1. Buy the cereal in a bag brand, then "cut" it - mix in 1 minute quick oats.
2.(How many times have I done this?) Color in scuffs on your shoes with a marker. (The night before if you don't want the smell to tell on you.)
3. When grocery shopping, keep an eye out for the pink "WIC" stickers. These foods are usually a good buy.
4. When grocery shopping, note the price per ounce of the item you are buying.
For instance, ice creams vary between 4 cents and 30 cents per ounce.
5. Five dollar jewelry is usually thirty dollar jewelry that has been linked wrong.
With a tiny pair of beading pliers, your personalized adjustment to your jewelry can make it look like sixty dollars.
6. Avoid buying gas from a station near a highway since they charge more.
7. Shoe polish your leather shoes for Christmas or Easter, oil the leather any other time you want to look neat. You won't smell like polish, and the leather will look smoother and more expensive.
8. Updating your wardrobe with accessories is cheaper than updating your wardrobe with clothes.
9. Utilities on an apartment is usually much cheaper than utilities on a house.
10. When you buy new clothing, check the care tag to see if it is machine washable.
"So," I said to Sean. "What do the kids say now a days:"
Sean squinted. "What?"
"What do the kids say now a days?" I persisted. I say something is cool and that works for everybody forty and above. They know exactly what I mean. But if I say that to a teen or twenty-something they pull a face."
"You know, they look at me like I just said 'Neato, ain't that the bees knees.'"
Sean laughed. "Well," he said, "you could say, 'that's tight, yo,'"
I said I wasn't going to be saying "yo" anytime soon. So Sean said, "or we say Aw-ready."
"OK," I said. "Like All ready to go?
"No," said Sean. "Like I AW-Ready know."