Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half – by Steve and Annette Economides (2010)

Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

 

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.

 

 

Excerpt:

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.

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money – by Steve and Annette Economides (2007)

America's Cheapest Family

Whether you are just looking for ways to stretch your income even farther, or you are struggling to keep up with the bills, this book gives many ideas on money management. It’s written in a very down-to-earth style that is simple to understand. The Economides begins by listing the three principles the book is built on:
1 – Avoid debt like the plague.
2 – Live below your means.
3 – Embrace the thrifty lifestyle.

The authors go through each type of expense that people will have – housing, utility bills, clothing, groceries, medical care/insurance, cars, and entertainment. They give specific examples of situations in their family life, and how they were able to get the most for their money. They also have a fantastic chapter near the beginning of the book on creating a household budget. It covers figuring out where the money is going and then setting your limits. This books helps you catch the thrill of living a life of simplicity and economic balance!
Excerpt from page 256:

Some people put loose change in a jar to reach a goal; others reuse aluminum foil, clip coupons, or wash and reuse plastic zip bags to save money. None of these is a revolutionary new idea that will save you millions of dollars and make you rich overnight. These are little things. But we’ve come to realize that if we pay attention to the little things – turning off lights, watching gas mileage, being careful at the grocery store – all those little bits of money over time do add up. More importantly, the attitudes of conserving, planning, researching, and saving are being learned, reinforced, and improved upon. If we have established a habit paying attention to saving with little things, what will we do when we are faced with a large expense? We will practice the same habits. The biblical adage: “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in much” is really true!

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