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HOW THEY DID IT

  • Dawid Jaworski, right, lets Miko, 16 months, taste some of the pasta he is making as his wife Priscilla Jaworski holds their son in their new home on the West side. The Jaworski's won money from the Redwood Credit Union's Amazing Saver contest which they put towards the purchase of their home.

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


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