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Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half Paperback – March 30, 2010
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Former neighbors and stay-at-home moms, Pate and McKee offer a detailed look at slashing household expenses. The authors, asked by their husbands to cut their budgets in half, settled on savvy coupon use: stacking savings—purchasing goods already on sale with additional coupons. They present a plethora of information about coupons themselves, where to find them and how to use them properly in conjunction with sales on particular groceries. Nearly half of the book is devoted to grocery shopping, including tips on which stores to visit, and how to plan meals and win at consumerism. No topic is too small or pedestrian—there are instructions for making cheap household cleaners, finding affordable airfares and mattresses, and menu planning. The occasionally dry and serious content is enlivened by quick tip action plans at the conclusion of each chapter, breaking down the information into digestible portions. (Mar.)
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“A plethora of information about coupons themselves, where to find them and how to use them properly in conjunction with sales on particular groceries… No topic is too small or pedestrian—there are instructions for making cheap household cleaners, finding affordable airfares and mattresses, and menu planning.”—Publishers Weekly
“The authors show how anyone can save thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies, pet care, toys, travel and—most importantly—groceries, without giving up healthy foods, favorite products or the occasional splurge.”—Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
“Stay-at-home moms tend to be among the smartest when it comes to handling money. In an era of rising household costs, they have to be. Pate, a former high school teacher, and McKee, a former financial analyst, outline everyday savings strategies that go beyond coupon clipping… Savings no doubt will add up if you follow these tips.”—The Holland Sentinel (Michigan)
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Some of the material in the book is informative, though, like identifying "sale cycles" of products, what products freeze well, etc. If you're looking for some REAL common sense info on trimming and saving, check out the Economides' "America's Cheapest Family," where some couponing, food preservation, planning and budget evaluation is discussed in a light-hearted manner.
If you must look this book over, visit your local library, or check out the authors' blog. Not really worth owning.
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