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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won't Have to Cut Coupons

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You Can Save Thousands a Year on Your Grocery Bill Without Cutting Coupons

Imagine grocery shopping once-a-week or less, eating healthier, and having more free time--all while saving money. Sound too good to be true? For the Economides family, it's a reality, and it can be yours too.

What could the average family do with an extra $3,000 a year? America's Cheapest Family(R) s
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
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This book is for people who want to get SERIOUS about maximizing grocery savings. It goes way way beyond obvious but off-repeated tips like planning meal menus based on whats on sale, or only buying in-season fruit. It is packed full of ideas, and each chapter ends with specific suggestions for beginner types ("Timid Mouse"), folks already implementing certain strategies ("Wise Owl") and dedicated thriftistas ("Amazing Ant"). While it is definitely very family focused, there are suggestions for ...more
Good...for me the gold standard is still The Tightwad Gazette The Complete Tightwad Gazette. Interesting section on modern couponing. Liked that they give suggestions for newbies, intermediates, and MASTER grocery savers. A bit for every level!

To be honest, I do not always like Steve's writer's voice. When he talked about Annette's cooking/shopping, it seemed a bit condescending. He mentioned about 8,000 times that Annette did not know how to cook when they women are born knowing
I can't give this book one star, because I probably gleaned a few useful tips from it. So I'll give it two stars and say, there are a few good ideas here, but you have to slog a bit to get to them. There are also a lot of really obvious ideas and really extreme frugality ideas, and you don't have to slog at all to get to those. I walked away thinking, "I doubt we would EVER want to go grocery shopping only once a month! But maybe it would be good if we stopped shopping every other day? ..."

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I read this awhile ago, so it is not as fresh in my mind as it would have been if I just finished it. Overall I think this book is helpful in teaching people how to save money on food, but to completely follow their plan is too extreme for me.

For example the Economides family only goes grocery shopping once a month. They say the more you shop, the more money you will spend. Yes, to a certain extent that is true, but I feel like by shopping once a week I can maximize my ability to stack coupons
Either lots of their advice is common-sense, or I am a grocery genius, because I am already doing most of the things they recommend that it makes sense for us to do (as a family of two). The book was also pretty annoyingly sexist (e.g. the wife does the shopping and cooking, daughters help prepare meals while sons help dad with projects around the house). And while they are good ideas, topics like how to organize your kitchen or encouraging you to sit down as a family for dinner don't necessaril ...more
When I was considering reading this book, I doubted I could actually cut my grocery bill in half because I was pretty frugal before. But I learned several valuable things from this book, mainly about meal planning and shopping once/month (I'm down to twice/month) and cooking freezer meals. It's also prompted me to do more research into canning/preserving. I like the idea of keeping a book of prices for commonly bought items and having a "buy price". I'm not quite ready to start grinding my own m ...more
Renita M
I mostly read this because it was available on our eLibrary and I thought it might give me some ideas. Well... Maybe ten years ago, but less so now.

To be honest I've never fussed over how much I spend on groceries. I don't go crazy with expensive or processed food, we don't eat much beef or seafood, and I have no aversion to store brands.

This book might be useful to you if you have big family, or no idea how to budget, or have never made a list in your life.

Me, I already plan my menu a week at a
I am so impressed with this book! Originally, I bought it to have something tangible to give my lovely SIL when she asked me for grocery-oriented budgeting advice. But it found it on clearance at work, so I bought myself a copy as well, and MAN, I am so glad I did! There are many suggestions for reducing your overall food costs, and to implement all of them at one time would be overwhelming (Annette and Steve even recommend to NOT implement all of them at once, start small!). I was encouraged to ...more
Kelly McCloskey-Romero
This was an amazing book. I've always shied away from books about saving money because they seem preachy and give tips that I feel too overwhelmed to implement. Not so with this book. The tone is gentle, encouraging, and common sensical. The tips I will remember and that I'm trying to implement are:

- reduce the number of shopping trips (they do once a month, I'm shooting for every two weeks)

- know how much things cost and have a buy price that you won't exceed

- plan meals, make lists, and stick
I liked this better than their first book because it was more specific. Many of the ways they suggest saving are common sense (but reminders never hurt). Also, I have a feeling they co-opt other strategies that aren't theirs - they don't dwell on mixing regular and powdered milk to stretch the milk, but they mention it once or twice - an idea taken directly from the Tightwad Gazette. Also, I found their insistance that people eat dinner together every night a little crazy - in this economy, peop ...more
You've possibly seen them on TV; they're another of these self-appointed "experts" on family finance who are really just self-promoters and marketers instead. Their claim-to-fame is that they raised 5 kids over a 10-year period earning an average income of $35K/year. What they leave out is that the 10-year period was in the 1990s-early 2000s, so $35K went a lot farther than it does these days. Their oldest kids are in their mid-to-late-20s now so their house is pretty much empty, but they boast ...more

Is it really possible for a family of seven (plus pets) to grocery shop for only $350 a month?

According to Steve & Annette Economides (yes that really is their last name!), it can be done. Best known for their title as “America’s Cheapest Family”, the Economides make it look very easy! Being a religious user of coupons myself, I can tell you that *I* personally haven’t been able to whittle down our grocery bill that much but I’d sure love to try.

In their latest book, the Economide family of
Lea Minniti
There were some good tips in this book, but many were obvious (go to the grocery store less frequently, plan your meals, etc.) This couple goes to great lengths to save money on their groceries, which is simply not something we want to spend our time doing. We enjoy going to the farmer's market regularly to buy fresh food and prioritize buying organics, grass fed beef, etc. The recipes offered in the back of the book rely heavily on canned and packaged food. Also, the tone was grating. Steve wri ...more
Feb 25, 2011 Ladiibbug rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in saving money on groceries
Recommended to Ladiibbug by: Saw authors on TV

Definitely worth a read if you're trying to save money on groceries. The authors offer different levels of participation for many of their strategies: "timid mouse" for beginners, "wise owl" for a medium amount of time and effort, or "amazing ant" for those pulling out all the stops to save every single dime.

Lots of good ideas, many I've heard of before, but the reminders are good. Many things I already know and have been doing for years.

Some strategies used by this family are WAY in
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half would be perfect for someone who has just downsized (or upsized their family). Although you could use any tips from the book, it would work best if you made a total commitment to use their system of doing things: grocery shopping infrequently (once a month), keeping a price book, meal planning, batch cooking, increasing your storage space so you can stock up during sales, buying a freezer, and having the whole family eat together at the same time. Although most of t ...more
This family is crazy but it was pretty interesting to skim through and see how they managed to live well as a family of 5 on like $35K a year or something ridiculous like that. Well I guess they're not really crazy, their system is just pretty strict and complex and to me it seems wild that they follow it so diligently. They're good about making suggestions for those who don't want to go as far as they do. I liked their point about how extra trips to the grocery store don't just drive up your gr ...more
I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a lot of ideas to try to help my husband and I bring our grocery bill. Just by applying one of the ideas (meal planning & shopping around that plan) we've been able to reduce our grocery bill by around $300 a month- which is about half! Like I said that is just with ONE of the ideas. I'm looking forward to trying some of the others.

I think one of the things I liked best about this book though is the fact that it didn't focus only on couponing.
This is the second informational book by these authors that I have read. I started with their book "America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money." I really found that book to be loaded with practical (yet sometimes time consuming)tips on how to save money and get out of debt. This book here, covers a lot of the same ground, so it was like reading the other book twice. That is okay though, because it reinforced the lessons and helped me remember the smart strategies. Both of these books ...more
Duane Frasier
Some good stuff here. It was a bit on the Obsessive Compulsive side, even for and OCD-like personality like mine. If you live in a small apartment like we do, some of the things enjoined in this book won't work for you. But part of our goal in saving money is having a home of our own. Guess, what? We'll definitely have pantry space and a larger freezer.
I can be cheap and I love to save but this is insane. You have to have an enormous amount of time to be this thorough. I'd rather spend the extra pennies and use my time as better suited to me. This strategy may work for you, just not me!
Checked this out from the library and feel like it was worth reading. There were a few tips that I will add to my grocery shoping habbits. I'm starting to keeping track of the food that I buy regulary along with the prices that I pay, that way I can identify a sale and save money. The main thing that bugs be about the book is that the author continously mentions how Annette cooks from scratch and how the family eats healthy. The family might eat homemade meals, but they are't very healthy. The r ...more
I like to read books like this out of curiosity mostly, to see if there are any non extreme things I don't know. While it was fun to see what this couple had to say, there wasn't a lot in there that I am willing to incorporate into my life.
I personally do not care for paying someone money just for me to plan my menus (I think that defeats the whole purpose of saving money in the first place!) but I really enjoy this book that is full of different approaches to saving money at the grocery without having to clip out coupons, which I never do anyways. Now, they go to extreme lengths to save money at the grocery store, which I cannot do since I rely heavily on fresh produce for our meals. (Yes, I freeze and can them ... but there is n ...more
For what it is (a book purporting to have tips for saving money on food consumption), this was a pretty good read. I have read the authors' earlier book, "America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On the Money", and found it to be rather extremist in the tactics suggested for saving money. This book, however, seemed much more practical and many of the suggestions seemed quite doable to me. I would've liked to see even more money-saving tips and some recipes included in the book; it's not the worl ...more
Good Tips, but many of them are not vegetarian/vegan/earth-friendly or even healthy. Still some great ideas for saving money such as mass-cooking meals once a month!
This is a good (but thoroughly overwhelming) book for someone just starting out decreasing their grocery bill. Unfortunately, it wasn't very helpful for me.

It showed me there are a few things I *could* do, but I am not going to do things like weigh pre-packed bags of carrots.

I also have some thought to shopping every two weeks (rather than every week), but just couldn't figure out how to make it work for my family. The book advocates shopping once a month. I can't. Perhaps it is because of the
Kris Irvin
I liked this one MUCH better than "Shop Smart, Save More" by The Grocery Game lady. This book felt much less like a prolonged infomercial for some website - and it had some pretty humorous lines mixed in with all the tips. Some of the "ideas" are nothing new, but the way the authors presented them made them Shinier.

It's not the be-all, end-all of money saving idea books, but this is a good book to read if you're just starting out with trying to cut back on your groceries, or if you'
J.D. Holman
This is a great book full of tips on cost-cutting measures for feeding your family. Just be warned, if you don't have kids, they look down on you. Tips for singles and "empty nesters" are relegated to "bonus material" at the end, because a family automatically is one that has children that can help in food preparation, that instantly are willing to help (good luck if you have teens that have not been trained), and can rearrange their work schedules to have meals at home multiple times a week.
Had lots of info need to finish reading
Another great book on saving money. This gave me some good tips that I've already started saving money with. One of my favorites is to shop less and keep track of the money you're spending as you go along (and have a cap on groceries). Their meal planning and freezing advice have also been hugely helpful to us and I've been really impressed with how these tips have changed how we buy groceries and lowered the amount we spend on them, all without the time of couponing (although this does contain ...more
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