Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half – by Steve and Annette Economides (2010)
I thought I was doing a fairly good job of shopping for the family groceries, but this book gave me many more ways to trim the bill. Let’s face it, food is one of the largest expenses on the monthly budget. It’s a necessity, and a costly one. Just about everyone can use some tips on controlling the cost of eating.
Steve and Annette do a fantastic job of showing you exactly how they save money, but leave it up to the reader to customize the ideas to fit their family. They cover grocery stores’ marketing schemes, how to know if you’re really getting a good deal, setting up meal menus, cooking once a month, stocking up, using coupons or not, developing good supper habits, and much more. The book left me with the surety that I can use at least some of the ideas and stretch our grocery dollars farther.
If you’re going to the store several times a week, commit to going only once this next week. Even if all you have is a small freezer attached to your refrigerator, you can still limit your trips to the store by planning a weekly menu. Okay, here’s the tough part, but we know you can do it. If you run out of an ingredient or forget an item, substitute it with something else, borrow it from a neighbor, or make a different meal – just don’t go back to the store. You can do it – it may take some time to perfect your system, but eventually it will be as easy as breathing.