Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half

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Penguin, Mar 30, 2010 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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As seen on Good Morning America and successfully adopted by thousands of subscribers, this easy-to-use system will help slash any household budget

Now more than ever, people are desperate to save money without scrimping on every little purchase or sacrificing their lifestyle. Like most Americans, stay-at-home moms Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee spent the lion's share of their budgets on what they assumed to be static costs such as groceries and utilities. But when using traditional couponing and cheapskate guides didn't help their budgets shrink by a dime, Pate and McKee decided to come up with their own way to save.

Within a few months, their household expenses dropped by more than half-from spending $800 each per month to less than $350! only a few years after developing their "be centsable" system, Pate and McKee have helped thousands of subscribers save money without spending hours finding and cutting coupons, or giving up "extras" like travel and entertainment. In this prescriptive guide, these authors show how anyone can save thousands of dollars on cleaning supplies, pet care, toys, travel, and most importantly, groceries-without giving up healthy foods, favorite products, or the occasional splurge.

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This book offers many intresting tips and advice on how to save money. It is a must read for anyone wanting to get into couponing. Read full review


Chrissys Story
Kristins Story
When Initiative and Good Timing Collide
Practice Makes Perfect
In the Beginning
We Changed Our Thinking
Coupons 101
Stacking Your Savings
Understanding Utility Bills
What Questions Did We Ask? What Did We Find Out?
Spend 150 and Save 5150 in Five Years
Action Plan
Heres How We Did It
Preparing Your Life Raft
The Value of Time
I Need How Much?

Action Plan
Everyday Low Price Stores
HighLow Stores
Wholesale Clubs
Incentives That Apply to Every Store
Action Plan
Why Stockpile?
Starting Your Own Stockpile the Right Way Without Losing Your Mind
Action Plan
Why Are We Still Talking About This?
Why We Didnt Plan
How We Changed Our Behavior
How Often to Plan and Shop
The Planning Process
Action Plan
Shopping with the Enemy
Arm Yourself
Action Plan
Using Alternative Foods
Cook for Your Health
Get Started with Breakfast
Unwrap Lunches and Snacks
Dinner Savings
Have a Bulk Cooking Day
Proper Food Storage
Reduce Food Waste
Action Plan
What Can You Do?
Serendipitous Results
How to Get Started
The Kitchen
The Bathroom
Finding Money in the Laundry Thats Always Fun
The Proof Is in the Living Room
Commercial Cleaners
Action Plan
The Internet as a Resource for Free Stuff
Action Plan
Changing Your Thinking
What to Look For
Where to Shop
Reselling to Make Some Money
Action Plan
Use Coupons
Shop Smart with Store Incentives
Put It All Together
General Guidelines for Stacking
Action Plan
General Advice
Dining Out
Music and Theater
Sporting Events
Zoos Museums and Family Centers
Family Tips
Stacking the Strategies to Save Even More
Action Plan
Should We Book Early or Wait Until the Last Minute?
When to Travel
Getting ThereThings to Consider
Where to Look for Unbelievable Airfare Deals
Renting a CarTips Before You Hit the Road
Saving on a Bed
Vacation Rentals
AllInclusive Resorts and Cruises
Meals and Drinks on a Dime
Travel Insurance
Centsable Tips for Traveling with Kids
Action Plan
Creating a BeCentsable Program

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About the author (2010)

Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee are former neighbors who have been running "Be CentsAble" workshops for nearly a decade. Pate lives in Kansas City, Missouri, and McKee in Phoenix, Arizona.

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