The ConneXfactor contestants are all making such great progress! Robert’s saving tip reminded us of our blog about free library services. You can even check your local library for free passes to area museums.
Robert is continuing to be on the track for his goals. Besides making coffee at home and buying food in bulk Robert tries to entertain himself by going to activities that don’t cost money like going to town fairs and local parks. Getting free movies from the library and books that don’t cost anything is another way to entertain himself. Robert just started direct deposit with his new employer and is working hard to meet the set goals to win the competition. –Gezim Stroka, Meriden Branch Manager
Cristina has continued to be successful sticking to her budget. This is keeping her on track toward paying down her debt. One of her biggest accomplishments thus is that she has paid off almost $1,000 in principle on her credit card! This is a huge step toward her goal of paying off her credit card completely before the challenge is over. Cristina has been extremely disciplined in her spending and has been able to live off her income without needing to use her credit card for everyday transactions. This impressive restraint has been a big key to her success thus far in the challenge. –Troy Cassidy, Branford Branch Manager
Susan’s 31 day challenge from last week has been going well. So far Susan has earned $15 for old clothes and toys that her daughter no longer used. Susan was able to find new affordable cloths for her daughter to wear. The good thing about toddlers is that they aren’t too picky about what they wear. Susan is mindfull that when shopping for a toddler knowing that they will outgrow these clothes quickly. –Frank Pomarico, Hamden Branch Manager
The school year is winding down and the transition to summer break begins. Janet is facing a struggle that many parents have with school ending and the gap before summer camp begins. How many options does a parent really have in these situations? Essentially, Janet is forced to take a week off from work to fill this gap since summer camps haven’t started yet. She is getting creative and finding ways to have fun but not spend a lot of money. She is making the best of her “stay-cation” and is planning exciting activities including pitching a tent in her brother’s back yard and visiting grandparents in Boston. –Melissa O’Connor, Guilford Branch Manager