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Stop Telling Me to Skip My Daily Latte!

I am not impressed by financial writers who advise readers to “stop going to Starbucks” or “pack your lunch every day” as a way to save money. For the beginning budgeter, those tips can be useful, but what about the rest of us? I’ve already cut my cable, stopped eating out, and I purchase my clothes secondhand. What am I missing?

When you are thrifty by nature but still need to find a way to cut expenses to make ends meet, it can take time to sift through budgeting books to find one where you actually learn something new. I was so excited to discover a few useful books recently that I wanted to share them with you.

Be Centsable: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half – Chock-full of useful budget ideas, my favorite parts of this book discussed couponing strategies and recipes to create household cleaners. Nearly every cleaning agent we use can be replaced by an inexpensive, environmentally friendly homemade option, and the authors tell you exactly how to create your own.

Save Big: Cut Your Top Five Costs and Save Thousands – “Save Big” prides itself on excluding the save-a-nickel-here-and-there variety of money tips. Instead, this advice applies to the occasional but expensive situations that we all face. For example: did you know that you can often get your car repaired for FREE if you ask about a warranty adjustment on the problem? I'll tell you, I thought I was well-informed about bargains, but I was kicking myself by the time I got to the end of this book!

The “America’s Cheapest Family” books by Steve and Annette Economides - Their newest release, “Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half With America’s Cheapest Family,” shares the minutiae of the hardcore Economides philosophy of planning and stockpiling. This book would be most useful for families with children (especially hungry teenagers!), but it’s not as easy to implement fully these strategies for one or two people. Still, there’s enough here to enlighten anyone who is serious about trimming costs in the grocery aisle.

I’ve also included links to several Web sites through which I’ve scored terrific deals or freebies.


Amber C. Says: Be CentsAble: How To Cut Your Household Budget In Half
Amazon Says: Read Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee's posts on the Penguin Blog. As seen on Good Morning America and successfully adopted by thousands of subscribers, this easy more...
Amazon Says: Read Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee's posts on the Penguin Blog. As seen on Good Morning America and successfully adopted by thousands of subscribers, this easy-to- use system helps slash every household budget Now more than ever, people are desperate to save money without scrimping on every little purchase or sacrificing their lifestyle. Like most Americans, stay-at-home moms Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee spent the lion's share of their budgets on what they assumed to be static costs such as groceries and utilities. But when using traditional couponing and cheapskate guides didn't help their budgets shrink by a dime, Pate and McKee decided to come up with their own way to save. Within a few months, their household expenses dropped by more than half-from spending $800 each per month to less than $350! only a few years after developing their "be centsable" system, Pate and McKee have helped thousands of subscribers save money without spending hours finding and cutting coupons, or giving up "extras" like travel and entertainment. In this prescriptive guide, these authors show how anyone can save thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies, pet care, toys, travel, and most importantly, groceries-without giving up healthy foods, favorite products, or the occasional splurge. less...
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Amber C. Says: Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half With America's Cheapest Family
Amazon Says: 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—a more...
Amazon Says: 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® shows you strategies, tips, tools, and tricks in Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half, so you can achieve huge savings year after year. It’s a fact, the Economides say, saving money on groceries is one of the quickest ways to start making a positive difference in your family’s financial future. And these tips and strategies can work whether you’re shopping for seven or for one. Spend less time shopping and cookingGet more bang for your grocery buckPlan meals for picky eaters and busy schedulesDiscover kitchen tools that streamline meal preparationsLearn many ways to eat out or eat in and save bigTurn your freezer into a money-making machine Endorsements:"Many people think that it's impossible to reduce your grocery bill by 50%. But you can. Steve and Annette Economides provide step-by-step instructions in "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half." Tools that are practical and easy to follow. No special shopping or cooking skills required. Anyone can see a surprising reduction in their grocery budget if they follow the Economides' methods. And, best of all, the savings begin right away. You don't need to finish the whole book to benefit. You'll find money-saving ideas that you can put to use in the first chapter, and every chapter thereafter. Normally I advise people to check books out of the library and save the cost of the book. But this is one do-it-yourself guide to lower grocery bills that you'll want to have on your bookshelf or kitchen countertop." Gary Foreman, Publisher, The DollarStretcher.com “If you are eager to save on groceries, but don't always have the time to clip coupons, this book is for you! It’s perfect if you're interested in more ways to cut costs, reduce waste, and get organized. This is an awesome book for the novice or the skilled cook.” Tawra Kellam and Jill Cooper—editors of LivingOnADime.com and authors of “Dining On A Dime Cookbook” “I've known Steve and Annette for several years and they definitely live what they believe. If you're serious about spending less money at the grocery store, this book offers some practical ways to achieve your goal. When it comes to stretching your dollar, I know of no one with more experience than Steve and Annette.” JJ Heller—Singer/Songwriter less...
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Amber C. Says: Save Big: Cut Your Top Five Costs and Save Thousands
Amazon Says: Good Morning America correspondent and ABC News columnist reveals tips for achieving unbelievable savingsIn this battered economy, saving money matters more to consumers than more...
Amazon Says: Good Morning America correspondent and ABC News columnist reveals tips for achieving unbelievable savingsIn this battered economy, saving money matters more to consumers than ever before. But most people are tired of hearing about all the small stuff, like skipping their morning latte. They tried that, and it didn't work. Americans want fresh, bold ideas and Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands has them. In fresh, engaging prose, Elisabeth Leamy shows consumers how to save big on life's most important and costly items. Filled with actionable advice and the insider secrets readers are hungering for, Save Big Details how to save a lot of money on a few things rather than merely saving a little on a bunch of small itemsReveals the keys to saving money and the challenges consumers faceEducates consumers on how to save thousands on the five things most people spend the most money on: houses, cars, credit, groceries, and healthcareAfter the turbulent economic events of the recent past, more and more consumers are focusing on budgeting and creative ways to save money. Save Big can help. less...
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