Today.MSN.com—America’s ‘cheapest family’ answers your questions

The Economides of Arizona, self-proclaimed “cheapest family” in America, appeared on TODAY Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and revealed their strategies for saving money in tough times without sacrificing quality of life. Questions from viewers poured in, and here the Economides respond with more tips and advice:


USNews and World Report—10 Totally Radical Money Moves

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 Life's too short to be like everyone else. Be different. Consider these ten totally radical money moves. Are they over the top? Or can you see yourself using one of these money moves to radically change your financial life?

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The Garage Sale Gal

Lynda Hammond is a former TV news anchor who has left the media rat race in search of treasure in the garages of America. She has adopted the name Garage Sale Gal and spends her time touting the deals and steals you can find if you know how to search. She's also developed a nationwide web site to list your garage sale. Visit

GarageSaleGal.com to learn more. Or get a copy of her book here:


Grocery Shopping For the Frugal Family

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“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.”


ABC News - America's Cheapest Family Lives Debt Free

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America's Cheapest Family Lives Debt Free
The Economides Wrote the Book on Debt-Free Living

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America's Cheapest Family on the Yahoo Home Page

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videoAmerica's Cheapest Family on the YAHOO.com Home Page. This was a total surprise to us. One morning the emails started pouring in and one of them said, "You probably already know this, but you are the cover story on Yahoo.com."  Nope, we had no clue what was causing a deluge of emails. Here's what it looked like. . . .


Spending Smart - Clothes That Fit the Budget

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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.

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Budgeting Tips from America's Cheapest Family

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.

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