.
The book is written by Jamie Chase, a rising star of couponing from New England, who also teaches “Couponing and Freebies 101” and “Master Couponing” at Northern Essex Community College in Massachusetts.
The Complete Idiot's Guide
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing is very comprehensive and detailed couponing book - full of excellent advice and aimed at complete beginners.
This book is a treasure trove of money-saving ideas and techniques.
As well as more traditional couponing and frugal budgeting methods, Rachel Singer writes extensively about online coupons, plus other money saving opportunities such as rebates, cell phone coupons, money saving apps, reward programs, online coupon codes and daily deal sites.
My Top 5 Couponing Tips!
- Organize your coupons to maximize savings. Categories might include expiry date, product type, store, and value of coupon.
- Use the internet to find coupons. Online sources are numerous.
- Trade the coupons that you are unlikely to use with other couponers to get ones that are more useful to you.
- Understand couponing terminology and join forums etc. to improve your skills.
- Know the coupon policies of your local stores in order to maximize your savings.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2015 Paul Goodman
Amazaving on January 16, 2015:
Great stuff! cheers