America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money

Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on your Dreams

eBook - 2007
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aDo you have too much month at the end of your money? Is your credit card screaming for relief? Are you tired of robbing Peter to pay Paul . . . whoever they are? Meet Steve and Annette Economides. They've been called cheapskates, thriftaholics, and tightwads, but in these tough economic times, Steve and Annette have managed to feed their family of seven on just $350 per month, pay off their first house in nine years and purchase a second, larger home, buy cars with cash, take wonderful vacations, and put money in savings. Without degrees in finance or six-figure salaries, Steve and Annette have created a comfortable, debt-free life for themselves and their children. In -- America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing Group, 2007
ISBN: 9780307381965
030738196X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Economides, Annette

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

A very complete and straightforward guide to saving money and making a usable budget! I appreciated their attention to small things, no-nonsense approach, and inclusion of free and low-cost recreation event ideas (because budgeting without having any fun is just painful). While some didn't apply to me (me not being a parent), the majority of information in here was useful and included several things I hadn't considered before. I highly recommend this for anyone needing to set a budget, looking to reduce debt, wanting ways to save up for a large purchase, folks recently unemployed or retired, and fresh-out-of-college kids in their first independent living situation.

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gem_canadian
Dec 10, 2009

Great case study of how to be frugal. a lot of focus on coupons--i find in general canadians use less coupons than americans. great stuff in terms of hard numbers--good for all those skeptics who feel that they can't save money by implementing some of the simple strategies in this book.

Does overlap with common sense strategies and other environmental books but thats just bound to happen once you've read a few.

A fun read!

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Ur2qt2b4got10
Sep 08, 2009

Everything in this book is pretty common sense, except for a couple of things that they really don't go into detail over. For example, they advice you to always look over the plans before you have a carpet installed - but never actually tell you why. So, if I were indeed to follow that advice I'd ask to look at the plans and then what? It will magically cost me less to install the carpet? I'd have no idea what I'm looking at. Their advice on shopping for cars was somewhat nutty too. As for the rest, like I said: common sense. Anyone who's even attempted to be frugal will probably feel like they wasted their time reading this book (and time is money, people!). If you have no clue where to start saving money, this book might be for you.

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