Book Review: The Penny Pinchers Club by Sarah Strohmeyer

I expected a light and quick book, but The Penny Pinchers Club really made me think about how money impacts our lives.

From the Cover: Living in suburban New Jersey, Kat has a pretty serious retail habit. Now it looks like her husband Griff is having an affair…and setting up a secret bank account in preparation for a divorce. Suspecting her spending habits may be driving him away, Kat’s determined to save her marriage by saving some money. But when her rich ex-fiancé turns up with a tempting bargain, she’ll have to decide whether love conquers mall…

What I Loved:  The Penny Pinchers Club was better written than I’d expected, with very real characters, backstory, description, depth, and some funny scenes that literally made me laugh out loud.

The story follows Kat as she struggles to save up enough money to afford an attorney when her husband finally decides to leave her.  It puts her in some precarious positions, forces her to learn about couponing and cutting back, and makes her really think about her relationship (both with money and with her husband).

Honestly, this book reminded me about couponing for myself.  I used to do a lot of it back when you could actually clip coupons from the Sunday paper.  Everything’s digital now, and it’s a whole new world that I’m diving back into!

What I Didn’t Love As Much:  I don’t believe in including spoilers in book reviews, so let’s just say I didn’t like the way it ended.  It wasn’t what I wanted for Kat.

Rating and Recommendation:  If you want a fun read that might even inspire you to pinch a few of your own pennies, then The Penny Pinchers Cluis for you!  4 stars.

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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.


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