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Book Review | The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer


Title: The Penny Pinchers Club: A Novel
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
About the Book:
Living in New Jersey- the state that boasts the most malls per capita- Kat’s favourite recreational activity is a no-brainer: shopping. But when she discovers that her husband, Griff, has been hiding a secret bank account and exchanging dubious emails with his attractive young assistant, her joyful consumption suddenly loses its appeal. Are their fights about money more serious than she understood? Is he, as her friends suggest, preparing for a divorce? Just in case, Kat decides it’s time to start saving. Unfortunately, having racked up tens of thousands of dollars in debt (of course she needed those tiki torches from Pier 1), Kat finds herself in way over her head.
Drastic times call for drastic measures, Kat starts by canceling cable and kicking her $240 monthly Starbucks habit. But what starts out as a simple effort to cut costs soon becomes an over-the-top obsession when she joins an eclectic but lovable group of savers called the Penny Pinchers Club. Soon she is pumping her gas at dawn (when it is thicker) and serving dinner made from food she retrieved at the grocery store Dumpster. Kat is saving money, to be sure, but what she’s really saving is time- time she spends with Griff, their daughter… and an old flame, who resurfaces at precisely the wrong moment, offering Kat a life where money is no object.
An irresistible and wonderfully warmhearted novel about the unexpected ways hardship can lead to happiness, The Penny Pinchers Club is the perfect pick-me-up for those troubled times.
My Review:
This book is the perfect summer read- fast, entertaining and one that I was sad to see end. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the storyline and the author’s writing style. I really connected with the main character, Kat, who is struggling with similar issues I have recently faced (like thinking she was getting a divorce and needing to save some $$$). The member of the Penny Pinchers Club are an offbeat group of characters that were humorous and interesting.
The best part of the book for me was seeing the transformation Kat was going through. Seeing how she was before with spending money she doesn’t have on stuff she doesn’t even need to becoming the total opposite- a frugal spendthrift. I am fascinated by the ways that she was able to save money and many of the tips can be applied to my life. I had no idea that it was good to pump gas at dawn since its thicker or that keeping batteries in the fridge makes them last longer. At the end of the book, there is a list of other Penny Pinching tips that can be used and many of them I had never heard of before. I always enjoy a book where I am entertained and come away learning some useful information!
I was a bit surprised by the outcome of the story and it was not what I was expecting to happen. I don’t want to give it away by saying anything more, just that the turn of events was a surprise to me and not necessarily how I would have liked it to end.
Overall, I loved this novel and definitely recommend it to you fans of chick lit out there and if you want a fast read, this is the book for you.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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