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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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
on February 8, 2012
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
on May 15, 2012
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
on October 16, 2012
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
on December 26, 2012
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
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.

Recommend.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2013
This book is awful, it tries to give advice but ends up not really saying anything......buy 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
on September 16, 2012
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2012
A short e-book with some good ideas for saving some extra cash. I found the recipes for creating your own "mixes" the most helpful as I already make my own bread, buy in bulk, etc.. Would it all work for $400 a month? No probably not, especially when you figure in that the author's "30 day menu" didn't include breakfasts or lunches. But, as I stated there are some good tips and tricks that make it worth the $1.00 Kindle price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
Totally unrealistic for my life. Very weird and unhealthy menus. We do not have cheap butchers or farmers who sell in bulk. We have boutique butchers and quaint farmers markets in high end neighborhoods. So I can't save that way, nor would my family accept so many potatoes and breads for diet.
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