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A dollar sure doesn’t buy what it used to anymore!

About the only place that I can think of where a dollar is still worth a dollar is at the local Dollar Tree store!  During 2011, the costs of all groceries went up, which means your spending power at the grocery store went down.  In 2011, the average cost increase for foods purchased to eat-at-home[…] Read More

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SNAP benefits can buy more than groceries! You can grow your own food from seeds and plants.

This time of year, the main aisles of grocery stores are filled with seed displays; and, in a few more weeks, fruit, vegetable and herb plants will appear just outside their main entrances.  I am always drawn in by the colorful photos and overwhelming selection.  One day I hope to actually build a raised bed[…] Read More

Buying an Easter ham, eggs (and mayo), and a chocolate Easter bunny would be easier if you had an extra $16

Family traditions and get-togethers can make for an enjoyable Easter.  In my household, regardless of one’s age, we have a hardboiled egg-smashing contest, an Easter egg hunt with egg-by-egg clues until reaching a sugary prize at the very end, and my personal stash of Jelly Belly jellybeans. Many families come together for potluck meals where[…] Read More