Spend a Little, Save a Little, Give a Little: A Balanced Approached to Changing Your Life and Our World
Veteran shopping consultant and reformed shopaholic Jennifer Melnick Carota, MS, LPC, who’s been at the center of the socially-conscious consumerism movement, shares with readers how to combine smart shopping with charitable giving in her new book Shop Smart, Give More: Change Your Life, Change the World (ISBN: 978-1-4357-0935-5; $ 16.95U.S./ $ 19.95 CAN; trade paper). The release of her book couldn’t come at a better time as shoppers try to find ways to save money in a down economy.
Combining her expertise as a licensed mental health counselor and a reformed shopaholic, Melnick Carota clearly presents easy and accessible ways to shop smart and give back to the community. Best known as the “Gift Therapist,” the author shows readers how spending less can enables them to give more. “Planning is key,” says Melnick Carota, creator of www.gifttherapist.com. “Creating an annual gifts budget, for example, is one of the best ways to save money over the course of a year.” A debit card exclusively reserved to purchase gifts, she says, offers a disciplined approach to spending money on other people.
Shop Smart, Give More contains more than 50 secrets to Melnick Carota’s success, including:
• The real definition of a bargain
• Discount department stores worthy of your time and money
• Where to find the best bargains
• How to learn from a “bad gifter”
• How to choose a charity that resonates
• Tips on raising and donating money to your favorite charity
Shop Smart, Give More goes beyond the traditional how-to for shoppers. In her book, Melnick Carota offers readers proven ways to become more conscious consumers while doing great things with the money they save.
Jennifer Melnick Carota, MS, LPC, known throughout the Pittsburgh region as the Rachel Ray of shopping, has made numerous media appearances as the Gift Therapist. She is frequently quoted in the media as a gift expert and speaks throughout the country on the art of combining smart shopping with charitable giving. For more information, please visit www.thegifttherapist.com.
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