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Tales from a Not-So-Extreme Couponer
by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Military Saves Assistant Coordinator
Feeling the pinch at the register lately? It’s not your imagination – prices *are* going up. The Consumer Price Index (which essentially measures the change over time in the cost of a basket full of goods) for food went up 2.9% over the last year. Some items, such as meats, eggs and seafood went up a lot more than that – turkey went up 9.2%, eggs were up 9.5% and canned/shelf stable seafood went up a whopping 11.3%. Since you can’t just stop buying groceries, the trick is to shop smarter and be more discriminating.
Here’s how I save when I shop for groceries. I won’t be featured on any of the extreme couponing shows, but I do manage to keep our food bill within our budget.
Positive Peer Pressure and the Envelopes in the Cupboard: Adolescents Now Prioritizing Saving
By Andia Dinesen, AFC ®
Military Saves Coordinator
I started babysitting around the time I was 12 years old for the same reasons that most adolescents get jobs: to earn some money independently of the allowance my parents gave me and to become more adult. It wasn’t much money, mind you, about $2 per hour for a few times a week, but it was more money that I was used to seeing at that age. Thankfully I had someone looking out for me: my mom. Every night when I came home from babysitting, my mom made me put the money I had earned into envelopes.