Be CentsAble Book Review

This month, I read a frugal book that has been on my list since last year. Over  the span of a couple days, I sat down and read Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half by Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee. These ladies are the authors of this book which grew from their website of Be CentsAble.

Be CentsAble is written by two stay-at-home Moms who were determined to cut their budgets. They investigated ways to save money – other than just on grocery bills. They wanted to save money in more ways than from clipping coupons.

The first half of the book focuses on saving money on your groceries, by meal planning, clipping coupons and stockpiling. The second half of the book focuses on saving money on your utility bills, cleaning supplies, travel and entertainment.

What I appreciated about this book was the reminder that anyone can save money in areas more diverse than our groceries. Sometimes, the savings outside of the grocery store get overlooked, and this book provides a well-rounded approach to saving money throughout your household.

The book was well-written but I, personally, don’t feel that I necessarily gleaned much that was new. I also noticed that the authors recommended using the Entertainment Book regularly. I’ve purchased the Entertainment book before but I haven’t found it to be as large of a source of savings as the book recommends. 

That said, Be Centsable, was a good all-over money saving books. It wasn’t one of my favorite frugal reads, but I still enjoyed it.

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