A few months ago I found Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have to Cut Coupons by Steve & Annette Economides for FREE on Kindle so of course I bought it. I read the entire book during the month of February. While reading the book, I remembered my mom reading and talking about a book the Economides wrote. I was hoping it was their first book so I could borrow it from her but it turned out to be this book. Great minds think alike, huh?
I found the book to be full of a lot of money and time saving ideas.
I decided to focus on one thing at a time and really master it before moving on to the next idea. That does not mean that I did not start implementing other ideas I found useful or easy to do right away. It just means my one area of focus was on one major category at a time.
This month I am focusing on the money saving strategies for grocery shopping. I can see how this will eventually cut my grocery bill while keeping my freezer, refrigerator, and pantry full. With two little penguins at home, I can’t do once a month shopping like they suggest. However, I have found that bi-weekly shopping is very doable for us.
I really like how a lot of the money saving strategies did not involve cutting numerous coupons and spending hours preparing to go grocery shopping.
One of the time and money saving strategies they listed was meal planning. I have long known that meal planning was an excellent way to save money. Unfortunately, I kind of got out of the habit of planning menus after Pie was born and this book spurred me into action again. I have already noticed the money saving and TIME saving that doing this one little thing has been. It took me about 30-45 minutes to plan out a dinner menu for the entire month of March. That planning also included pulling out all the recipes, putting them in order of use, writing a main list of ingredients, and completing a bi-weekly shopping list. Normally, it takes me that long just to compile a menu and shopping list for one week.
One thing they also do that I like but do not see working for my family is once a month cooking. I love the idea of this but I do not think it will work for our family right now. I have two little penguins who do not allow me the time to do this. Instead of once a month cooking I do freezer cooking and this works very well for our family.
I am going to continue implementing their strategies over the next few months and build up our food supplies while lowering our grocery bill.
I highly recommend this book if you are looking to save money on your grocery bill and honestly, who isn’t? We cut almost $300 off our grocery bill this month and I’m just getting started implementing their strategies!
Have you read Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family: Includes So Many Innovative Strategies You Won’t Have to Cut Coupons by Steve & Annette Economides? Did you find it helpful? What is your favorite grocery saving strategy? Share your opinion below in the comments section!
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