Steve & Annette Economide

Acclaimed, Common Sense, Personal Finance Strategies!; NY Times Best Selling Authors; The Money Smart Family

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Steve and Annette Economides (Econo mee' dis) were married in 1982. At that time, Steve worked as a graphic designer earning $6.50 per hour, while Annette stayed home to figure out how to stretch their pennies until they begged for mercy. In just » Read Full Bio

Steve and Annette Economides (Econo mee' dis) were married in 1982. At that time, Steve worked as a graphic designer earning $6.50 per hour, while Annette stayed home to figure out how to stretch their pennies until they begged for mercy. In just nine years, on an average income of just $35,000 they purchased and paid-off their first home. They have also paid cash for all of their cars, taken fabulous debt-free vacations, spent only $350 per month to feed their family of seven, and put their kids through college without any school loans. Steve and Annette became frugality experts out of necessity, but it has now become a game for them to get the best quality products for clearance-sale prices.

In 2004 the Economides family was invited to appear on Good Morning America, it was then that host Charlie Gibson affectionately dubbed them America's Cheapest Family. This appearance led to the publishing of their first book, "America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money."

Steve & Annette are NY Times Best Selling authors of three books and are recognized internationally as family finance experts. They have appeared on many national TV shows including: Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC's 20/20, Fox TV's Your World with Neil Cavuto and The Dr. Phil Show. They are regularly quoted on radio, in newspapers and have been featured in magazines such as Good Housekeeping, People and Real Simple as well as profiled on Yahoo and MSNBC.

Their expertise encompasses helping families get out of debt; debt-free living; finding deals on almost every household expense; saving huge amounts of money on groceries; teaching kids to be financially independent; paying for college without student loans or debt.  

Steve and Annette’s interview style is down to earth and easy to understand. They’ll show you how they’ve done it, step-by-step, and how you can you too. If you follow their advice you’ll experience financial freedom, more money in the bank, debt-free living, better family times and lots more laughter.

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Four Keys to Your Family's Financial Success (Keynote)
It doesn't take a six-figure income to have a enjoyable life! Steve & Annette will motivate you to action with their four keys to financial success through: The Potential of Planning; The Revelations of Research; The Power of Persistence; and the Authority of Attitude. They teach practical, actionable ideas, with dozens of tips which you can start applying today. You'll learn how to keep more of what you earn, eliminate debt and invest in your future and those you love.
When is Enough . . . Enough? (Keynote)
Do you feel like your always running, always have an unending to-do list, and never have enough money to go around? Steve and Annette will walk you through evaluating your time, possessions, family relationships and your career to help you arrive at a place of peace. You'll come away with tons of practical ideas that will give you more time to do the things that matter most!
Building a MoneySmart Family, Tools; Rules and Jewels (Keynote)
A master homebuilder will have the right tools and know exactly how to use them as he constructs a beautiful new home. Building your financial future is no different. Steve and Annette describe the tools they've used for money management, time management and parenting to help them construct a debt-free life and raise a household full of financially independent, MoneySmart Kids.
Teaching Kids About Money Isn't Kids' Stuff, Raising Confident, Financially Independent Children (Breakout)
The USDA estimates it will cost $261,000 to raise a child through high school. Steve and Annette will show you how to successfully raise your children for a fraction of this cost. Since 1995, they have been teaching their kids to earn, save and spend their own money. They'll cover the system they've developed and how you can customize it to fit your own family's lifestyle. By training your kids (of any age) to handle money wisely they will be prepared to enter adulthood ready to soar. They'll also share the 8 bonuses their kids experienced by learning to stand financially independent.
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half, Without Becoming A Coupon Queen (Breakout)
Saving money on groceries is the fastest way for a family to generate excess cash! Do you need to be an Extreme Couponer, spending hours clipping and filing coupons, to gain maximum savings at the grocery store? "No," say frugal shoppers and NY Times Best Selling authors Steve & Annette Economides. They'll share how we feed a family of five for just $350 per month, as well as multiple ways you can save beyond clipping and sorting coupons. Just implementing a few of their many strategies will have a huge impact on your food budget, and could put $4000 back in your pocket each year.
Get Right On The Money with America's Cheapest Family (Breakout)
Steve and Annette Economides, share their easy-to-implement strategies that they have used since 1982 to live a debt-free, fun-filled life without feeling deprived. They'll cover many money-saving strategies and the single most important tool that any family can use to reach their financial goals. By utilizing these tools they paid-off their first home in 9 years, purchased all of their cars with cash and reached the American Dream in a very un-American way . . . without debt! Financial hope and freedom are within reach!
Debt Free College, Fantasy or Reality? (Breakout)
Steve and Annette Economides raised five kids and all of them have gone to college without student loans or massive tax-sheltered savings accounts. In this presentation Steve & Annette share the multiple strategies they've given their kids to achieve excellent grades, great test scores and to land huge scholarship awards and grants. These are tried and true methods for getting an excellent education and staying out of debt, all taken from their book, "The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of EVERY Age."
Raising Real Kids for the Real World (Breakout)
"Book Smart" kids may do well in school, but who will prepare them for the realities of life. Becoming "Life Smart" is critical for real-world success. Steve & Annette Economides have been teaching life skills to children since 1995 in the areas of personal responsibility; organization; personal appearance; attitude and work ethic. You can create an atmosphere of learning where everyday experiences are the vehicle to develop children into adults who excel in every area of life.
The MoneySmart way to Better Health and Medical Benefits (Breakout)
Unpaid medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy in America. Whether you have a curable or incurable medical condition, Steve & Annette will share practical tips for stretching your medical dollars and getting the care you need.


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