The government...heck even the whole world is screaming that we are in the stinker. All I know is that money is tight, but I am too darn creative to let a common thing such as money to get in the way of my creativity. (lets face it for as much as they say we don't have, I sure do see allot of it around)
And since I want to spend my money on things that are long lasting and enjoyable I have learned a few corners to cut so I may do so...sometimes.
Here is a cheap trick I learned from a lady at the supermarket. We were chatting over the prices of a can of soup and she gave me this tip.
To your can of clam chowder add some cooked cubed potato's and some milk, if it gets too thin mash up some of the potato's and it will thicken it up. This will bulk up your chowder and give your more servings.
Instead of having to buy two cans of soup I only have to get one now. And my family actually likes it better. It stretches that dollar a little further especially since I stock up when soup and potatoes are on sale.
Another thing I learned from this lady...open up, talk to strangers. You never know what you will learn.