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- December 15, 2008
- Vol. 70
- No. 24
Meet the Frugals
How An Arizona Couple Raised Five Kids and Nearly Paid Off Their Home on $42,000 a Year—with Money to Spare
THEY SHOP FOR GROCERIES ONLY ONCE A MONTH
Armed with coupons and walkie-talkies, Annette and Steve search for sales at Bashas' supermarket in Scottsdale. Recent purchases include:
• 8 20-lb. turkeys
• 15 cans of baked beans
• 6 gallons of whole milk
• 12 loaves of bread
• 15 1-lb. packages of pasta
• 10 dozen eggs
HOLIDAY SAVING TIPS
Have kids make wish lists. "They may not get it all, but they know they'll get something they want," says Steve.
Go potluck. "We provide a main dish, everyone else brings drinks and hors d'oeuvres."
Try a white elephant exchange: Guests wrap and bring inexpensive items from their homes. "It's regifting, but we all howl with laughter," says Annette. "Something you thought was so stupid, people are fighting over!"
Don't wait. "Giving is in our yearly spending plan," says Steve. One idea: The post office ships flat-rate care packages to U.S. soldiers for $10.95.
Outfits for the Family $71
Rehabbed a $220,000 House
Average Monthly Food Bill $350
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