in New Jersey, the state that boasts the most malls per capita, Kat’s favorite
recreational activity is a no-brainer: shopping. But when she discovers that
her husband, Griff, has been hiding a secret bank account, her joyful
consumerism 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.
times call for drastic measures: Kat starts by canceling cable and kicking her
$240-a-month Starbucks habit. But what starts out as a simple effort to cut
costs becomes an over-the-top obsession when Kat 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 two kids, and an old
flame who resurfaces at precisely the wrong moment, offering Kat a life where
money is no object.
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