Centsible Meals: How to Feed Your Family for Less [NOOK Book]

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In today's economy, who wouldn't want to save money? In Centsible Meals: How to Feed Your Family for Less, learn how to effectively plan and simplify your food shopping and dinner preparation to save money, time, and your sanity. Feeding a large family doesn't have to be a drain on your budget. By following the straightforward and encouraging advice in this book, you can only succeed in making your kitchen the heart of your home and bringing your family closer together around the dinner table with less money and ...
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Centsible Meals: How to Feed Your Family for Less

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Overview

In today's economy, who wouldn't want to save money? In Centsible Meals: How to Feed Your Family for Less, learn how to effectively plan and simplify your food shopping and dinner preparation to save money, time, and your sanity. Feeding a large family doesn't have to be a drain on your budget. By following the straightforward and encouraging advice in this book, you can only succeed in making your kitchen the heart of your home and bringing your family closer together around the dinner table with less money and stress!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000225899
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,324,960
  • File size: 322 KB

Table of Contents

1 Eating Centsibly 1

2 Less Processed = Less Money 2

3 Basic Fillers 9

4 Homemade Breads 11

5 Think Food Groups 13

6 Presentation Is Everything 15

7 Buying Bulk 18

8 Eat with the Seasons 21

9 Drinks 23

10 Convenience 25

11 Preserve! Preserve! Preserve! 27

12 Snacks 32

13 Picky Eaters 34

14 Grow Your Own 36

15 Menus and Grocery Lists 37

16 Do Unto Others 42

17 Conclusion 44

Summary of Tips 46

Recipes and Ideas 48

Breakfasts 49

Good Ol' Oatmeal 50

Rice with Raisins 50

Egg Tips and Tricks 50

Lunches 51

Dinners 52

Rice Ideas 53

Cooking Rice 54

Rice Pilaf 54

Missionary Rice 54

Stir-Fry Rice 55

Spanish Rice 55

Sweet and Sour 56

Chicken Curry 56

Lemony Chicken Rice Soup 57

Fried Rice 57

Bean Ideas 58

Soaking Beans 59

Which Beans? 59

Baked Beans 59

Refried Beans 60

Chili 60

Lentil Soup 60

Tamale Pie 61

Split Pea Soup 61

Bean Soup 61

Hummus 62

Pasta Ideas 63

Tuna Noodle Casserole 64

Lasagna 64

Chicken Noodle Soup 65

Stroganoff 65

Cowboy Casserole 65

Potato Ideas 66

Cooking Potatos 67

Hamburger Gravy|68

Basic Chowder 68

Hamburger Pie 69

Pot Pies 69

Stew 69

Autumn Soup 70

Potato Salad 70

Whole Grains 71

Multigrain Waffles 72

Whole Wheat Bread 72

Quick Hamburger Buns 73

French Bread/Pizza Dough 74

Desserts 75

No-Fail Pie Crust 76

Pie-Dough Cookies 76

Homemade Doughnuts 76

Sources 77

Blank Menus 78

Notes 80

About the Author 85

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Valuable Ideas! Tasty Recipes!

    Bowden has excellent insight into smart spending techniques when it comes to food. My family followed her advice while doing Dave Ramsey's total money makeover and it made all the difference. We paid off $10,000 in debt over the course of six months on a take-home pay of $15,000 over that same period. This was only possible because we maintained an average food budget of $50/month. It was difficult for me to have a tighter food budget because I love meat and more gourmet food. I'll admit that at times all I could think about was not having to garden, or preserve our own food, or go without one of my comfort foods, but Bowden's advice got us through it on a healthy diet that was very affordable and tasted great (try the baked beans, bread, and hummus - they're delicious!)
    I was surprised by Busy_Momma's review; her review is entirely inaccurate and should be disregarded! This book isn't a bible of how to live on less money in every aspect of life; anyone can see that by how concise it is (77 pages). It's not going to do research for you on how to garden, preserve your food, or accumulate hundreds of low-cost recipes; that's easy enough to do on the internet. Its focus is on giving you ideas and teaching you how to make the best of what you have. It embodies the saying "Give a man fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." It's a fine book I would recommend to anyone, even to someone who is as lazy and grouchy as Busy_Momma.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2010

    Very Practical! Highly Recommended!

    I love this book! I am a beginner at cooking for a family, but the ideas in this book helped me cut my monthly budget in half. I spent $10 for the book and saved over $50 within the first month. This is not a recipe book, so don't buy it if you are looking for a bunch of recipes. Although it does have a few recipes, it is mostly a book of ideas on how to cut your food budget and still give your kids good, healthy, filling meals. On nights when I have no money and no time to fix meals, I open this book up and find 10 or more ideas for meals that I can do with the simple ingredients that any normal person has in their cupboard.

    Bowden gives helpful hints for any level of cooking. If you are cooking for young children, there are ideas on how to keep them from being picky. If you are cooking for teenagers, there are ideas on how to keep them filled up. If you are only cooking for a husband, read the book with him and get him on the same page as you and your budget. :)

    "Centsible Meals" is exactly that: a very common sense book, but since that is highly lacking in the world today, anyone will benefit from reading and applying the principles in this book. Enjoy the extra money in your budget!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Restoring Common Cents - well titled!

    This book was written for just about anyone. I'm a single guy and find the principles discussed very useful. The author does an excellent job introducing common-sense ideas back into cooking that can save anyone lots of money if they'll actually do it. And her writing style is entertaining. You can tell she speaks from experience. I'd recommend the book to anyone interested in saving some money in their food budget. The summary chapter is helpful as a quick reminder of the main topics included. This book is not a recipe book, but does include some helpful recipes to get you started. I do wish the book were a little longer - maybe more recipes in a future edition. The book's ideas are great and applicable in today's consumer-based society.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2010

    THIS DOES NOT HAVE RECIPES. It's a book report! Why did you sell me a book report?

    Ok, it has a FEW recipes. But it's MINIMAL. And bizarre.

    The book will have lots of SUGGESTIONS with no way of doing it. For example, page 75 makes 8 frugal dessert ideas. Turn the page, and you get 2 actual recipes. And the recipes are NOT impressive at all.

    This is a wierd book. Just wierd. This book is 100% common sense, and has ZERO information that is anything new or helpful. Read ANY article online about how to lower your grocery bill, and you have the book.
    Chapter -- buy unprocessed food. (with no examples or recipes to do this!)
    Chapter --Use Fillers with meal (BUT NO REAL EXAMPLES OF APPLYING THIS AND NO RECIPES TO DO IT!) useless!!!
    Chapter -- Homemade breads. (unless you live in the SOUTH and have an old air conditioner that cannot work in the summer when the oven is on)
    Chapter -- Think food groups. Gee, that's great. Thanks so much.
    chapter-- presentation. Yeah, that's really helpful. NOT
    chapter-- buying in bulk. GREAT idea! Why has NOBODY ever suggested this one? (scarcasm)
    Chapter-- Eat with the seasons. Are you freaking kidding me?
    Chapter -- can your own food! And not a SINGLE recipe, method or anything.
    Chapter -- grow your own. Duh. (not a gardening book either)

    My favorite-- Chapter 18-- SUMMARY. LOL They did a chapter on the other chapters. LOL

    This isn't a book. It's a book report. The author made a book report for high school and some relative published it.

    That's the ONLY explanation I could come up with as to how this became a book.

    Save your money and buy something USEFUL.

    I'm trying to spend $5 or less a day on food for my family. THIS book will NOT help you to do that. honestly, I'm not able to think of ONE positive thing about this book.

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