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3.0 out of 5 stars Like a Run-On Sentence, December 12, 2011
This review is from: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won't Have to Cut Coupons (Paperback)
Last night I finished the book, "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family" by Steve and Annette Economides and quite frankly I want to say "yeah, that's so true" and "what in the world?!" at the same time. I don't think I would have been quite as disappointed in the book had they created a different title for it, but it's really not a book ONLY about cutting your grocery bill in half. They do provide several money saving tips for how they save money, but really its more of a book about the Economides values that center around food.

Let me explain what I mean. Chapters 1-4 explain how they shop the ads, use coupons (yes they do briefly discuss coupons), stock up on sales, and plan their meals such that they only have to shop once a month. If I were to only read one chapter in the book, chapter 3 would be it as it provides the most specific information about shopping sale prices and stocking up that I've seen. Their other information is more of an overview for the novice than the experienced shopper.

Chapters 5-8 is less about the grocery bill and more about how they "do" food. The Economides discuss how they do their mass cooking day, how they stock up and organize their food, how they save on kitchen equipment and what they use, and how they enjoy dinnertime together as a family.

Chapters 9-11 would probably fall somewhere in between on the spectrum. Chapter 9 just give ideas for money-saving snacks (but not necessarily how to save money on purchasing those snacks). Chapter 10 discusses how to save when eating out (again not really saving on groceries but it is food oriented). And, chapter 11 briefly discusses gardening (but not in a very thorough manner).

Finally, Chapter 12 just sums up basically everything they mention throughout the book. There are a few of their favorite family recipes added at the end as well as suggestions for how singles and empty nesters can also save money even though they are cooking for only one.

My final thoughts: Do I think this book is worth read? Maybe. They do have a lot of good ideas and some interesting facts, but don't let the title fool you. It may be a good place to begin if you are just starting in the process of saving money on groceries but if you have been doing so for awhile and looking for a few pointers, I might suggest another title or two that provide more specific information as the book seemed like a run-on sentence by the time it was all over.
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