Life on the Cheap
With a little effort, you still can live and eat well on your shrinking dollars.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
By now we all know the realities of an economy on the edge of recession: Gas at $4 a gallon. Eggs for $3.50 a dozen. Less discretionary income.
Not to mention that if we are lucky enough to own a home, a seemingly daily drop in its value and any plans to refinance or take out a home equity loan pretty much are in the tank.
And since President Bush admitted April 29 that “if there was a magic wand to wave, I’d be waving it” to lower gas prices, we are left to our own devices to make ends meet. Neither the government nor fairy dust is about to give us a break.
With that in mind, the Weekly is here to help. No, we can’t pay your bills for you, but we can help you stretch your precious dollars so you can get the most – or at least more – bang for your buck.
Our intrepid staff sought out some of the best places for inexpensive yet tasty lunches and dinners; places to maintain your signature look without going into hock; the best locations for designer duds at pauperish prices; free or cheap entertainment, where to get a quality but affordable caffeine fix, and more.
The bad times can’t go on forever (read: a new president come January).
So for now, hold off breaking into your kid’s piggy bank or letting your hair go gray, and check out some bargains that can help you bridge the gap until the good times roll again.