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Standing Up for My 50 cents is worth every Penny

This morning I went to one of my local chain supermarkets to pick up a few things. The cost of a head of iceberg lettuce was $2.49. I decided it was time to go to the produce store where I knew the food was fresh and cheaper. As I suspected the cost of head of lettuce was $1.49 that savings was worth the trip. I put the lettuce in my basket, but I noticed the clerk came and took the sign away and came back and re-posted it (or so I thought). I proceeded to get the rest of my veggies and I proceeded to the checkout. When the same clerk rang my food up the lettuce price had gone from $1.49 to $1.99. I said whoa that lettuce is $1.49 he then told me the price has gone up. He said “”lettuce is expensive”. I said I know that and I also know when I came in this store that lettuce was $1.49. I guess he weighed his options get the additional fifty cents or lose the entire order. He elected to give me the $1.49 price and move on. In this day and time every penny counts. No fifty cent is not a deal breaker, but right is right. Far too often in larger stores you see posted signs only to get to the checkout and find the price being charged is different from the checkout price, but the signage is different. Why am I writing this? Because as consumers we have to be diligent in watching that cash register. We need to make mental notes of the price of things we put in our baskets. I’m not saying this is a conspiracy against us I am just saying watch the register because every penny counts, and you don’t want to part with yours because somebody made a mistake or somebody decided to change a price while you are on your way to checkout.

Are our Kids too Fat or are we making them crazy?

Today at church I heard an average size little girl call herself “fat”. She was not even slightly overweight but she perceived herself as fat. Her Sunday School teacher walked over to her and said you are not fat and you are beautiful. As I walked away I wondered whether we are driving our kids crazy? Why would this girl think she was fat? She thinks this because we have told her so if not in word in deed. If you have ever watched any of the programs geared toward teens you will find girls being defined by their weight by their friends and their enemies. ABC Family has a new show coming on called HUGE which is about obese teens at a weight loss camp. In the promos the main character refuses to hate herself because she is fat. So is this what we want to promote self-hatred? Yes, this country has a childhood obesity problem, but everyone is not obese and with the right motivation those that are can become healthy, but how much stress are we putting on our children? Are we encouraging our children to try to lose weight quickly or are we trying to promote healthy eating habits?   I definitely don’t have the answers. My own daughter has asked me to buy her Slim-Fast. Which I won’t, but I know that I can’t just dismiss her concerns. I know she is not fat but everything around her celebrates the Size 0. As a parent I want to fight childhood obesity, but there has got to be a happy medium between Size 0 and obese, and I will keep looking for it.