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I like to consider myself a strategic shopper, even if it is more challenging to do up here in Alaska. This is especially true with four growing boys in the house and typically a single income to cover everything. However, I know that there are always new tricks to be had when it comes to saving money. Hence, my excitement to review Strategic Shopping and Christmas with Strategic Shopping by Candy Foote. **Note ~ Links in this post are affiliate links. Any purchase made through them will provide our family with a small commission.**
About the Strategic Shopping Books
Christmas with Strategic Shopping – The Twelve Months of Christmas
Christmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s also the most stressful time of the year! Decorating, baking, parties, and gift buying all stuffed into the month of December can burden down the best of us!
Candy Foote is a mother of 12 who loves to overdo at the holidays! She loves to go all out on all of it, especially the gift giving!So, how does she manage to do it without having to spend the next five months of the new year paying for all of it? Sadly, many Americans actually do spend January through May trying to pay off Christmas debt!
Candy’s newest book — Christmas with Strategic Shopping: The Twelve Months of Christmas — shows you month-by-month how you can prepare for the holidays, taking the stress out of Christmas and making room for you to actually enjoy the holidays with your family.
Christmas with Strategic Shopping lists exactly what you should be buying each month. It teaches that stores have a specific time where they mark just about everything in the store down to a rock-bottom price.
This book will bring you into the life of a mega family’s celebration of Christmas. You can apply these principles into your own holiday celebration.
Don’t panic – it doesn’t require you to have twelve children in order to apply these techniques!
Candy Foote is a mother of twelve, which has given her a great incentive to learn how to save! With each new baby, she became a better shopper. Now, she teaches others how to do the same through her website, http://candyfoote.com/, her classes, and her e-book, Strategic Shopping.
Strategic Shopping is a step-by-step guide that teaches both the novice and the experienced shopper how to save big at the stores. It teaches that Strategic Shopping is all about having a plan and knowing when to buy.
By having a strategy, Candy is able to get rock-bottom prices, FREE items, and even has the stores pay her to shop!Strategic Shopping is a 143 page e-book that will show you how you can do the same.
In Strategic Shopping, you’ll learn:–the exact details for how to use coupons for ultimate savings–the strategies Candy uses to get rock bottom prices and FREE items–how to shop so that the stores pay YOU!–how to save at least 50% off at your grocery store–how to buy “real’ food on a budget — foods like eggs, butter, cheese, milk, bread, organic produce, meat, and more!–the purpose of pantry–the difference between stockpiling and hoarding–how to feed a mega family without living on beans and rice!
Strategic Shopping even shows you how to get the best deals on prescriptions, how to find military discounts and senior citizen discounts! With the knowledge gained with Strategic Shopping, you can quit buying generic brands and fill your pantry with all brand name items at deep, deep discounts.
Meet Candy Foote, author of Strategic Shopping
Candy Foote is a Christian, wife to one, momma to 12, and grandmother to 4, so far (Number 5 is due in May!) She is a homeschool veteran of 21 years. As a homeschooling mother of a mega family, Candy has learned many Strategic Shopping tips that have allowed her to stay at home while her husband, Jud, was the only breadwinner of the family.
Candy runs a website filled with free information on how you can become a Strategic Shopper. She also enjoys going into people’s homes and teaching them through her Strategic Shopping workshops.
Candy considers it her ministry to help other families learn how to live a quality life, while keeping money in their pockets.
My Thoughts on Strategic Shopping
Overall, I found the books to be a great resource. I’ve spent years learning to live frugally and find ways to shop strategically so that I could stretch our budget. Moving to Alaska really threw a wrench in my ‘game’ as the pricing is typically higher for products and coupons can be scarce through local venues. That just gets me thinking a bit more outside of the box.
While I am not a novice strategic shopper, the books still had a sections that either reminded me of something I used to do or gave me new food for thought.
Reading the first few parts of the Christmas book, I could see that Candy and I think a lot alike about shopping ahead when you can find things on sale. A week after Christmas I was picking up marked down Christmas items at the store and already have one local individual’s gift purchased for this year. Not only is it done, but with items at 70% off, I could put together a small bundle of things for them rather than getting just one item. She takes your through month by month so that by doing a little shopping here and there during the year you won’t have bills you’d rather hide from come January. (There’s even mention of Swagbucks to help earn Amazon gift cards, something I do as well.)
In the Strategic Shopping Book, I loved how Candy separated out the chapters so that some cover specific stores (e.g. Walgreens and Rite Aid) and others cover particular topics (e.g. debunking coupon myths.) While a fair bit of the book does tackle the use (and storage) of coupons, she also mentions different discounts (e.g. military) that people should be aware of before visiting their local store. Also, I enjoyed the reminder that we should build pantries in our home for the purpose of ministering to our family and possibly others in our community.
Purchase Strategic Shopping
For anyone wanting to learn how to save money through strategic shopping, you should consider buying either or both of these titles. Through February 2, 2014, you can save 20% off these titles on Candy Foote’s website by using the promo code 20%OffEverything. What a great way to start your savings today!!
What are some ways that you shop strategically for your family?
How do you approach shopping for Christmas and other holidays?