“I go in as if I’m going in for a military strike,” Annette says of her monthly grocery run, in a phone interview from her suburban Arizona home. “[The] planning and executing takes less time than the four times a week that most families spend at the grocery in the one time.”
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Special Guest: Annette and Steve Economides, America's Cheapest Family
You don't have to drop the Benjamins or pull out your credit card to have a fun night out, despite what advertisers would have you believe.
Steve and Annette Economides – America’s Cheapest Family
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Clothing is a necessity, but spending a lot of money on it isn't.
Apparel expenses are low-hanging fruit to cut spending from a household budget. It's easy to save, look great and still wear name brands, if you know how.
A family of four spends an average of $2,850 a year on apparel and apparel services, according to the federal government's Consumer Expenditure Survey for 2005. That's nearly $240 a month. So it is an expense worth addressing.
Most adults can get by without buying new clothing for themselves for a while, but families must frequently purchase garments for growing children.
Just about anybody can (and does) write about saving money. Browse the bookstore shelves and you'll find countless volumes with quick tips on turning the middle class into millionaires. I've read a great deal of them and haven't seen any like the one written by the self-proclaimed "America's Cheapest Family."
Steve and Annette Economides (yes, that's their real last name) aren't Wall Street wizards or economics gurus. They're parents of five children and they work hard for their money and want to get the most for it.
By Dan Caplinger