Sinora Wright

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

Some stores, like Kmart, Toys R Us, Sears, and Wal-Mart, offer free layaway for Christmas shoppers in October. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Take Advantage Of Early Christmas Shopping Deals

One of the hottest holiday promotions this year is already in full swing. Major retailers are slashing layaway fees, in order to reel in early Christmas shoppers.

CBS 2–10/16/2012

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Survive This Economy: Refinancing Your Home Loan

A recent survey reveals that nearly a third of Chicago area homeowners are still underwater – meaning they owe more money on their mortgage than their home is worth. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports, even if you don’t have equity in your home, there is help available if you want to refinance your home loan.

CBS 2–08/21/2012

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Survive This Economy: Dumping Cable Or Satellite TV

It’s hard to “Survive This Economy” when the cost of cable and satellite TV is so high.

CBS 2–08/16/2012

Sinora Wright and her daughters shop for back-to-school clothes at Once Upon A Child, a resale store in Naperville. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Shopping For Back-To-School Clothes

It’s the start of the back-to-school shopping season, and this year, more and more bargain hunters are heading to resale, consignment, and thrift stores.

CBS 2–08/07/2012

A Man Uses A Computer Mouse. (AP Photo)

Survive This Economy: Brushing Up Your Job Skills To Re-Enter The Workforce

A lot of stay-at-home moms who are trying to survive this economy are jumping back into the work force, but it can be a challenge. Just ask Sinora Wright. The suburban mother of four is working to increase her chances of being hired.

CBS 2–07/24/2012

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

Sinora Wright (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Shifting From Homemaker To Working Mom

To survive this economy, many stay-at-home moms are looking to rejoin the workforce, but for moms like Sinora Wright – who last held a full-time job seven years ago – jumping back into the job market can seem daunting.

CBS 2–07/10/2012

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

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

Sinora Wright (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Many Stay-At-Home Moms Looking To Rejoin Workforce

Getting a job in this economy is tough enough, but imagine looking for a job after being out of the workforce for seven years. More than 5 million mothers opt to be stay-at-home moms, but many of them have begun looking to re-enter the workplace.

CBS 2–05/29/2012

Homemade cleaning products made from ingredients like white vinegar, Borax, lemon juice and Castile soap can be just as effective as name-brand products from the store, at a fraction of the cost. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Using Homemade Cleaning Products

Four ingredients – that’s all you need to cut the cost of cleaning your home. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker says they are four things you probably already have, and one of them is free.

CBS Chicago–05/08/2012

Auto mechanic Rich Reichenberger (right) talks to Sinora Wright about brake repairs for her Ford Fusion. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Do Your Homework Before Getting Car Repairs

he price of gas isn’t the only worry for drivers. Unexpected repairs can really add up. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker explains how to find a good mechanic for the best price.

CBS 2–03/27/2012

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

Atmosphere at the celebration of Lancome video makeup artist and YouTube star Michelle Phan's first public appearance during Fashion's Night Out at Sephora Fifth Avenue on September 10, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/Getty Images for Lancome)

Survive This Economy: Looking Good For Less

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes Sinora Wright shopping for makeup, in the latest installment of a series about a Chicago area family going on a financial diet.


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

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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

A Nicor Home Services technician cleans the Wright family's furnace to keep it running properly for the winter. (Credit: CBS)

Survive This Economy: Checking Your Furnace

As the temperature drops outside, the cost of keeping warm inside goes up. Remember the Wrights? The suburban couple has four kids. Their furnace wasn’t working the way it was supposed to, so CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker helped them get in touch with an expert to see what he could do.

CBS 2–12/15/2011

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

Montage Of Credit Cards. (AP Graphic)

Survive This Economy: Tackling Credit Card Debt

Every week on CBS 2, we’re trying to help you, “Survive This Economy.” Today, we tackle a problem millions of us have – credit card debt.

CBS 2–11/15/2011