Amazon Top 100 and Free Book Excerpt!

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My editor called yesterday and nearly gave me a heart attack. My book 397 Ways To Save Money cracked the Top 100 Bestseller List placing at #93 overall. I was also the #3 top selling personal finance book in Canada. (thud)

I’m still a little numb and slightly confused over making this list. Throughout my life I’ve managed to steer clear of popularity lists, well, unless you include my high school yearbook mock election list where I ranked very highly. But I digress.

397 ways to save money bestseller

Busting onto the Bestseller List is a very cool thing for this shy nerd. My editor, Kate, was very impressed when my book briefly passed Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, saying this was “no easy feat.” (or feet?) I have no doubt. Caterpillars are hungry little munchers with enough legs to leap any list in a single bound. So I am humbled and very honored to be near any hungry bug on Amazon. I’m not sure I’ll catch Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love though – I hear it’s on Oprah’s list. πŸ˜‰

Free Excerpt: 397 Ways to Save Money

You can now download a Free PDF that includes an excerpt of Chapter 4 from my book. Feel free to share this with anyone you think would be interested in it. This PDF doesn’t look, feel, or smell as nice as the print book, but the content is the same.

397 Ways To Save Money Book Excerpt

Free Download: 397 Ways To Save Money Excerpt (pages 48-51)


The subject of Chapter 4 is Shopping. In this chapter I share some straightforward (and savvy) tips on shopping wisely so you can get what you want, buy what you need, and get home from the mall still saving money. In this chapter I also share my own shopping Buying Tactics and give you some Selling Tactics if you find you’ve got some extra stuff hanging around your home waiting to be converted to cash. I show you how.

My neighbor just finished reading this chapter and informed me it “pissed her off.” I was a little stunned that tips on saving money while shopping could “piss” anyone off. But she said, “I could have been doing these things years ago and saved thousands.” I gave her a hug.

Welcome New Readers

I just wanted to give a shout out to all the new readers who have found Squawkfox over the last week. I’ve been on the air waves, in papers, and blogged about over the last while so I’m thrilled to meet all those who have found me via these sources. Please feel free to jump in and comment on any post and check out the New? Start Here! page on this blog to get caught up on some favorite posts. I’m really happy to meet you!


  1. Mr. Cheap June 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Woot! Congrats!!! (I’m getting increasingly envious by the day ;-).

  2. Kerry June 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    @Mr.Cheap That’s the power of using the Emacs editor. πŸ˜‰

  3. Shannon June 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Kerry,

    I am one of your new readers (I heard you on CBC and then I bought your book). I am very excited for you, and grateful to you for your wonderful tips. Keep up the great work!


  4. Four Pillars June 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent – and I also recommend the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Great book.

  5. Lance June 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Kerry,
    WOW! How awesome is this!! Enjoy it all – YOU deserve it.

  6. mbhunter June 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Great news!!! Congrats!

  7. Erik June 4, 2009 at 6:14 am

    That’s excellent!! Congrats Kerry!!!

  8. Hayden Tompkins June 4, 2009 at 6:43 am

    They shipped my copy yesterday!!! {HAPPY DANCE}

  9. Caitlin June 4, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Congratulations! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for the excerpt, too!
    I’m glad you mentioned finding a manager to ask for a discount. Cashiers, past and present, will thank you!!
    Far too many “advice” books/articles just say to ask for a discount, which causes people to rush out and ask the poor cashier for a discount while they are checking out. In the vast majority of stores these days, the cashier can’t give you a discount even if (s)he wanted to because of how the register computer is set up. All it leads to is wasted time for both parties, and any customers in line behind the person.

  10. SilverEggplant June 4, 2009 at 7:13 am

    Congrats Fox! You never know…you may end up on Oprah one day!

  11. Studenomist June 4, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Hey Kerry,

    Thanks for sharing this with us. It’s great to see a fellow Canadian PF blogger reach such great levels of success. You are a true example that hard work pays off.

  12. Doctor S June 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Woot woot congrats. Lets get it in the top 10.

  13. Kerry June 4, 2009 at 8:00 am

    @Shannon I’m so happy you found me via the CBC and I didn’t scare you away. πŸ˜€ I was sooo nervous when interviewed for “The Point” and “BC Almanac” I nearly passed out after the call. I still haven’t brought myself to listen to the recording. Writing is SO MUCH EASIER than speaking on the radio. It’s awesome to meet you!

    @Four Pillars I think I need to check out Very Hungry Caterpillar since so many grown men (who play hockey and drink beer) are recommending it. Smile. πŸ™‚

    @Lance You are always so positive and warm Lance! Thank you so much for your kind words.

    @mbhunter @Erik Thank you

    @Hayden Tompkins I’m so happy your copy shipped! Thank you for being there when I was busy writing the book. Blogging buddies are the best.

    @Caitlin I too was a cashier (eons ago) and know it’s the manager who has the keys and the power to discount an item. I always wished I had the power to save customers some money though. πŸ˜‰

    @SilverEggplant LOL on Oprah. I don’t have a fast enough internet connection to Skype in! LOL

    @Studenomist Ahh shucks. Thank you. I don’t feel successful though, I’m mostly terrified of saying something silly.

    @Doctor S If my book goes to the Top 10 on Amazon then I’d suspect my mom went and bought all the copies. πŸ™‚

  14. Anneliese June 4, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Yesssss ! Tip #398 to Save Money? “Eat Caterpillars”

  15. Sagan June 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

    That’s fantastic! You deserve it.

  16. marci June 4, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    WoW! Way to go, Fox! You go Girl! πŸ™‚

  17. Vered - MomGrind June 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Congrats! What a great accomplishment!!!

  18. Liara Covert June 4, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Great news about your book. It feels good to know that you are helping people, empowering them, in your own way. The positive energy yous end out reverberrates back. I found your blog through Davina at Shades of Crimson. Nice to meet a kindred spirit on a meaningful soul journey.

  19. J.D. Meier June 4, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Congrats! Too true – e-books don’t smell the same as the real deal.

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