Of course, the description reminded me that I am not average. "With the proven plan in this book, the average family can save more than $3,000 a year on its grocery bill" Ummm, that would mean eliminating my entire annual grocery bill... So, I wondered, can this book help ME?
The answer? Yes. Definitely. And I knew it from the first chapter. I'm going to quote from page 5:
Because we are all unique in our diets, our shopping habits, and our lifestyles, there isn't just one way for us all to achieve grocery savings. Some people hate the idea of clipping coupons, while others revel in the challenge and love watching their grocery bill plummet at the checkout. Some people love spending hours each day cooking to create a delectable gourmet meal, while others look at cooking as a chore to be endured, but certainly not enjoyed.That's all it took... I have someone here who is giving out all kinds of information about saving money on groceries, but they are not assuming that what works for them is the only way. They don't take some patronizing attitude about how you have to wash out your ziploc baggies, or that you must switch to bulk cooking. I love that there isn't a one size fits all approach, and it made me far more interested in reading.
The book addresses way more than just couponing, planning ahead, and shopping sales. It includes bulk cooking, gardening, cooking in general, owning appropriate equipment, feeding infants, feeding teens, eating at restaurants... and more.
One really great aspect of the book is that each chapter ends with suggestions for what you can do now. And those suggestions are broken down by whether you are a beginner, whether you are wanting to jump in full-throttle, or something in between. So I can read a chapter on couponing and follow the advanced suggestions, but I can read the gardening chapter and follow the beginner options.
I have not actually started using the suggestions in the book, but I do have a couple of things I am starting to implement. Such as:
- I am actually going to plan out a week's menu.
- I am going to check some alternative grocery stores. One a week.
- I am going to start doing something for bulk cooking. This week, it will be to cook up some dried beans and freeze them in meal-sized portions.
- I am going to inventory my pantry.
- I am going to plant some things in the house. I have some seeds in the fridge, and I'm going to just start trying and see what comes of it.