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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won't Have to Cut Coupons Paperback – Bargain Price, September 28, 2010

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Steve and Annette Economides are hailed as “America’s Cheapest Family.” With their amazing tools for saving money and personal story of living debt free, they are showing families everywhere how to live the American dream without debt. They have five children.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202833
  • ASIN: B005B19XF6
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Janet Morris Grimes on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
The title alone does a great job of explaining the purpose of this particular book. The Economide family of 7 shares tips they have learned and perfected over the past 25 years as they have earned the right to be named as "America's Cheapest Family." Filled with tips for every level of bargain shopper, from beginning to expert, every family can benefit in some way from this book. This family has perfected their technique to the point that they only shop once a month,so they demonstrate how to save money by planning ahead and going to the store less often. Start by going weekly, then every couple of weeks, gradually taking control of impulse spending and buying whatever is placed in front of you.

What Dave Ramsey does for finances, Steve and Annette Economides do for the grocery bill. By removing common excuses of too little time, not knowing how to cook, bad location with few store choices, or the lack of coupons and sales ads, they encourage their readers to take charge of their grocery purchasing experience, once and for all. Sharing a keen awareness on how stores market to each consumer, the reader will better understand how to form a plan and shopping timetable that works specifically for them. This book will show how to shop on your own terms, rather than on theirs. Know prices, so that you can recognize a great deal when you find one. Ask questions. Understand the system, so you can use it to your benefit.

My personal favorite tips were how to take advantage of the "price match" guarantee for superstores, such as Wal-mart and Target, the use of rain checks to capture a great deal even when a targeted item is sold out, and on how to save money when you do choose to dine out.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Cart on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
Everyone knows I am a frugal hack. If it can be done cheaper, I want to know how to do it myself. So obviously, you know I'd enjoy reading Cut You Grocery Bill In Half.

This book was full of tips and suggestions to find strategic ways to cut costs in your home. No matter what your family size, or how you shop, there were savvy ideas and information for every income.

From ways to store food, to cheaper shopping without coupons, to food storage and meal planning, the Economides showed how it worked for them, and how it can work for you.

I really found this book to be helpful. Although most of it was common sense, I can see lots of tips that can help novice frugals find their place and cut their costs. Alot of it....ok, most of it, I already knew, but it is nice to have a helpful guide to turn to for quick ideas. And the meals for pennies recipes at the end was a nice bonus.

This is a good book for families who want to save their hard earned money, but don't know where to start. Even if you only apply a little of the advice, Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half will help you save $$$. And those few dollars will add up!

(This book was provided for me to review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Karen S. Garvin on November 11, 2010
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This book offers a variety of ways for you to save money on your grocery bill, but unless you have a large family that will eat anything (and I mean junk food and food with all kinds of additives) and have storage space for bulk purchases, you probably won't be able to use a lot of the tips in this book. Many of them rely on being able to buy foods in bulk and planning your meals to take advantage of that, rather than making multiple trips to the store. The authors shop once a month and plan their meals around that single trip.

As another reviewer pointed out, this isn't feasible or desirable for many people, especially if you enjoy fresh vegetables. Although the authors buy dozens of eggs at a time and freeze their milk, that's not something I want to do. I suppose if I lived out in a very remote area that would be an option, but for anyone who lives in an urban or suburban area, this isn't necessary or even very practical. For people who have limited space, most of these tips aren't helpful. I thought the section on organizing the refrigerator was useful, but not really a money-saving tip.

The second and third chapters offered me the most value. Chapter 2 is "The Power of the Plan," and it outlines how to take a kitchen inventory, research sales flyers, and make a shopping list. The inventory and list are good tips, but I don't have time to read through flyers and visit multiple stores to pick up groceries. And remember, you need to factor in the cost of your gas for driving around to different stores; I'm not sure the book mentions that.

Most tips are clearly aimed at only saving money and don't take into account the quality of the foods you are buying. The authors suggest buying bagged vegetables and apples, for example, which are cheaper than the loose ones.
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137 of 170 people found the following review helpful By Soccerfan VINE VOICE on November 9, 2010
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The Economides claim to feed a family of seven for $350 a month while eating healthy food. I don't think their numbers add up. At my local grocery store, a cheap loaf of white bread costs $2.50 and contains 1400 calories. To eat 2,000 calories a day of bread and free water would cost $3.57 a person. For a family of seven that would be $775 dollars a month. I understand it is possible to practically eat for free if you are a master coupon clipper, but companies usually only offer coupons on highly processed, convenience foods. There aren't a lot of coupons on foods like fresh apples, lettuce and carrots. The Economides claim to eat healthy and not have to use coupons to do it, but I doubt that is possible on $350 a month for a family of seven. There simply aren't many foods, even on sale, that are cheaper per calorie than cheap white bread.

If this book were written in the pre-Internet era, I'd probably give it more stars, despite the author's dubious mathematical claims. But really these days most of the content in this book can be viewed for free on literally millions of web sites with article on how to save money on groceries. I don't see a reason to pay money for this book when you can get all the same information for free elsewhere.

The basic ideas are to stock up on foods when they are on sale, stock up on loss leaders, plan meals around sales, buy a big freezer to stock up on meat on sale, shop only once a month, cook once a month and then freeze everything. Then I guess the rest of the month you eat reheated food.

I like saving money on groceries, but personally I also like eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, so going grocery shopping only once a month isn't for me.
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