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The book that is revolutionizing Family Finances around the world.

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About America’s Cheapest Family – The Book

America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money is a book that is like a comprehensive manual on frugal living and smart money habits. More than 100,000 families worldwide have embraced the message and habits outlined in the book. As you read, you’ll feel like you’re getting your own private financial coaching session. We’ve included lots of stories — ours and those of people we’ve helped. And we’ve even let our kids tell you what they think about their crazy parents’ money habits.

You’ll be taken you through every area of a household budget from clothes to cars and lots more in between. We’ll show you how to save money and time on feeding your family, planing fun and inexpensive recreation and even taking great vacations, all without debt. It’s not about formulas and calculations, it’s more about figuring out what’s really important to you and your family and making it happen. We aren’t just preaching a gospel of thrift, we’re giving you a behind the scenes look at how we’ve lived, raised five happy kids, paid off our first house in nine years, never had a car payment and had lots and lots of laughter.

We’ve been told by readers that America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money is one of the easiest finance books to read, understand and apply. Readers love it so much it became an instant NY Times Best Seller and hit several other best-seller lists too!

Chapters in the Book include:

  • GroceriesSavings By the Bagful
  • Budgeting — The Cornerstone of Family Finances
  • Cars — Cutting Car Costs
  • Housing — Home Sweet Home
  • Utilities — Shut the Door, Turn Out the Lights
  • Debt — The American Dream turns into a Nightmare
  • Medical Expenses — Keeping Your Body Healthy and Your Wallet Happy
  • Clothing — Looking Better, Spending Less
  • Entertainment and Recreation — Having Fun While Spending Less
  • Vacations — Without Debt Regret
  • Kids and Money — Teaching Kids about Money Isn’t Kids’ Stuff
  • Savings and Investments — It’s More Than Just Money in the Bank
  • Attitude is Everything

Check out your local library to borrow a free copy or you can find it discounted on Ebay, and And of course you can get an autographed copy through us.

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America’s Cheapest Family – Chapter 1. Read by Annette Economides
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Video Steve & Annette Economides interviewed by Elizabeth Vargas. Debt in America — Flat Broke and Borrowing

America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money is a great book for tips on every area of household Budgets!America’s Cheapest Family is ENDORSED BY:

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President George W. Bush presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to legendary radio personality Paul Harvey, one of 14 recipients of the 2005 Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005 in the East Room of the White House. White House photo by Shealah Craighead

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey read and endorsed America’s Cheapest Family!

“Of all the how to do it books ever written, the best and most constructively useful are The Bible, Voltaire’s Candide — and this one.”

PaulHarveyLetterSmall“The time is right, right now, for somebody to give us all a top sergeant lesson in practical economics: “There is no free lunch.”

“Congratulations, Annette and Steve Economides; I pray your readers will practice what you teach.”

Paul Harvey,  Legendary American Radio Broadcaster
and host of The Rest of the Story on the ABC Radio Network

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Author Endorsements!

Glinda Bridgforth “If your family is struggling with debt or you find yourself spending more money than you can legitimately afford, pick up and READ this book today! Implement the strategies you find and enjoy a lifetime free of financial anxiety!”
Glinda Bridgforth — financial coach, Oprah Debt Diet Consultant and bestselling author of Girl, Get Your Money Straight!; Girl, Make Your Money Grow! and Girl, Get Your Credit Straight!
LindaCobbQueenOfClean “Everybody, even a Queen, likes to save money. And the practical tips and tricks in this book by Annette and Steve Economides represent a royal treasury of great ideas. They’re practical, effective and anyone can benefit from the down-to-earth advice inside this wonderful book.”
obb — The Queen of Clean®, New York Times Best Selling Author of “Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean®”
HowardDayton America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money is a wonderfully practical and helpful book. The best part: authors Steve and Annette Economides have been living these principles you will learn in this easy to read book. I heartily recommend it to all those who want to be faithful in handling money God’s way.”
Howard Dayton — Radio Talk Show Host, author of Your Money Counts and Co-Founder of Crown Financial Ministries and
Founder of Compass—Finances God’s Way
archie_richards Steve and Annette Economides’ last name just happens to match what they do joyously and well: Economize. The word “cheap” attracts attention, but it’s misleading. With five children, this family eats well, dresses well and has wonderful times together, all for amazingly little money. A pleasure to read, this book gives superb practical advice—lots of it—about money. It also teaches how to save time, cut stress, and enhance relationships. This wise and sensible couple are models for a life of joy and fulfillment, not to mention good parenting. It’s the best how-to-live book I’ve ever read, by far.”
Archie M. Richards, Jr. — syndicated columnist and the author of Understanding Exchange-Traded Funds.
Wilson Jody Humber author and financial planner “Having known this couple since 1988, I can tell you everything they say works and is true.  Steve and Annette have a heart for God and helping others.  I’ve seen them at their best and at their lowest, when true character is revealed.  Anyone wanting a handle on their finances can learn and profit from their principles. In America, 80% of us are slaves to our possessions. What the book doesn’t say directly is that living as an economizer builds character, marriages, families, and frees people to focus on what is important in life.”
Wilson J. (Jody) Humber, PhD, CFP — investment counselor and author of Dollars and Sense and The Financially Challenged.
ScottSummerville “As an attorney, I’ve represented thousands of hardworking families who are trying to make it in modern America on a single income.  This book breaks down any financial barriers that would prevent a family from home schooling or living on one income.”

Scott W. Somerville, Esq.— Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)


From the Editors at Barnes and Noble

“Radio broadcaster Paul Harvey praised this book as one of the three best how-to-do-it books it ever written; the other two are the Bible and Voltaire’s Candide. Even without such superlatives, it’s difficult to overestimate the frugality of this tightwad’s guide. Suffice it to note that the economy-minded Economides feed their family of seven on $350 a month! America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money covers every aspect of true cheapskate living: from shopping and menu planning to saving, taxes, reducing debt, and cutting back on utilities. Thrift-aholic heaven.”


Review from The Cincinnati Library

Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
Steve and Annette Economides
“‘Tis the season for …. spending way too much money. Need to put a halt to the draining of your finances? Take a good look at the advice of the Economides family: the use of a clear budget along with some common sense allows them to enjoy a debt-free life for themselves and their five children. They may convince you that a lot of small efforts can add up to big savings and relief from financial headaches.”

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I have read your books MANY times. I have read lots of money books, Dave Ramsey and others, but I have to say YOUR book is the best. It doesn’t “scare” me and is so clear and has so much info, I just love it! I am a stay at home mom of 2, and I just wanted to thank you for all the info your family puts out there for us…and for the WAY you explain it! It puts the whole picture of life and raising families in a fun way, instead of “save and suffer” kind of thing.