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Frugal and Delicious: Secrets to Saving Thousands in the Kitchen [Kindle Edition]

Charmaine Gerber
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Book Description

Author and official coupon fashionista, Charmaine Gerber has had nearly a two decades of experience in the fine art of frugalness in the kitchen and she estimates she saves her family around 5 thousand dollars a year with a simple system that anyone can implement.

Despite her frugalness in the kitchen her family is well fed and they enjoy healthy, delicious meals every time.

The secret according to Charmaine is simple “It is a combination of smart planning, shopping and cooking. It isn’t rocket science, but if you follow my guide, I will show you hundreds of tips that will save you thousands of dollars in the kitchen every year and also leave your family healthier as a result. The choice is yours, you can harness all of my tips and save even more money or select which tips are right for you and still enjoy significant savings.”

Just a sample of the many techniques covered in the book are:

Her system of selecting meat and produce that ensures you get both healthier food and enjoy significant savings as a result.

Tips for stocking and storing produce to maximise your savings and ensures that your food maintains as much quality as possible over time.

Tips to turn boring leftovers into exciting lunches that your kids will look forward to eating. Included are a number of recipes and ideas to work with.

A comprehensive guide for how long you can store each type of food so you can plan out months in advance.

Bonus 30+ recipes for delicious, healthy meals that won’t bite your purse (or your wallet).

If you are looking for a way to give your family healthier meals, save time and also save thousands of dollars a year in the process, this is the book for you.

Pick up your copy today.

Also By Charmaine Gerber
Confessions of a Coupon Fashionista

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  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y1OS4M
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  • Lending: Enabled
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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tips, but can be found elsewhere June 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this because it was free. This was a very quick read and packed with information for people who have no clue where to start. There are just as free good website and blogs out there now on how to save money on groceries. I liked that she did include recipes. Some of her advice is not very do-able for someone like me to lives in a tiny condo with only one refrigerator and one small pantry. Also, you need time to do a lot of these money saving tips. Yes, going to farmer's markets, grocery store, Costco, AND Walmart on top of clipping coupons and comparing prices in the Sunday ads will maximize savings, but at some point, my time (especially when I work my 80hour weeks) is worth much more.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book for every homemaker May 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I know that stuff in the kitchen can be very expensive, especially those foodstuffs that we used for our cooking can really added up a lot of money. It can be quite painful for the pocket. I have tried various means to save money by buying "reduce-to-clear" veges, fruits, and even canned food. But sometimes, these foodstuffs can do more harm than good when they are near their expiry date. That is why I am searching for possible ways to save money for stuffs in the kitchen. I stumbled upon this book and wondered if it claimed what it is being mentioned. To my surprise, the content provided really works, especially the chapter on homemade savings, and lend a hand. These are two of the chapters are power-packed with good information on how to save money in the kitchen. Highly recommended for any homemaker out there.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips May 17, 2012
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I love books that provide excellent tips and is full of good content and not fluff that I can purchase inexpensively. I purchased the author's other book Confessions of a Coupon Fashionista, and found so many tips I thought I would give this book a try as well. Glad I did.

I found the book to be full of tips that will truly keep some savings in the pocket, and now a days we need to save anywhere we can. And the kitchen is an area that can easily explode a family budget.

If your looking for ways to cut back start in the kitchen and get this book, you will be glad you did. Very useful information that we all can implement.

5 Star...Yes
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas October 22, 2013
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I found a number of good ideas for saving money and I appreciate the links for planning meals. I appreciate what the Author has contributed.

About half the recipes given sounded just like staple food recipes I've used for years and are good. But a number of recipes use quite a bit of saturated recipe called for 3 cups milk or cream and 1 cup sour cream and 2 cups grated cheese. Other recipes call for 1 to 2 cups heavy cream. That's a lot of saturated fats in only one meal. No serving sizes are listed on many of the recipes. Other recipes such as cookie is a serving.

If I were to use many of the recipes, I would have to modify the fats used with fat free or low fat substitutions. Or make other healthy substitutions such as using low fat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream,etc. I would also substitute the saturated fat with a healthy fat such as olive oil or other appropriate fats.

Inexperienced cooks might find substitutions or other recipe changes to be hard to do to make healthier versions of recipes.
Kindle version for several reasons is terrible on my Kindle Fire HD 8,9". The Freezer and Veg/fruit Charts are indented too much making them into a puzzle to figure out. This was so, despite changing font size down to a 4 point size and also rotating Kindle in hopes for the best. The other issue is breaks should have been used between sections and also between recipes which would have made individual recipe reading much easier.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New and Only For Families March 26, 2014
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There's absolutely nothing in this book that you won't find in every "busy mom" blog or women's/parenting magazine. That alone should tell you a lot, but I'll stress this point: everything in this book is based on a suburban family with school aged children. I'm a single woman, no kids, taking care of my mother in a metropolitan city who doesn't drive (frugal!). This book was NOT for me.
There are a few recipes, though nothing even remotely new or interesting, and definitely nothing exotic, trendy or ethnic.
If you don't already know to buy food in season, shop at farmer's markets or buy in bulk and freeze stuff, then you might be the audience for this book. I'm glad I got it for free.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sound advice to help you trim your grocery bill! June 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll be honest and say that I'm somewhat of an expert on frugal grocery shopping, so I picked up this book seeing if there was anything I didn't already know. This is more than just using some coupons and buying extra of an item when it's on sale kind of book. The author does a great job of covering a multitude of topics such as breaking down when produce is in season (a great resource) and how to store food appropriately (and for how long). I even picked up some great tips on gardening! This is really a great resource book for everyone's kitchen. I highly recommend, this is a book I'll be referencing for a long time to come.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't count your chickens before they hatch December 19, 2013
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I have always planned my family meals based on seasonal produce and supermarket specials
Organic farm market and road stand Apple's cost around $2·50 a pound in the NY metro area not the ·49 cents price the author mentioned. Canning after working a 40 hour week
can be time consuming. Berries 200 feet outside your back door? Come on! Most of us don't live like this although it sounds nice.
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More About the Author

Charmaine Gerber descends from a long line of frugal homemakers.

She has four kids aged 7 - 14 with busy schedules and works work part-time whilst being a full time mum. She abhors sewing and she loves saving money!

Her interests include fashion, soccer and mystery novels.


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