I was so, so excited when this book by the Economides family arrived. After all, their subscription newsletter and many children make them seem like an updated Dacyzn story.
Perhaps that was my mistake--setting the bar too high. The book is enjoyable, with many sound money tips hearkening back to Crown Financial Ministries and Dave Ramsey. I just didn't love it like my Tightwad Gazette. I think there are certainly families who are cheaper than the Economides, only they aren't teaching workshops at homeschool conventions.
Highlights for me:
Money and kids: the Economides use a point system similar to ours, only our preschooler spends points instead of actual money.
Saving on food: both parents double-team the grocery in a once-a-month mega-shop--with coupons. No recipes or in-depth information about once-a-month cooking, though.
Family travel: The Economides detail an 18-day trip to Washington DC, dollar by dollar, down to buying a crockpot in a thrift store upon arrival.
By all means, check this book out from the library! Practiced budgeters might think twice before subscribing to a newsletter, though, especially since we can glean similar information online for free.