The Food Bank's consignment table at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market contains fresh food grown by local gardeners throughout the city. People shopping for produce can get healthy foods on a budget.
Customer Lee Fitzhugh searches the produce at the Santa Cruz River Farmers Market. The farmers markets, put on by the Food Bank, take SNAP benefits, and the organic produce is cheaper than that sold in stores.
Junk food can make mealtime easy. And I admit it's often tasty.
The Just Between Friends consignment sale is set up like a department store with all the clothes hung by size and gender.
Catherine Byars organizes and tags her children's clothes to get ready for the Just Between Friends sale, a maternity and children's consignment sale.
It can be hard to keep clothes that fit on your kids' backs when they grow as fast as they do - especially when you're on a budget.
If you're hosting Thanksgiving, you should be worrying about how you're going to fit all those people around the table, how to make pie crust and what time dinner will be ready - not how you're going to afford everything.
Tun Win, a crew chief at the 99 Cents Only Store, 7125 E. Golf Links Road, stocks mushrooms.
Betty Baker plucks a box of cherry tomatoes in the produce department at the 99 Cents Only Store. Ian Thielke stocks vegetables at right. With grocery costs creeping up, shoppers are turning to the inexpensive chain of dollar stores.
I'll admit it. I shop at the dollar stores. I know that when some of you think of dollar stores, you think dirty, cheap junk.
"Many people do not have the cash flow to stock up the way you
do. The economy has really hurt the budget of the average family
and they are no longer able to shop the way they used to, such as
taking advantage of the sales and buying extra.