The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition will be hosting their first annual “Real World” camp for kids on Monday, March 12, 2012 for the first responding 150 sixth graders in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas at the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy . They will also be hosting the camp in Fargo on May 15. This all day event will challenge children to tackle the financial responsibilities of “grown ups”. This event can only happen with the support of community leaders who believe in the importance of financial literacy to the children of our community.

They are looking for business sponsors and volunteers for the events. They are also looking for community leaders to participate as a business in the “Real World” city. The children will have a budget sheet with various expenses and income they receive. They need businesses to share what they do with the children and assist with their situations that occur. They are looking for businesses such as Automotive, EMT, Food, Entertainment, Finance, Utilities, Healthcare, Daycare, Clothing, Education and Charity.

Volunteers will be needed primarily though-out the event from 8 am – 5 pm and the participating “Real World” businesses that would only be needed from 12-4pm.

See the ND Jumpstart site for more information. Or contact Amy at or fax 701-250-3055.

Posted in Budgeting, Saving
Nancy Kvamme

One way to cut your expenses besides cutting coupons is to keep an eye on prices. As in this articleshe talks about knowing what regular prices are to know if you are getting a deal. Once you know what the regular prices are for items you will be able to see when they are on sale and can stock up then. If you happen to have coupons for the items when they are on sale you can get an even better deal.

Some stores mark down items when they are getting close to the sell by date. Even if you think you cannot use the items by the expiration date, many items can be stored in the freezer until you can use them.

Saving a few dollars here and there may not seem like a lot but over time it can add up to substantial savings.

Nancy Kvamme