I am constantly seeing chefs and health/nutrition experts on TV claiming it’s a myth that it costs a lot to eat a healthy diet. They go through all of these examples to disprove this “fallacy,” which usually involve some really unbelievably low prices for the healthy options. Well, sorry—I’m just not buying it.
Granted, maybe they live/shop in an area with more grocery shopping options, or in a region where the warmer climate makes fresh produce easier to get (and therefore more affordable). But that’s not the case in my area.
The food shopping options within a 25-mile radius of my home consist of a Walmart and two mid-sized grocery stores that are part of a regional chain. Despite the fact that I’m a pretty savvy shopper, I’ve been unable to buy nutritious grocery items without spending a fortune. (more…)
US News released their annual list of the most expensive schools in the country for in-state students, and once again two Pennsylvania schools top the list. In fact, they’re nearly tied–separated by less than $200. Since these schools often offer very limited financial aid, this is a good reminder that students can often make out better financially by choosing a private school that is more generous with aid packages.
The Kids for Cash movie hit theaters this week. This film focuses on the real-life corruption case in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in which two corrupt judges conspired to profit from sending kids often to a detention center, often for months at a time. The young people had mostly committed minor offenses, such as getting into a snowball fight, yet received extremely harsh sentences. Many of these kids were from low-income families as had no legal representation. For many of them, their lives were ruined. Some committed suicide, while many others were unable to get a job or finish school. The judges were finally caught and prosecuted, along with many other county officials. The one silver lining: all kids in the county are now required to have an attorney when appearing in court.
In news that probably won’t surprise anyone (at least, none of us Broke Parents) the NY Times recently did a report that found low-income students face a huge struggle in the quest to attend—and more importantly, finish—college. The story found that a large percentage of those who do manage to start college end up dropping out, usually after incurring a lot of student loan debt which will continue to haunt them long after they’ve given up on their dreams of becoming a college graduate. For those of us who have struggled to get kids through school, we know that there needs to be more resources and support systems to help these students (and their parents).
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