Consider yourself fortunate if your parents found clever ways to cut costs.
How difficult would it be not to buy another item of clothing -- even underwear -- for the next 12 months? Think of the money you'd save.
In the end, nearly everyone has to operate within some sort of financial guideline.
Maybe it really does take every dime to make ends meet. Or maybe you're not holding yourself accountable.
With a weekly food budget of $50, you could probably even squeeze in a restaurant meal.
As consumption soars, concerns grow about whether these beverages are safe and whether they're worth the price.
The average restaurant tip is now higher than it was before the recession began. And tip jars are popping up in previously unseen places.
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