These 29 surprising and easy moves will help you find the best prices, avoid the sneakiest store tricks, and prevent those costly impulse buys.
John Cooke, a writer from the National Enquirer, contacted us from London in early November. We were skeptical about the type of story he would write about America's Cheapest Family.
Steve and Annette Economides have five kids and a monthly food bill that totals a mere $350. How do they do it? Among other things, through lots and lots of planning, strategic buying in bulk, utilization of their freezer, pantry, and Ziploc bags, and the occasional purchase of something called a chub.
The Economides, known as America's Cheapest Family, have a new book out called Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half. They answer my questions on smart grocery shopping techniques and economical cooking below.
There will be five or six of our quickest money saving tips in the October 7th issue of People Magazine. We'll post a link here when it runs.
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Don't want to spend your hard-earned cash? Save money by using the "shopping hierarchy," you may even get some stuff for free.
This magazine article is very unusual because we simply don't remember doing the interview that resulted in a four page articles complete with photos. We know that might sound strange, but extra photos from various photo shoots can be posted for other magazines to use and writers can gather quotes from various articles and put together their own story.
We spoke with Emily Hendricks from All You Magazine in August 2010. She wanted us to share several ways we save money on groceries by planning better, shopping smarter and storing what we buy, better.
We spoke with Nicole Jones who is the Food Editorial Assistant at Every Day With Rachael Ray. She was working on a column called Supermarket 101 which will appear in the September 2010 issue.
She was specifically wanting us to talk about the advantages of buying food in bulk. We focused on how we not only save money and time, but also how we store the food so that it doesn't go bad.
We spoke with Sandra Block on July 28, 2010. This short article appeared in USAToday Weekend on September 5, 2010. Here's the article below.
This is an article which appeared in a Swiss business magazine. We have inserted a "cheap" (free) translated version of the interview in italics underneath each paragraph. If you are better at translating than Microsoft Word and want to send us your better version, we would gladly post it here (along with your name).
We don't understand German, so we ran this article through an online translation web site. We discovered that online translation tools aren't very accurate. If you can understand German, click on the link below and you can read the article as it was intended to be. If you can't read German, then enjoy reading the "translated" version.
This was a cool honor for Annette. Who would ever think that a frugal mom would be recognized as a fascinating person. But in today's economic climate, anyone who can help her family to survive, even thrive, without having to change their lifestyle is definitely a leader.
We were surprised when People Magazine contacted us. We aren't celebrities — never have been and never want to be.
We never saw the excerpt that Quick and Simple ran, so we'll give you our own excerpt from America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money here:
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Frugal Families — Cutting Corners
Make “cents” of family finances and plan for the future.
By Kristin Bustamante
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This article appeared in Money Matters a magazine produced by Crown Financial Ministries
Have Yourself a Frugal Little Christmas
Many people think it is stressful to keep an eye on spending, but being frugal reduces the stress in our house.
Unexpected financial setbacks, which rarely occur, can be remedied without major lifestyle changes. Our family members have learned to work together toward common goals. Our favorite strategies?
In October of 2004, we hosted a writer and a couple of photographers sent by a New York magazine to do a feature story on our family.
If you dread going to the store, but still want to save money, Annette and Steve Economides have some other advice. Although they do believe in pairing a coupon with a sale-priced item, they are not fanatic coupon clippers. Instead, they shop just once a month for their family of seven. Annette plans her menus around the weekly ads and then she and her husband spend several hours shopping. She'll take one day to cook 15 meals that she freezes. She believes menu planning and eating together as a family both help to save money.
We don't have a copy of this magazine article.
If anyone does has a copy, we're appreciate it if you could send us a copy.
This was a fun article to be a part of. Bob Trebilcock was the writer and Wally Konrad was the editor for Good Housekeeping. Together, they allowed us to help select two of the three couples to be featured in the article.