Saturday, October 23, 2010

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

_240_360_Book.252.cover Cut Your grocery Bill In Half with America’s Cheapest Family – includes so many innovative strategies you won’t have to cut coupons
Written by Steve and Annette Economides
Published at Thomas Nelson

About the book

America’s Cheapest Family shows readers how to save up to $3,000 annually on groceries with their proven strategies, tips, tools, and tricks.

The average American family spends 10 to 15 percent of its take-home pay on groceries. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half gives them a sure-fire opportunity to reduce that number forever. With the proven plan in this book, the average family can save more than $3,000 a year on its grocery bill.

“Can cutting coupons do that?” a consumer might ask. Of course, these money-saving experts teach coupon-clipping strategies, but they don't stop there. Readers learn how to plan shopping to save big bucks, effectively store food and save cash, identify products that save time and money, beat the grocer at pricing games, and more!

The Economides learned to deliver healthy, tasty food to their family of seven on $350 a month. In this authoritative manual, the average family can follow their lead and fill its grocery cart without emptying its wallet.

Who are the Economides?

Steve and Annette Economides are New York Times best-selling authors and are recognized internationally as family finance experts.  The have appeared on many national TV Shows and are regularly quoted on radio, in newspapers, and have been featured in magazines.  They have five children and live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this book.  I would love to be able to cut our grocery bills more but we already apply some of the information found in this book in our shopping.    We look for big sales, we keep an eye on the reduced produce and bread, we go to dollar stores and so on.    We even did our own salsa, tomato based for spaghetti sauce, strawberry and raspberry jams as well as chutney this year.

Most of the information mentioned in this book is based on the US grocery stores.   Unfortunately, I suspect that Canadian grocery stores do things differently.   So I can’t keep an eye on the date codes and so on.   Besides, when  you have four kids with you, figuring out the codes is not an easy thing.   Mind you often we try to do grocery without the kids or the whole family together but still.    Also, we are not the kind of parents who will buy whatever the kids want while grocery shopping.   

We use coupons sometimes but honestly most often it is still not worth to bother with.   In Canada, we have a site that offers regular coupons. is wonderful sometimes as it gives coupons for a FREE item once in a while.  We prefer buying in bulk whenever possible which is a practice we have been doing since we were married in 1998 – before we had kids.  

But when it comes to menu planning and cooking for a whole month – well my courage is lacking.   Maybe we would be able to save money that way.   But we seriously doubt it.    We have made the decision to homeschool our kids but honestly planning a month worth of food for every supper is simply too much on my plate. 

I’m sure this book can be of major help for many families who don’t know the tricks of grocery shopping.    I personally know some families who could benefit a lot just by reading this book.   But for us, we can’t see where else we could cut.   Part of me was expecting new ideas on how to do this and this book have not provided what I was expecting.

This review was possible because I received a copy of Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half from Thomas Nelson.

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