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How to Feed a Family of 4 or More for Less than $200 a Month [Kindle Edition]

Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Grocery expenses have risen drastically and finding ways to trim the household budget without feeling like you're constantly "going without" is getting more and more difficult. Despite the economy and lousy gas prices, you can still feed a family of four or more for under $200 a month using these simple tried and true techniques. Discover how to slash your grocery bill, whether once a month cooking really helps your budget, sample 30 day dinner menu plan as well as tried and true tips and tricks for reducing your grocery expenses, all WITHOUT having to deal with coupons. (52 pages)

Product Details

  • File Size: 169 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: (January 14, 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00710A0V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good basics but unhealthy advice October 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From my books review website, [...], reviewed with another coupon book:

Both give the advice of going directly to a butcher or country farm to buy directly from the butcher, cutting out the middleman grocery store and paying $.75-2.00 per pound of meat. I really do not see how realistic that is for a majority of Americans out there, especially those of us that live in the cities and small towns that do not have direct access to an independent butcher or farm, nor do we have extra freezer space to put all that meat-half a cow, according to one of the books.

Another gripe I have, is they are both heavy on high-carb, high-calorie and high-fat content, so those of us with one or more health issue, such as heart disease, diabetes, etc cannot follow their advice.

The positive, is that they both talk about using coupons for household goods, cleaning agents and so forth, and using that money towards vegetables and other foods. I understand that people do not have enough money for healthy, nutritious vegetables and low-fat meats, but to emphasize high-carb and high-fat I cannot endorse.

I also commend both ladies for their cost-cutting measures, using store cards, coupons, buying in bulk when available. Good generic advice for beginning shoppers and families.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great advice...but only $200?? February 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This ebook offers great advice for anyone wanting to lower their grocery bill; the strategies are proven and very much do-able. However, I follow this advice already and groceries for our family of 4 are still $400 a month. We do not live in an expensive, urban area, either. So...follow the book's advice, but know that it will likely cost you more than $200 a month for a family of 4.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative May 15, 2012
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This was an informative little book. I already try to save as much as possible but I still learned a few things from this book. The freezer cooking is something I just started doing but I think I'll be getting one of those vacuum sealer things to make it easier as the author suggests. A lot of useful information but I do agree that in a lot of areas it will still be hard to feed a family of 4 for under $200 a month. There was also a nice section in the book with recipes. A quick read that took under an hour.

At the time I downloaded this ebook to my kindle it was being offered free in the kindle book store, which in no way affected my review.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars time, inflation, and cost of living October 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I hope others who read this book understand that it is over a decade old. $200 in 2001 could buy more than $200 today, and as others have mentioned, things cost more now as well. Still, this book has good ideas for saving money on food & recipes. The title is no longer appropriate, but it is still a good book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Her tips do make sense but.... December 26, 2012
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I am not going to buy 80 pounds of chicken to save money which I then have to turn around and rewrap with a vacuum machine. The tips were mostly in bulk... not in every day buying. Ms Burnell can buy in large quanities, some of us can't.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The How to Feed a Family of 4 or More for Less than $200 a Month book contains some good, frugal ideas that will help trim expenses. As to the actual cost of implementing those ideas I suspect living for $200 a month or less will be nearly impossible. I can personally vouch for trying to follow some of the ideas presented in this book, and I am feeding a family of 4, and our grocery bill is probably closer to $600 a month. Granted I live in an area known for a cost of living, so this could be part of the problem.

The book does offer a good selection of recipes and frugal living tips.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book June 20, 2013
By Jason
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This book is awful, it tries to give advice but ends up not really saying bulk meat and buy seasonal produce plan your meals.....there you just read the book. I guess I am glad it was a free kindle book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This is a good book to help you get started. I didn't find much that I hadn't already practiced, I've fed the family on less than 200 per month, for many more years than I care to count.
The key is to make stuff yourself instead of buying ready made. That and don't call the meat part of the $200, I spent my meat budget for my 2 week period, and then bought all other needed groceries. Since I wasn't big on things like ketchup, and pasta sauces etc, the major part of the 2 weeks budget was for flour, and veggies, and cleaning supplies.
I bought in a large a lots as possible, and kept an eye out for sales, buying extra when it was on sale at a great price.
But don't get into the fix two meals one for the kids and one for the adults, simply encourage the kids to eat what is put in front of them, and don't feed them mac and cheese, yes its quick and easy, but its not good for them. As a once in awhile treat its fine, but daily or even twice a week its copping out! It was never in my house.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book but it didn't have any information that I didn't already know.
Published 14 days ago by Betty Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars cool book
Didn't see a lot of recipes that my family would enjoy but she did have some awesome tips for saving money.
Published 29 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's great
Published 1 month ago by Ed Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting ideas
I like to read this from time to time to stay motivated. As food prices have risen it can be challenging but still helps with food budgeting!!
Published 2 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent insight!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 4 months ago by Avid Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars but it does have some good tips. But it also has tips that just ...
I haven't read this thoroughly yet, but it does have some good tips. But it also has tips that just doesn't seem fathomable.
Published 5 months ago by Sunny S. Ramage
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I never ordered this or received it.
Published 5 months ago by Karla S.
2.0 out of 5 stars This book had some good ideas, but many of the prices listed seemed...
This book had some good ideas, but many of the prices listed seemed very unrealistic. For example, evn 40 years ago as a college student, I could not ever find meat for sale for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ninadin2
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer on Saving Grocery Money
Most frugality books show groceries at $400 per month. The advice they give is to cut down unnecessary entertainment, alcohol, lotto tickets, car leases, big houses, etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike
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More About the Author

Melissa Burnell, known simply as "Liss" to her friends is the creator and designer of 2 Frugal Living Websites- - an extensive frugal living resource online that offers more than 300,000 pages of frugal recipes, money saving tips, do it yourself ideas and tutorials for the budget minded; and a site geared towards drastically reducing your monthly grocery expense without having to spend time clipping coupons. For the past 3 years, Liss has provided a weekly $50 Budget Menu plan online for her family of four, complete with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks as well as recipes for each of the dishes listed. In addition to providing her own family menu plan, each week Liss also chooses from her website guests request for assistance and creates a $50 Menu Plan Help across the USA, spotlighting various towns and cities throughout the United States to help others learn where and how to shop effectively in their own home towns.

Her goal is to help other families find ways to trim the budget without feeling deprived so they can get themselves out debt using the resources they have on hand.

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