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Marcus and Sinora Wright sit down with psychologist and life coach, Dr. Amy Johnson, to talk about their family finances. (Credit: CBS)

Wright Family’s Yearlong Financial Diet Saved Them Nearly $8,500

It’s hard to believe, but it was one year ago this week when CBS 2 introduced you to the Wright family, a suburban couple with four kids, trying to “Survive This Economy” by saving some serious money.

CBS 2–11/13/2012

Marcus and Sinora Wright (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Saving For Your Kids’ College Tuition

Trying to “Survive This Economy” and pay for your kids’ college education has become tougher than ever in recent years.

10/09/2012

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Survive This Economy: Be A Financial Role Model For Your Kids

Your kids are watching — that’s the reminder for parents from a financial expert who said, when it comes to money, and surviving this economy, you’re a role model for your kids, even if you don’t realize it.

CBS 2–09/25/2012

The bathroom tiles in the Wright home need repairs, and Sinora wants her husband Marcus to make the repairs himself to save money. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Do-It-Yourself Home Repairs

One way husbands can make their wives adoring fans it to take care of the “Honey Do” list.

CBS 2–07/19/2012

Montage Of Credit Cards. (AP Graphic)

Survive This Economy: Tackling Credit Card Debt

The Wright family is celebrating more than just the 4th of July today, they are celebrating their biggest payoff ever since CBS 2 started following their effort to “Survive This Economy” eight months ago.

CBS 2–07/04/2012

Marcus Wright is trying to lose 25 pounds to help reduce his cholesterol and blood pressure, and save money on his annual life insurance premium. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Cutting Your Life Insurance Premiums

It’s summertime and everyone wants to be in shape. You already know losing weight is good for your health, but CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports getting fit can also save you money on life insurance.

CBS 2–06/26/2012

Homemade kettle corn (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Homemade Summer Snacks

It’s the last week of school for kids in Chicago, and you know what that means: parents will soon be hearing “what’s there to eat?” all day long. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports the cost of all those snacks can really add up, so getting creative in the kitchen with your kids can save you a lot of money.

CBS 2–06/12/2012

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Survive This Economy: Save On Summer Movie Season

Summer means movie, but that can cost you a bundle, especially if you have kids like the Wrights, a suburban couple with four kids.

CBS 2–06/05/2012

Marcus Wright prepares to begin planting a garden outside his Bolingbrook home after buying plants at a garage sale to save money. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Gardening On A Budget

You want a great garden, but it’s tough if you’re on a budget. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker, with the help of experts, explains where gardeners can get high-quality plants at a very low cost.

CBS 2–05/15/2012

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Survive This Economy: Save Money On Summer Vacation

It’s that time of year. We’re all dreaming about summer vacation. But those trips can really drain your wallet, especially when you’re taking your kids, like the Wrights are.

CBS 2–05/01/2012

A leaking pipe for Marcus Wright's kitchen sink could force him to replace damaged insulation, drywall, tiles, and kitchen cabinets. Insurance will cover most of the costs, but he'll have to pay a $1,000 deductible. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Saving Now Can Pay Off When Unexpected Costs Hit Later

It’s tough being on a financial diet, but when the unexpected happens – as the Wright family just discovered – the pain in your wallet isn’t so bad, if you’ve been good.

CBS 2–03/13/2012

Marcus and Sinora Wright shop for Christmas presents for their four children. (Credit: Home Video)

Survive This Economy: Resolving Disputes Over Money

It’s one of the most common things couples fight about: money. Remember the Wrights? The suburban couple, with four kids, is on a financial diet; so they know how stressful it can be to save money, especially in this economy.

CBS 2–02/28/2012

Chef Kendra Peterson gives Sinora Wright some tips about planning ahead for family meals and cooking food for several meals at once so food is ready to heat up quickly on later days to save time and, ultimately, save money on groceries. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Plan Meals Ahead To Save Time, Money

With the cost of food going up, everyone is looking to save money in the kitchen. We’re not talking about clipping coupons, we’re talking simple solutions, something the Wright family is looking for.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

Marcus and Sinora Wright (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Cut Your Car Insurance Costs

Owning a car is expensive, especially in this economy; but the Wrights – a suburban couple with four kids — found a way to save more than $1,000 on their auto insurance.

CBS 2–02/09/2012

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Survive This Economy: Start Saving Early For Holidays

A lot of people are still taking down their holiday decorations, but one suburban family is already thinking about next Christmas and a new way they can save money.

CBS 2–01/10/2012

Marcus Wright's New Year's resolution is to increase his personal contributions to his 401(k) plan. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Retirement Planning

The New Year is a good time to think about new ways you and your family can “Survive This Economy.” Marcus Wright has one very important New Year’s resolution. He’s increasing his contribution to this 401(k) plan.

CBS 2–01/03/2012

Marcus and Sinora Wright shop for Christmas presents for their four children. (Credit: Home Video)

Survive This Economy: Cutting Back On Holiday Spending

This might be the hardest time of the year to “Survive This Economy”. No one knows that better than families, like the Wrights, a suburban couple with four kids.

CBS 2–12/29/2011

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Survive This Economy: Cutting Down On Your Electric Bill

It’s hard in this high-tech world to survive this economy, with all sorts of gadgets using up lots of electricity in our homes. CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker explains how you can save big on your electric bill.

CBS 2–12/20/2011

Marcus and Sinora Wright sit down with psychologist and life coach, Dr. Amy Johnson, to talk about their family finances. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Cutting Back On Fast Food

It’s been one exactly month since a suburban family took a new approach to “Survive This Economy.” Sinora and Marcus Wright like the convenience of fast food. It’s been the biggest obstacle to keeping their family on a financial diet.

CBS 2–12/08/2011

People shop at the Century City shopping mall in Los Angeles, California, for the day after Thanksgiving 'Black Friday' sales on November 26, 2010. Black Friday is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year and kicks off the holiday shopping season for retailers.(GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Survive This Economy: Black Friday Shopping

This might be the hardest time of the year to “Survive This Economy.” The holiday meals, travel and all that holiday shopping really add up.

CBS 2–11/22/2011

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