Money Management

Couponing for the Rest of Us

CouponingKasey Knight Trenum

Subtitle: The Not-So-Extreme Guide to Saving More

Publisher: Revell

Pages: 192

Price: $12.99

ISBN: 978-0800722067

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Kasey Knight Trenum runs a couponing site called Time 2 Save Time 2 Give. This book covers the ways those who don’t want to fill their basements can live better through couponing. Don’t confuse her methods with a ho-hum way to grab some coupons at the last minute and run to the store. It takes work and planning. 

Unlike the extreme couponers who clog checkout lines with $500 of merchandise, proudly whipping out $5 at the end, Kasey advises shopping to cover three months. She says sales return about that often.

The information is excellent and Kasey’s friendly personality shines through. The one problem is too much information in the first 67 pages. She used too many pages to sell couponing. 

Kasey approaches couponing from a clear Christian slant. Much of her couponing goes to giving.  

Worth the price. Those pinched by the economy will find it a useful handbook.

I received this book through NetGalley. I do not receive pay for any book I review and I do not know the author. This review is my honest opinion.

 

 


Book Review: Thor Ramsey's Total Money Meltdown, a Proven Plan for Financial Disaster

Thor Ramsey for typepad Thor Ramsey 

SubTitle:  A Proven Plan for Financial Disaster 

Publisher:  Moody Publishers

Pub Date:  07/01/2011 (Available for pre-order)

List Price: $12.99 

Pages: 160 

ISBN:  9780802400758 

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This book gives an often-funny look at money management: and how not to do it. Thor talks about his bad spending habits and the un-Christian attitudes that led him and his wife into a huge financial hole. He had adopted the attitudes of Americans in general—often the opposite of what the Bible teaches. 

Many Christians believe that money and religion are separate, but Thor points out that the Bible speaks more about money than it does about Heaven and Hell. God does care about how we spend His money. Thor points to Dave Ramsey if you want a day-by-day plan. However, for him and those who are list-phobic, he advocates a just-spend-less program and tells the ways he and his wife approached their debt—not always without pain. 

Many people know Thor as a Christian stand-up comedian who approaches all of life with humor. He admits he can’t cut back everything. Starbucks would fail without him. If money problems sour the reader’s day, this book will bring a laugh while bringing hope: and those who keep perfect accounts will enjoy it as well. 

I’m reviewing this book a little too soon, but it is available for pre-order on Amazon and Thor said, “Buy this book. I need the money.” (Oh that the un-funny could be that honest).  


Book Review: Your Money God's Way

Your Money God's Way for typepad

 Amie Streater 

ISBN 978-1-59555-232-7 

Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc.

189 pages 

Price: $14.99 

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Amie Streater became Associate Pastor of Financial Stewardship of New Life Church after pulling herself out of her own financial mess. This book doesn’t advise about everyday money management like keeping a budget or writing everything you spend in a notebook, though she does touch on it in the last chapter. It describes the pitfalls good Christians can get into with what she calls “Counterfeit convictions.” People come to her when their ships have sunk. She quotes the Bible to show people where they have gone wrong and recommends a mind change. 

She goes into detail about covering debt for family members or others who won’t help themselves. The other side of that attitude is thinking the world owes you a living and attributing it to God. “God told me to stay home with my children, no matter that I ran up tons of bills for college. Now my husband will work two jobs to support me.”  She says if God tells you something He wants you to do, you need to plan in advance to make it happen. 

She gives a strong warning about believing swindlers because they go to church or might even stand in the pulpit--some have TV programs. Or maybe the deceiver carries a business card with a fish on it. 

She talks about many instances of getting into trouble because of the ease of using plastic and ignoring the signs of trouble like Scarlet O’Hara, “I’ll think about it tomorrow.“ 

Not all is lost though. She believes that everyone in a bad financial situation can pray and work his or her way out of it, but he or she must take steps to do so. Amie  gives entertaining examples of how others came out the other side. 

The author occasionally writes like a drill sergeant with charm but anyone who feels that family or personal finance is crumbling around him or her should read this book.