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Book Review: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

review by Toni B.

It's one thing to say you want to save money on your grocery bill, but it's another to succeed. You can find articles and snippets of ideas in magazines. You can clip coupons and follow the ads. It doesn't take long to realize that there is a lot more to cutting the grocery bill than just shopping. If you are looking for a complete overhaul to your food budget, Steve and Annette Economides have put all the information you need in one place. Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half - With America's Cheapest Family has ideas that even the seasoned savers will find helpful.

Making a commitment to saving money is tough enough, but coming up with a strategy is much harder. The beauty of this book is that it lays out everything you need to consider to come up with your own strategy. The book has twelve chapters, which include shopping, using coupons, and cooking from scratch, all obvious money savers.

The not so obvious money savers can be found in:

Chapter 6 - "Stocking Up and Organizing" is full of helpful information, including how to supply a pantry, storage guidelines, cooking utensils and freezer instructions, just to name a few. I was particularly impressed with this chapter and the thorough information it included.

Chapter 7 - "Economizing Equipment" tells you how to pick large and small appliances to get the most from your food preparation. Whether you buy used or new appliances, there are helpful tips to help you make the right choice.

Chapter 8 - "Family Dinnertime" offers guidance on how to achieve family meal times with busy schedules. The authors point out how scattered schedules, eating on the run, and interruptions can adversely affect the family food budget.

Chapter 9 - "Feeding your Kids for Less" might not seem like a big deal, but kids can fall into a couple of traps that use up and sometimes waste the family food budget. They tackle topics like feeding babies, picky eaters and the teenage bottomless pits. They stress the importance of getting kids involved with meal preparation and clean-up.

Chapter 10 - "Where and How to Eat Out for Less" Most people include eating out in their entertainment budget, but the Economides include it under their grocery budget. This is a smart strategy since eating out can use up a large chunk of entertainment.

Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half is not only informative, but also it's fun to read. In addition to their research, they have included tips from other readers too. At the end of each chapter, they include tips for the "Timid Mouse" or those just starting out, the "Wise Owl" or those who are savvy shoppers, and the "Amazing Ant" or those who are always on a serious mission to save.

The Economides have taken their family finance strategy on the road and have appeared on The Today Show, Dr. Phil, and Good Morning America, to name a few. They also have a website at

This book is well worth checking out at your local library, but be warned that you'll find that you will want your own copy to keep on hand. It would a perfect addition to a bridal shower gift basket or housewarming gift. No kitchen should be without this book. If you're trying to get control of your food budget, start with Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half - With America's Cheapest Family.

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