Wednesday, August 19, 2009

(69) The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer


Calling all Grocery Gamers, CVS'ers, Dave Ramsey Fans, and Cupon Clippers! This is the book for you!

Sarah Strohmeyer has taken this economic crisis to heart and has written a book that all of you cheapskates will love to read!

Kat Griffiths is the typical New Jersey housewife right down to her Starbucks Venti Latte addiction. She spends the money and lets her husband pays the bills. On the night of her 20th Wedding Anniversary she discovers the email evidence that her husband is having an affair and is planning to leave her once their daughter graduates high school.

With the help of her former housekeeper, Kat joins The Penny Pinchers Club. A group of financial misfits who show Kat that there is hope. There is light at the end of her $37,000 worth of debt. And she WILL be able to afford the divorce lawyer that she fears is in her future. Or is it? Their relationship seems stronger than ever. Does her beloved husband really plan on leaving her for his research assistant? Read the book and find out!

At first glance, Kat looks like a spoiled brat. She is irresponsible with money and I was ready to shut the book and be done with her. But as the Penny Pinchers do their audit of their finances, you can almost see Kat's backbone mysteriously grow right into her spine. She becomes strong in her resolve to get out of debt and it is admirable. As we read about Kat's hi jinx in saving money and getting out of debt, the reader gets to pick up a few money saving tips along the way. Do I advocate Sarah Strohmeyer as a financial adviser, no of course not. But she writes a book relevant to the lives of millions of women in this country trying to get out of debt. And she does it in a fun, light hearted way. The Penny Pinchers Club is a fun, fluffy book to help you put your financial woes into perspective.

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