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Poverty or hard times can make people find creative ways to be frugal. Those thrifty habits can also be passed down to future generations. Many of us in Native America know how to stretch a limited budget. Some thrifty folks are very knowledgeable about saving money and do extensive research before they even go grocery shopping. Others go without certain items because they know they don’t really need it. We want to hear your story. Are you a person who gets a rush from clipping coupons or seeing 75 percent off signs at the stores? Are your kids embarrassed by your thriftiness? Do you think being thrifty is different than being cheap? What lessons in frugality are you passing on to your children or grandchildren?
Naomi Magee (Navajo) – social worker
Jenn Owyhee (Shoshone and Paiute) – community couponer
Wade Fernandez (Menominee) – musician and father
Dr. Per Cap – financial education consultant