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How a Family of Six Spends $4 a Week on Groceries

Kathy Spencer, of Boxford, Mass., recently caught our “cheap living” side of the brain with ideas on how she spends $4 a week on groceries for a family of six.

You can view the ABC interview with Spencer in the above video.

Using a committed, consistent and creative way of using coupons, Spencer has proven that what seems like an impossible budget-saving concept can become a reality. Basically, Kathy checks store policies (like if you can combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons) and then enters her chosen store with a pile of coupons. For example, she takes $1 off coupons and buys four separate orders of seafood. If she bought one pound, the coupon, obviously, wouldn’t have worked. Brilliant! In the ABC video, she ultimately bought $267.23 worth of food for a penny!

Remember, you can also employ these measures on a family vacation by going to the local grocery store at your chosen travel destination. But then again, maybe not: with all the money potentially saved on daily food expenses, you might be able to splurge a bit more on your vacation!

Kathy has also published a book,¬†How to Shop for Free: Shopping Secrets for Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing. Coming in at $10, that’s a pretty good deal, too, considering how much you could possibly be saving in the long-run!

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