ITS HARD ENOUGH FOR SINGLE FOLKS TO STICK TO A BUDGET WHEN GROCERY SHOPPING….
BUT IT’S CRUCIAL FOR FAMILIES, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH MULTIPLE CHILDREN…
AMBER SMALL HAS FOUR KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN…. AND SHE’S DEVELOPED A SYSTEM FOR STRETCHING HER DOLLARS……
":First things first….let’s grab some apples. When you have four kids, there is no such things as a normal shopping trip":
AMBER SMALL IS SHOPPING FOR 6 PEOPLE….HERSELF, HER HUSBAND AND FOUR KIDS UNDER THE AGE OF 7….
":We try to do 200 dollars a week….we try! And that’s for 6 people That’s for 6 people and that includes everything.":
":What else do we always get at the grocery store Do you see anything that we always get":
COLETTE SABBAGH IS A MOTHER OF TWO GIRLS…AGES SIX AND SEVEN…
SHE’S ALSO A PEDIATRICIAN….PART-TIME….
":I STARTED AS WORKING FULL TIME AND THEN MADE THE SHIFT TO PART TIME AFTER MY OLDEST CHILD WAS BORN.":
DR. SABBAGH SAYS SHE WANTS TO WORK….BUT ALSO WANTS TO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME WITH HER KIDS….
SO SHE WORKED OUT A SCHEDULE AT HER PRACTICE TO WORK HALF DAYS…FIVE DAYS A WEEK…..
":10 OR 20 YEARS AGO DO YOU THINK THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE NO, THAT CERTAINLY WASN’T WHAT I SAW WHEN I WAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESIDENCY OF THE WOMEN PHYSICIANS THAT WERE MY MENTORS. I DID NOT SEE THE KIND OF FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES THAT WOMEN HAVE TODAY":
DR. PATTI COLETTE HAS QUITE A RESUME…SHE BECAME A COLONEL IN THE MILITARY….SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE OFFICER IN THE 82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION…AND SHE’S A MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN….
18 YEARS AGO…SHE LEFT ACTIVE DUTY….TO HAVE A CHILD….BUT STILL WANTED TO WORK….
":SO I WANTED TO RUN A WAREHOUSE, OR RUN A MANUFACTURING PLANT OR RUN A LINE IN A MANUFACTURING PLANT, BUT THEY JUST DIDN’T HIRE PEOPLE PART TIME TO DO THAT":
AND FULL TIME JUST DIDN’T WORK FOR DR. COLETTE. SO SHE FOUND A PROFESSION THAT ALLOWED SOME FLEXIBILITY AND EDUCATION.
SHE EARNED HER PH-D AND BECAME A COLLEGE PROFESSOR…..
THESE WOMEN AREN’T ALONE…ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY PEW RESEARCH…..
60 PERCENT OF WORKING MOTHERS IN 2007…WOULD PREFER TO WORK PART TIME…THAT WENT UP 12 PERCENT IN JUST TEN YEARS…..
FULL TIME WORK SEEMS TO BE LOSING IT’S APPEAL FOR MOTHERS…..
":IT WAS WAY HARDER THAN IT WAS MADE OUT TO BE, TO BALANCE A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS":
":WOMEN ARE REALIZING YOU CAN TRY TO HAVE IT ALL BUT YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL AND SO YOU HAVE TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO.":
OF COURSE THERE ARE WOMEN WHO ARE VERY HAPPY HAVING A FULL TIME CAREER AND KIDS…..AND OTHERS WHO REALLY HAVE NO CHOICE….
Trash cans were thrown onto the elementary school lawn, and piles of garbage were set on fire.
Police say mail boxes and paper delivery boxes were also destroyed.
Windows were broken, and at least one business was spray painted.
":I think everybody wants to cut costs more these days…so I’d be interested in that, and how to be more efficient, i think, that would be great.":
Amber small has two hundred dollars to spend on groceries for 6 people…
And she’s looking for any way to help her family eat well on a budget…
Some supermarkets, like Hannafords, run programs like the guiding stars program, to help folks identify healthy foods…
They even have registered dieticians on hand to help with their shopping….
Small says she looks for store name brands, and unit pricing when she shops…
But Kate Yerxa, from the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension program, says there are other things small could be doing to help cut her overall costs….
":If you’re working with a family who is trying to save money on food, it seems like an overwhelming task, initially….but if you break it down in to steps, it can be very manageable.":
":One is to really identify the budget you’re working with.":
":The next step would be to plan your meals….what are you planning on having and usually its easiest to plan your largest meal first.":
":What’s on sale what stores do you normally shop at and sometimes it can be beneficial to look at other stores to kind of compare prices.":
":What foods did you make for your larger meal that you can have as sort of a planned over meal or what parts do you know you’ll have a lot of extra of, and how can you incorporate that in to your meal plan so you’re gonna stretch your food dollars":
And most importantly, try to come up with a list before you go shopping….
":Stick to your list….because it can be really easy to find those impulse items.":
Getting creative with what you buy can also save you money…..
":Its absolutely ok to purchase canned or frozen foods…that can be a good way to make sure you’re getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day.":
And freezing fresh produce can help stretch out what you buy….
":That’s a good way to preserve the harvest and make those fresh fruits go longer, and enjoy them.":
":Buying in bulk is a great thing, and it sounds like you have the storage capacity to do that…and its also important if you buy in bulk to make sure you read the dates that the food will expire.":
If you buy in bulk, Yerxa says it’s important to store the food correctly….
":Purchase food products, dairies, fruits and vegetables…so this will help you stretch those bulk items that you purchase. great!":
With a little bit of time and planning, you can save some extra money, and manage to eat well on a budget, too.
":Even those small things will help make the transition a little bit easier—its very doable!":
In part one of our series on Working Moms, we pointed to a study conducted by Pew Research in 2007 that found that 60 percent of working mothers would prefer to work part time: up 12% in 10 years.
30-year-old Sharon Alley was born with her legs behind her ears. She was born in that awkward shape because of a disease similar to M.S.
The disease affects the muscles, tissues, and nerves of Sharon’s body.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office says a 43-year-old man was killed when he was apparently run over by two cars after lying down in the middle of well-traveled road.
According to Sheriff Randall Liberty, deputies got a call about 3 a.m. Saturday of an intoxicated man on Route 17 in the town of Chelsea.
According to the state energy office’s weekly survey released Monday, the average cash price for a gallon of heating oil is $2.80, $.03 lower than a week ago and $.82 lower than early October.
A number of DirecTV local channel subscribers have contacted us concerning the quality of our signal on the service. Specific concerns are audio-video synch (sound not matching with picture) and technical ":glitches": in the signal.
Mount Desert Island residents gathered for a rally in Bar Harbor Sunday.
They wanted to address what they say is a rare hate crime in their community.
Two effigies, both painted black,were found hanging from trees the day after the Presidential election…there is speculation that the figures may have referenced President-elect Barack Obama.
Those plans are in, and the Department of Transportation could be one of the hardest hit, having to cut $39,000,000.
Transportation Commissioner David Cole submitted the DOT’s proposal, which includes nearly 150 job cuts.
Maine’s turnout was 70%, based on unofficial and still-incomplete figures from vote-counting sources. In the presidential race four years ago, nearly 74 percent of Maine’s eligible voters cast ballots.
In the other northern New England states, Vermont had a 65% turnout and New Hampshire had70%.
The Maine Warden Service has recovered the bodies ofboth ofthe men who went missing after their boat sank in a Piscataquis County lake.
According to the warden service, four lifelong friends from Dover-Foxcroft were crossing First Buttermilk Pond in Bowerbank at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday when their boat began taking on water.
None of the company’s stores in Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont were on the closure list, but Circuit City said said it filed out of concern that vendors would not ship goods to the stores for the holiday shopping period.
The crash happened just before 4pm on the Middle Road.
Two vehicles collided and rolled over.
The deceased is identified as 38-year-old Julie Maloy of Rangley. Police say she was thrown from the pick up truck, which was registered in her name.
The current majority leader, Sen. Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro, won the caucus nomination as Senate president Monday evening. Because the Democrats have a majority, her nomination assures her election to the Senate’s top spot.
A double homicide trial will begin next
month for a 22-year-old man charged with killing a former high
school classmate and then fatally stabbing his own father six days
John A. Okie’s trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 8 in Kennebec
Two skunks have been confirmed to have
rabies in central Maine and animal control officers say there’s
concern that other wild animals might have the disease.
Animal control officer Howard Morang said two dogs are now in
At a time when most airlines are cutting
back flights, low-fare carrier Allegiant Air is expanding its
flight schedule out of Maine.
Allegiant last year began offering nonstop jet service between
Barber Foods Co. is recalling 41,415
pounds of frozen chicken products after consumers complained of
finding pieces of rubber in the products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall applies to