I don't know about you, but back when I watched an episode of "Extreme Couponing" on TLC for the first time, I was floored. Visions of having my own little stockpiles of items at home, without practically paying anything for it, was enough to keep my interests piqued. Now, of course, not everyone will be able to replicate the results of the people on that show; however, if you want to hone your skills in couponing to save a buck, your Abilene Public Library can help.
If you're a parent, you know that feeding your household is right up there on the list with prov8iding shelter, electricity, and indoor plumbing. With food costs rising and kids who eat like football players, you know that stretching that dollar at the supermarket is something no one turns away. Stephanie nelson wrote a guide, with parents in mind, to show you how to save on your grocery bills. Her book, The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, will show moms (and dads) how to save money by becoming smarter coupon clippers. Whether you're a veteran coupon clipper, or you're just starting out, learn some money-saving techniques that will allow you to buy the foods your family needs. You don't have to sacrifice nutrition to get the groceries you need, and this guide will prove that to you.
Another great resource to check out from your library is the Everything Couponing Book: Clip Your Way to Incredible Savings! by Karen Wilmes. This guide will explain the importance of couponing while teaching you the ins and outs of various programs and the terminology you need to know. For instance, although coupons are available, shoppers also need to understand that value of getting reward cards, enrolling in loyalty programs, or even knowing how to print out coupons online. It's really much more than opening up your local newspaper and snipping out deals. Along with couponing for groceries, you can also learn how to save in other areas of your life including entertainment, travel, dining, and more. Even better, you'll also learn how to interpret the fine print when it comes to making the most out of a valuable coupon you find.
Still need another suggestion, especially if you feel you know nothing when it comes to coupons? Try Rachel Singer Gordon's The Complete Idiot's Guide to Couponing. Of course we don't think you're an idiot, but the title simply suggests the information inside will be presented in an easy-to-understand manner than all can follow. Through this guide, you'll learn where to find coupons (manufacturer's, store, electronic), how to find the best online coupon deals, strategies for increasing your savings, how to get the most from your local drugstore with sections dedicated to Walgreens and CVS, and more.
Let's face it. No one's going to pass up a chance to save a little cash in this day and age, and although not everyone will become a savvy couponing fiend, you might just be better equipped to understand how to find deals through our resources. Remember, you don't have to go to the extremes, as ever little bit helps, so visit your Abilene Public Library and let our couponing guides show you how to get the most bang for your buck. We're already helping you out by providing access to the guides for free with a valid library card. Even librarians believe in saving where we can!
Article Contributed by Tremain Jackson, Branch Manager of the South Branch of the Abilene Public Library