Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam are a mother / daughter dynamic duo of dollar stretching. As a single mom Jill raised two kids on a limited income without giving up their comfort or security. When Tawra married Mike, they struggled to raise their small family, but by applying the lessons learned from Jill (Tawra’s mom), they were able to pay off $20,000 worth of debt in five years. They did all of this on an average income of $22,000.
Adelle Davis was a pioneer in the new field of nutrition in the 1940s. She advocated whole, unprocessed foods and criticized food additives. Even though her books were written in the 50s and 60s they still have great relevance to today’s living. Using nutritious food and vitamins to heal many common ailments, Adelle Davis goes through every organ and area of the body and discusses the natural remedies that could heal them. She has a Masters Degree in biochemistry and it is amazing to read her analysis and solutions for the problems that plague the human body.
If you regularly purchase expensive cuts of meat, for example, T-Bone, filet mignion and pork tenderloin, this is a great book that will provide you with money saving options. We buy less expensive cuts of beef — chuck or round steaks — and never spend more than $1.59 per pound, consequently, this book didn’t apply much to our family.
This is a great book if you’re starting out looking for ways to cut your grocery bill. Ronda Barfield and her family were in financial straits and needed to find extra money. By researching and changing her shopping methods she was initially able to save $200 each month. Over time she has fine-tuned her methods and now saves even more. Besides planning a menu, she advocates shopping at alternative stores to find steep discounts and stocking up when an item you would regularly buy is on sale.
This is a wonderful guide that teaches you the process for selecting, harvesting, freezing, canning and drying, fruits and vegetables. Other sections cover making butter and yogurt as well as butchering your own meat and smoking it. Finally they discuss harvesting, hulling and storing nuts, seeds and grains. This book is still in print and has been updated and reprinted three times since its original publication in 1977. You’ll find any version to be a terrific resource!
This cookbook debuted in 1980 and is still a great resource for the kitchen novice today. Each recipe is accompanied with step-by-step line drawings and a color photo of the finished product. Annette thinks that this method really makes learning a snap.
This book is similar in concept to Once a Month Cooking, Jill Bond has added her own twist to the concept. We would consider her to be a “black belt” in kitchen frugality. Her system is to cook enough meals to last 3 months, storing many of them in zip-top freezer bags. It takes her two days to complete her entire menu. This is usually done over a three-day weekend – to allow recovery time.
This is an incredible book that introduces a concept that not only saves time but also stretches your budget and relieves a heavy daily mental load. So many of us these days are juggling so many balls that having several meals already prepared and waiting in the freezer really does cut down the stress in our lives.