America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
Is your credit card screaming for relief?
Are you tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul . . . whoever they are?
Meet Steve and Annette Ecomomides. They've been called cheapskates, thriftaholics, and tightwads, but in these tough times, Steve and Annette have managed to feed their family of seven on just $350 per month, pay off...more
Be the first to ask a question about America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money
There's very little useful ...more
Okay, some of the points I liked were actually common sense items like turn off lights when not in use, etc. The stuff I did not like were their extreme views on saving to the point where they took a family vacation to Washington, DC and cruised around in their car looking for a thrift store. I have no problem with this as I've been hitting up thrift stores for unique finds since high school (in fact my husband ...more
Plain and simple. Set financial goals, stay out of debt, find resources to meet the needs of your goals, give to others generously, and cultivate an attitude of gratitude. It's all there. They don't advocate a quick fix, but rather implementing principles of simple financial truth. Great analogy between the American Revolution and financial freedom in one of their final chapters that ...more
They live in A ...more
I agree with a PP about just picking the ideas that will work for your specific circumstances.
The family's a ...more
I enjoyed reading this book. The authors have a way of making money issues and saving more palatable with their writing style. Most of t ...more
However, I would say these guys are more like America’s Best-Budgeting or Most Disciplined Family. Their st ...more
I'm pretty excited, because after a little bit of research and a talk with the husband, I'll be finishing paying off my student loans this week.
I am a bit frustrated that there is no index, and I thought I read something in ...more
Overall, I could see how this book would be helpful to an average family (particularly one with kids) who wasn't already taking a ...more
What I appreciated about this book was it took a stand against debt. The authors advise against what many think of as "good debt" and take a slow and steady approach to b ...more
I found the grocery and vacation tips to be very helpful and we've already implemented some of the techniques.
What I liked the best about it is their perspective. They live a frugal life so they can raise a family, raise them on a farm and teach them important values, life lessons, and morals, and spend money on the important stuff not the garba ...more
We have made it a priority to become more financially secure and the ideas in this book were really good reminders for me of things that I really should be doing, but haven't taken the time to try yet. For example: I started using coupo ...more
I'm also trying to get into couponing - I've been reading a lot of blogs lately about this and it's been inspiring - I'm starting out by ...more
To spare you getting this book for yourself (thankfully mine is a library copy), I'll tell you the ONE "tip" I gained from this book: put a 24-26 oz. filled water bottle in your toilet tank to displace water and hav ...more
Plus side, they are an excellent example of being frugal, setting a budget and goals, and finding resourceful ways to live below their means. Some ideas they presented were very interesting, for example, going shopping less often and using a meal planner to maximize the trips. This could work for a single person as well as a family. The stay at home vacation. I think everyone is guilty on some level of not fully experiencing all the attractions that can be f ...more
This book was very helpful to me in my quest to get ahold of my budget in a serious and concrete way.
Many of the ideas are common sense (cut down or eliminate eating meals out). A whole range of ideas is explored, from a strict and very specific program for getting out of debt, to reviewing your auto insurance coverage, sections on paying off your mortgage early, etc.
The incredibly meticulous family budgeting system the authors use is too complicated for me, but the overall idea can e ...more