recession survival guide
This might seem like a strange way to save money -- but sometimes you need to stimulate the economy a little.
I grew up on movies. Hot summer nights, my parents would take me and my sister to the movies to enjoy the air conditioning not available elsewhere (like our house). Now we are fully climate-controlled, but I still need a regular movie fix. In Southern California, however, movies can top $12 in a theater.
I used to always pack my kids' lunches, secure that what I could give them was healthier than what they would get at school and was saving us money, too.
You don't have to go into major debt to have a cute party favor at your next party.
Kids are feeling the pain of the recession and it's their teachers who are noticing.
I'm not sure what I did before the Internet. I guess I just filled my days churning my own butter and putting up preserves. No, I know what I did. I actually went into stores and interacted with real live people. That sounds better than it was.
Well, we did it. It's been an unusual week. Not only were we eating and shopping differently, but I was writing and taking pictures more often, and we were even on the local news. But we were successful. We shopped, cooked, and ate from the 99 Cent Only Store -- only. How much did we save?