CLOSED GIVEAWAY: Be CentsAble Book (Cut Your Household Budget!)

by Beth Montgomery on April 26, 2010 · 51 comments

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BeCentsAble.net was one of the leaders of the frugal revolution.   They introduced many of us to the tricks of couponing and help us find bloggers, like me, who cover stores in our area.

Chrissy Pate and Kristin McKee the creators of BeCentsAble.net just released a book to help others cut their household budget!   It covers saving money simply on so many topics including:

  • Groceries
  • Utilities
  • Cleaning
  • Pets
  • Travel
  • Gift Giving
  • Entertainment
  • Making Money
  • Budgeting

While the book is stacked full of tips on couponing, store incentive programs, and tips to save money, my favorite feature is the little additions that make it unique.   Chrissy and Kristin open up to share where they went wrong, so we won’t repeat their mistakes by adding little boxes through out the book with things to avoid. These little things taught even me, a seasoned pro, some new things or reminded me that I needed to get over my embarassment of holding up those behind me in line when I’m saving money couponing or price matching.

But, the added “Don’t Repeat Our Mistake” aren’t the only special notes throughout.   You can also find “Centsable Tips” to get a little added tip to help you save and “Myths” to get you over your frugal misconceptions.

So, are you ready to learn how to save big?   You can enter to win below or buy your own copy now for on sale for only $10.08!

- – Prize – -

One (1) lucky In Good Cents Reader will have a chance to win a Be CentsAble: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half book!

- – Enter Now! – -

Since the topic is frugal living, we’re going to use the first entry to share with each other our best frugal tips.   Tell me how you save money and cut your household budget. Get creative and share something unique, funny, or different that might help a newbie or even an old-pro cut their budget more.   It doesn’t have to be about grocery shopping.   It can be any topic – utility bills, cleaning supplies, pets, medical bills, travel, holidays, gifts, family time, or even nights on the down!   What’s your frugal tip? Leave a comment and let me know!

- – Bonus Entries – -

You can get up to 5 additional entries with each of the following methods:

  1. Follow In Good Cents on Twitter and tweet this:   I just entered! Enter to win the new book by @becentsable to cut your household budget via @InGoodCents at http://bit.ly/9ZY8N3. #GIVEAWAY
  2. Become a Fan of In Good Cents on Facebook.
  3. Subscribe via e-mail or RSS and confirm your subscription.   Already a subscriber?   That works too!   Leave a comment letting me know.
  4. Blog about frugal living, the Be CentsAble book, and this giveaway. Include a link back, so your readers can enter to win as well! Also, include a link to the post in your comment, so I can come visit.
  5. Grab my button from my sidebar and place it on yours. Include your website link in your comment.

Please, with each additional entry, leave a comment letting me know you did it!   All bonus entries are completely optional, but each gives you a greater chance of winning.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, April 30th at midnight Eastern time. Winners will be selected randomly through Random.org and announced here on Saturday, May 1st.

Disclosure: This giveaway was sponsored by BeCentsAble.net. I did not receive payment for this post.   I did receive one Be Centsable: How to Cut Your Household Budget in Half book for review.   However, as always, all opinions are my own, regardless of compensation. For more information, check out my disclosure policy.

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1 Jackie April 26, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I unplug everything and turn down the temp, makes a difference!

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2 Becca Larson April 26, 2010 at 10:06 PM

We make a game out of collecting coupons in the store while we are going thru shopping, my kids love to grab them, and the winner with the most gets to give the cashier the coupons we are using for the day. (That’s a big deal in my childrens eyes whom are all under 7.)

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3 Nikki M. April 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

I recently started playing the coupon game, and I love it! Something I was unprepared for was the amount of time it takes! I am a full time college student and work part-time. My husband works full time, so when I started couponing to save us that much needed money, it cut out on the time we got to spend together.
To make up for that lost time, I have included my husband in on our couponing adventures! We now sit down and clip out coupons together while watching our favorite TV shows or movies. We both enjoy this and he now understands how much work goes into all of the planning!

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4 Robin Shadrick April 27, 2010 at 9:56 AM

If you have a dog or cat that goes outside as well as comes inside they may pick up a flea or two on their outdoor adventures. My Frugal Tip would be to sweep the laundry detergent Multeam Borax into your carpets. Not sure why it works but it kills the fleas while not harming your pets, kids or carpets as pesticides would and this laundry detergent is much cheaper than sprays or foggers.

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5 Robin Shadrick April 27, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I follow you on Facebook

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6 Robin Shadrick April 27, 2010 at 9:58 AM

I subscribe to your daily e-mail feed…thanks for all your hard work you put into your blog!

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7 Meg April 27, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I keep the AC at 70 and the heat at 67. It’s not always the most comfortable, but it makes a difference, and I can layer/wear shorts around the apartment if I need to!

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8 Meg April 27, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I subscribe via RSS.
.-= Meg ´s last blog ..Oooh Pretty! =-.

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9 Diane April 27, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Never, EVER buy non-perishables such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, etc. unless they are on a fantastic sale AND you have coupons, then stock up like crazy to get your household through to the next time they’re on a great sale!

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10 Marla Y April 27, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I only buy if an item is at a good sale and/or I have a good coupon for it. I spend a alot of time planning out my grocery shopping, but it’s well worth it. My husband enjoys going with me and we just make a day of it, with lunch out and we pick up Papa Murphy’s pizza to take home and bake for dinner. It’s kind of like our once or twice a month “date day/night.”
Would love to win this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

koinonia572001@yahoo.com

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11 Marla Y April 27, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I follow In Good Cents on Twitter (nanatide). Thanks!

koinonia572001@yahoo.com

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12 Marla Y April 27, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Woops, I forgot to include that I tweeted with my last entry: http://twitter.com/nanatide/status/12965689490.
Thanks again!

koinonia572001@yahoo.com

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13 Marla Y April 27, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I am an email subscriber. Thanks!

koinonia572001@yahoo.com

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14 cynthia April 27, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I used to buy extra sunday papers to get extra coupons if there were a few good ones that day. but I’ve since discovered that you can buy coupons online. Spending 10 cents per coupon instead of 2.00 per paper is a way better deal.

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15 cynthia April 27, 2010 at 6:18 PM
16 cynthia April 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM

FB fan!

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17 cynthia April 27, 2010 at 6:19 PM

email subscriber.

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18 Kristi April 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

i’m an email subscriber, thanks for the great shopping deals!

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19 Dana April 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I put bayleafs around my windowsills and on the threshholds of my house. They keep the ants away and are harmless if the toddlers and cats pick them up. It costs a few dollars for a container of bayleafs, but they are much less expensive (and better for everyone) than pesticides.
Dana in Northern Lower Michigan
louiebear76@yahoo.com

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20 Kelly April 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I try to recycle everything I can and not be wasteful – use what I already have on hand!

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21 Kelly April 27, 2010 at 6:41 PM

I am an email subscriber.

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22 Kelly April 27, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I am a fan on Facebook.

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23 Sarah April 27, 2010 at 7:20 PM

i try to never go out to eat w/o a coupon/deal at the restaurant. also, i recycle like crazy & try to use what i have instead of buying more (esp. w/ those random ingredients you only use once w/ cooking).

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24 Sarah April 27, 2010 at 7:22 PM

fan on facebook

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25 shannon b April 27, 2010 at 11:07 PM

We have two dogs with hair that seems to grow at ridiculous speed somehow! Being a poodle and a schnauzer, both have distinct hairstyles, so we’ve always taken them to the (EXPENSIVE!) groomer for their fancy schmancy haircuts. We easily spent $80 every 2 months, which was just so painful to our budget. A few months ago, I worked up the courage to purchase our own dog grooming kit for about $30 at Walmart. We instantly saved $50 after the very first haircuts on our pups, and another $80 just a few weeks ago! It’s so much easier on our budget, and I’m proud to say that my poodle still looks like a poodle, and my schnauzer even has a great schnauzer cut, courtesy of yours truly. :) By the end of the year, we’ll have saved $450! WOOHOO!!!!

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26 Robin D April 27, 2010 at 11:34 PM

We unplug appliances and use CFL bulbs and of course coupons!

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27 Robin D April 27, 2010 at 11:37 PM

Following In Good Cents on Twitter!

TWEET!

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28 Robin D April 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

a Fan of In Good Cents on Facebook!

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29 Robin D April 27, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Subscribe via RSS!

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30 Ann H April 28, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I am an e-mail subscriber

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31 Chris April 28, 2010 at 10:05 AM

I am an email subscriber! :)

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32 Teresa Sexton April 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM

I save all our of junk mail (with non-pertinent info) and print my coupons on it! I’ve also switched my printer settings to print only in black so I’m not wasting that expensive color ink on coupons. Reuse padded envies and bubble mailers. Make your own laundry detergent, it’s cheap and fun!

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33 Teresa Sexton April 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Facebook follower!!!

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34 Teresa Sexton April 28, 2010 at 12:56 PM

Twitter follower! And retweeted!

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35 Teresa Sexton April 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Email subscriber!

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36 Angela Linan April 28, 2010 at 8:42 PM

Email subscriber!

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37 Angela L. April 28, 2010 at 8:44 PM

Facebook fan!

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38 Jenny April 28, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Just like we only buy most of our groceries when they are on sale and we have a coupon, we buy most all of our clothing only from clearance racks when we have a store coupon (ex. Kohl’s, GAP, etc.). Saves us a ton. Also only eat out where we have restaurant coupons.

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39 fireball1212 April 28, 2010 at 10:46 PM

I usually have way too many stores to hit up in a week, but have great coupon match-ups for some of them. My partner is great because if i can make a list and match up the coupons for her she will make a quick run to Target while I shop at Walgreen’s and Rite Aid.

I like to use the “scrap” paper from printing coupons to make lists of clearance or sale items for a specific store and then keep them in the respective store’s folder (with the current and last circular, sale lists and match-ups, rewards or gift certificates, and coupons). Then I can come
home and search for coupons for items that I scoped out on clearance.

If you live in a state where they charge bottle deposits, then DEFINITELY be diligent about collecting the bottles (emptied and rinsed) and return them. I like to take mine back to a store that gives you store credit slips and then put those slips in the back of one of my coupon books. After collecting them for a while (they don’t expire) a lean time inevitably comes around. If I sit on them for a while, then I have $50-$100 worth of store credit that I saved away.

I make an effort to give about 50% of the freebie or under a dollar deals to the local food pantry. Even if it is a candle, or stick-on nails for little girls, or cat treats… places like that can take pretty much anything (and they NEED it, too). If it is something like over the counter medications or razors, it would probably be best to find someone at a pantry/shelter/church assistance program that knows you. Some of these items can get thrown away if the organization cannot be sure of where it came from.

And remember, you can always send your expired coupons to military families. Google it and you will find more info.

If you make it a priority to keep in mind the people who are less fortunate than you, making and sticking to a budget is much easier. I find that when I give a portion of my coupon “income” I always have plenty left over.

fireball 12 12 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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40 fireball1212 April 28, 2010 at 10:47 PM

I subscribe through RSS

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41 Natalie April 29, 2010 at 9:34 AM

I’m an e-mail subscriber

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42 Natalie April 29, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I live near Houston, TX where we have many electric companies to choose from. About a year and a half ago, I went to http://www.powertochoose.com to compare rates from all available companies. I choose the one that I wanted and switched my service over to them. I also had my husband install a clothes line for me. By combining the two, I save an average of $100.00 a month.

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43 Brooke April 29, 2010 at 2:04 PM
44 Brooke April 29, 2010 at 2:05 PM

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45 Brooke April 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I follow you on email!

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46 Brooke April 29, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I save money on cleaners/going green by buying Shaklee H2 cleaner concentrate. One 10.00 bottle last all year! I mix three different bottles one for veggie/fruit, all purpose and windows.

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47 Karen April 29, 2010 at 7:25 PM

I subscribe by facebook.

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48 Karen April 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Fan on facebook.

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49 Karen April 29, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Follow on twitter.

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50 Karen April 29, 2010 at 7:28 PM

I print my coupons on already used printer paper. I just flip the side to print coupons out.

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51 Amy April 30, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Save your rewards on sites like Swagbucks and MyPoints and use them for holidays to save money on gift giving.

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