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Reviewed by Donna Gielow McFarland for Readers' Favorite
The Cheap and Easy Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill by Amanda Alix is a short book chock-full of ideas on how to spend less at the grocery store. Alix begins with a discussion of how grocery stores use product placement slotting fees to get companies to pay thousands to get their products stocked in prominent places in the store, and how these practices limit consumer choice. Although these techniques are constantly changing, some of her research into grocery store practices is as recent as 2017. This discussion is followed by chapters detailing practical steps to reduce the cost of groceries. These steps range from changing buying habits and using coupons to reducing food waste, cooking at home and eating healthier. The book concludes with a chapter on the use of farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture (CSA).
I found The Cheap and Easy Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bill to be a well written and no-nonsense guide to basic frugality in the grocery store. How much new material a reader might learn is totally dependent on how much they had already researched on the subject. I found the information on slotting fees to be very interesting, and the admonitions to reduce food waste and eat healthier are always welcome reminders. I would highly recommend Amanda Alix’s book for those who are at the beginning in learning how to save on food costs. And for those for whom most of this information is a review, it’s always good to be re-inspired.