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The $21 Challenge

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Feed a family for a week on $21? You must be kidding!

Not at all! It really is possible. Over the last 3 years thousands of families in Australia have already achieved 'the impossible',

How does it work? Simple - this week you are only allowed to spend $21 on food. You will have to learn how to stretch the food you already have in your cupboard, pantry, garden and freezer to
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Simple Savings International Pty Ltd (first published 2009)
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We spend about $300 a week on groceries and the figure seems to be growing along with the kids. So $21 looks like a steep challenge. Just one week’s success though, will have a $280 value. Do it once a month, and the annual savings would be $3,300. That’s no small amount, especially when the book retails for around $17. But the short term savings are only a small part of the picture of this clever book. The bigger benefit is the way The $21 Challenge will change your perspective and habits in a ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, own
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Lacey Louwagie
Although I only gave this book three stars, it is a book that has stuck with me.

The book's main shortcoming is that it doesn't really need to be a BOOK. It felt like the authors stretched a pamphlet or a website into book length because someone gave them an advance to do so, or said, "Hey, you guys should write a book about this!" Whole chapters could have been cut, like the one about how to deal with people who were naysayers about the $21 challenge. The font size was big with a lot of white sp
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
A very good inspiring book on how to live on a budget. I spend between 450-500 a fortnight on groceries for a family of five and have found it very hard to budget. The $21 challenge book has helped me save alot and the suggested ideas and recipes are a great source of information which has helped me keep my fortnightly grocery list down. At first you do a $21 challenge and from there you just follow tips from the book. I have done the $21 challence a few times now and it has been worthwhile. Thi ...more
Jenny D.
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I always like to read these budgeting books and hope something sticks. This one challenges you to spend only $21 on your weekly groceries (not all the time, just once when you're really tight on money.) The idea is that by mastering this challenge you will learn some shortcuts to help stretch your budget. The book has you inventory your pantry and fridge and also gives lots of recipe ideas for using up what you've got, and making less expensive entrees.

Since this was written by Australians there
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
the idea behind $21 challenge is simple: run lean pantry and plan meals ahead. This should save you some buck in theory. I have implemented some ideas and our menu has more variety, also halved the pantry stock.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: practical
Some good points, not a compelling read but a useful and motivating handbook.
LaVerne Clark
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, LOVE this book! This is my new family Bible for the kitchen - and in life in general. Thanks Fiona and Jackie for helping me see things clearer : )
Annette McIntyre
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Gives a really good, exhaustive look at how you can feed your family for a short time on very little money. I found the menu planning section especially helpful
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: money-savvy
Some parts were basic knowledge in my opinion but I really enjoyed the substituting ingredients section and the writing style was quite cute and easy to read.
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