It’s time for another frugal book review! With my 31 Days series in October, I skipped that month for a frugal book review. It’s a good thing because this newest book took me a bit longer to read. It was unexpected as I thought this one would be a quick read.
From the moment I read the title, Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for LessInstant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less by Kimberly Danger, I was intrigued.
When I picked up the book from the library, I flipped through it and thought it would be a fast read. There were lots of bullets and lists in the various chapters. For some reason, these lists took me awhile to work through. I’m going to say it is because there is so much information to absorb. Also, I’ve found that you can only read lists for so long before you need a break.
That said, Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for LessInstant Bargains is a great place for beginning bargain shoppers to start. Kimberly had many practical ideas. That was the strength in this book. It is practical.
For example, Kimberly starts with a section devoted to price books. It reminded me of how important it is to know stock-up prices. It also reminded me that I need to update my price book. Perhaps in the new year?
My favorite tip section of the book was the chapter on Stocking Your Kitchen. I liked how she suggested to have a top ten list and always keep those items on hand. This would be where you start stockpiling. I thought this was a great tip! If you are curious, her top ten list included cereal, beef, chicken, canned / frozen fruit, canned / frozen vegetables, canned tomatoes / spaghetti sauce, cheese, pasta, flour / sugar / baking supplies, and bread. I’m going to have to ponder my top ten.
Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for LessInstant Bargains also included a lot of homemade recipes – for meals, cleaning supplies and laundry detergents. Did you know you can clean your microwave by microwaving two teaspoons vinegar with two cups of water? Simply microwave a bowl with these ingredients for two to three minutes, remove the bowl and wipe the microwave clean. Impressive!
Now that I’ve finished reading Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for LessInstant Bargains, I can say that I enjoyed learning some new things. For me, there were still many things that I knew, and a couple tips that I found redundant. For those who are looking for lots of ways to cut your grocery budget,Instant Bargains: 600+ Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat Well for Less Instant Bargains is the book for you!