This book is great for those who are looking to be smarter with their money, especially saving in the area of groceries. It is a great book for those who are just starting to use coupons when shopping or already use them but want to make better use of them. The book covers the following topics: Stocking up, Preparing the freezer, Meal planning, Couponing, Reading sale ads, Grocery shopping, Living generously.
Rather than giving a summary, I wanted to make a list of some of the things that I had learned.
- Planning ahead reduces emergencies
- Having a good, organized place to store things can help you as you stock up on sale items.
- Knowing what is a good sale price for an item is so helpful (and there’s an app for that)
- Stocking up means buying more of an item when it’s on sale rather than waiting until you need it and its full price. It involves planning ahead.
- Planning ahead means that giving things to those in need is easier. You have those items on hand.
- Make double the amount of food for dinner and freeze half of it for another meal.
- Buy foods in season (when they are at their cheapest) and freeze them.
- Have both a weekly menu, and some go-to meals when time is short, or no one wants to eat what is on the menu.
- Use coupons on items that are already on sale, otherwise go with the store brands.
- Stack coupons (using store and manufactures' coupons on the same sale item)
- Have a freezer (and maybe Fridge) inventory list (either a piece of paper or dry erase board). It is too easy to forget about things that you can’t see. When you use something, mark it off the list (make sure the whole family gets on board with this).
- Know your schedule for the week. Do you really need to plan 7 dinners, or will you be eating on the go one night? Also, do you need to have a couple quick and easy to prepare meals?
I received the galleys of this book from Net Galley for the purpose of this review.
This book comes out September 6, 2011.