Sunday, October 3, 2010

Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half by Steve and Annette Economides (review)

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

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 their 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.

My take on this book:
 Do you think its possible that a family of seven could cut their grocery bill to $350 dollars a month, and I am not just talking groceries but also toiletries, such as shampoo, soap, paper towels, etc. Well the Economies have based this book and their lives around this very concept.

For me alot of the information is just practical common sense. They talk about watching the scanner as you check out because we are often overcharged  for certain items,especially sale items, they also advocate purchasing things at discounted or sale prices and stocking up, they also advocate taking sales fliers to Walmart because of their price match policy, and using coupons. Unless  your a total novice at shopping, I would think most of this stuff is common sense.

This book is chock full of information on how to stretch your dollar, from reusing your aluminum foil and plastic baggies, to purchasing used appliances. I think that overall if your new to shopping and looking for ways to save this book would be great for the beginner, but for someone that has been living the frugal lifestyle your probably doing most of this stuff already, the only new information I found was for ideas that I would never implement anyway.
On a scale from one to five I would give this book a solid 3.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Sounds like something we have in NZ called Simple Savings - does help but you don't need to be a genius to figure most it out. Still some of the recipes they had were awesome!

  2. Nicole, Thanks for dropping by my blog, I totally agree, most of the money saving tips are really common sense, they included a few recipes in the back of this book as well, but really nothing I would probably ever try.

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  6. I see this family on the Today show every now and then. They fascinate me. But sometimes I think all that coupon clipping could be a full time job. I used to do that and go from store to store to get the sales. But I honestly don't have any time these days.


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