In their words, some of the key lessons learned by the five North Bay families who who competed in Redwood Credit Union's Amazing Savers contest:
ON BARGAIN HUNTING
I love clipping coupons and finding bargains. Every morning, I looked forward to emails from LivingSocial, Groupon and various other bargains. I realize now, in reading the "Psychology of Spending," I really didn't need any of what I got. Yes, I saved a lot of money, but I was spending money on things that I didn't need.
— Jennifer Lynch
ON GETTING SERIOUS
...I now know how to administer our money, something I didn't know before. I'm more (conscious) on what to spend on and what not to spend on. What we need and don't need but want...Cecilia and I discuss and plan on what expenditures to make with our paychecks. For example, we only go out to eat once a week, usually on Sundays after church. We started rebuilding our savings and vacation accounts that are currently at $1,300 from $500 earlier this year. Overall, what I value has changed in that we have become more serious about our finances...
— Antonio Flores