- File Size: 169 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Budget101.com (January 14, 2001)
- Publication Date: January 14, 2001
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00710A0V6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
How to Feed a Family of 4 or More for Less than $200 a Month Kindle Edition
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The book does offer a good selection of recipes and frugal living tips.
But, it is still a good read, and I picked up tips from the book, just not sure you could do this in every area of the US. I still would recommend the book for anyone trying to cut costs - lots of good ideas and making at home is always superior to buying in a package or paying 10 prices for something that could have been made at home for cheaper. It does allow people to get more in touch with their food that they are eating. I believe we all are out of tune with the most important item we put in our mouth daily.
Hmm. Maybe if you have a garden, chickens for eggs,can get your meat from a butcher or farm, know where to get a lot of really cheap spices, and have the time to devote.
But...I don't have a garden, other than a few tomato and pepper plants. No chickens. Don't know any butchers or farmers.
No clue about the spices, and I work 2 jobs.
So while I enjoyed perusing this book and came away with a few money saving ideas, I don't think it's practical overall, for the average family.
Just stockpiling the spices alone is daunting. I mean, sure you can make a lot of your own mixes IF you already have cardomom, cream of tarter, ginger, oregano, thyme, sage,nutmeg, etc etc...
So can I feed my family for even an adjusted rate comparable to $200 a month? No. not even close.
The book links to a lot of recipes for cookie mixes you make yourself and other such things. It is heavy on refined carbs. What did you expect though, it's about how you can eat cheaper. Carbs, especially flour is the cheapest food you can eat almost.
It also talks about planning your menu. Her method is to plan then shop. My method is a little different and doesn't expect you to store half a cow in your freezer. I suggest you read it and take some of the advice. However, I haven't found meat for anything less than 79 cents a pound. That is going to the butcher and the sale barn to buy the live animal and butcher it ourselves. Inflation has hit food and there is no going back to 29 cent meat per pound. I remember buying loaves of bread for a quarter. That will never happen again either unless I find flour on sale for 20 cents a pound and bake my own. (It happens occasionally) So read the book for pointers, but do not expect anything close to $200 for a family of four.
I really liked the idea of planning and cooking meals in advance. As a mom of a 6 year old and an 8 week old, the hours of 6-10 pm are pretty much a blur of homework, dinner, baths and bedtime. Having pre-made and frozen meals to warm in the oven or on the stove would definitely take some of the chaos out of the evening,and keep the dinner hour a consistent time each night! Some of the other ideas, like keeping a garden or buying enough meat for the year at one time would not be feasible for us at this time but, is still something to keep in mind for the future.
The author also includes recipes and links to other resources, including her website budget101.com. A quick visit to this site proves that there are resources for many things "on the cheap", not just groceries. This could definitely prove to be valuable resource for my family as the little one gets older and money gets tighter.
Overall a good book, with some old and some new ideas. If nothing else, I see that we are already on the right track to making the most of our grocery money.
Before diving into this book, you should have already cut down restaurant spending to virtually zero. Good. Now you're ready to attack the grocery budget.
This book is far along the spectrum of frugality. It's on the "extreme" end, but it works. Even if you don't take all the advice, I guarantee there is something in here that can save you $20-$100 per month EASILY.
In any case, the MINDSET you gain is invaluable. Well worth the cost of the book. For me it's paid itself back in about 2 days.