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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 28, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 14

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When they first launched forth on
the sea of matrimony the preacher's
salary was $8 a week. The stipend
was recently increased to $9.
They found, however, that it is
possible for a couple to live on $8 a
week and not want for any of the
necessities of life. They "even had
a balance of 90 cents a week.
"But I would not advise a young
couple to rush into matrimony on so
small an income as this," said the
minister's bride. "They could live on
it all right, providing they did not
pay more than $12 a month rent, but
they coujd not supply any of the lit
1 tie comforts .that make life worth
while."
Mrs. Goodwin's .husband is the
pastor of the Elysian Heights Naz
arene church of this city. He is' 20
years old and his bride is 191
"The secret of living on an $8-a-week
income," said Mrs. Goodwin,
"is eternal vigilance. Every penny
must count. We keep an accurate
statement of tmr' expenditures and
are systematic in our buying. . Of
course, it is possible others would
not care to live as economically as
we do, but we have all we want or
need." -
The Goodwins care little for meat
and seldom eat it, which is no small
factor in holding down expenses.
They haven't eaten an egg since the
price began to soar. As for staple ar
.ticles, they buy them in a lump
weekly, taking advantage whenever
possible of the "leaders" put forth
by various stores. A "leader" Is a
specially reduced article, offered as a
particular attraction by business
houses. .
There is no laundry bill in the
Goodwin household; excepting a
minor one for collars. The husband
cheats the laundry out of this money
by doing the washing himself. The
little wife does the ironing, with a
3.50 electric iron which she bought
as a special for $2.75, including a
75-cent grocery order. '
"We pay no rent," Mrs. Goodwin
said, "having the use of the parson
age freg. But In the place of rent
there is my husband'a insurance in a
religious organization to be kept up,
as well as medical treatment due to
an appendicitis operation which my
husband underwent a short time
ago.
"We have found out that $1 a
week will pay our fuel, gas, .water i
and light bills. We allow' $3.50 a
week for groceries and get along
'very well, Indeed. In other words, '
we eat fortTo cents a day.
"Our breakfast costs us 15 cents.
We do not eat eggs, nor drink coffee.
We buy cereal at 9 cents a package,
which lasts a week. Thus you see
the cost of our breakfast food is but.
one and a half cents per day for the
two of us. We allow 10 cents for
luncheon. A garden is growing in
our yard and will soon supply all.
vegetables. Dinner cpsts us 25
cents.. i This allows for meat' occa
sionally and gives us -an abundance
of substantial foodstuffs, such as .
beans and 'potatoes.
"For clothing and Incidentals we
expend 7 cents a week; for carfare,
25 cents.
"We believe in giving a tithe of a
tenth of one's income to the chprch,
and therefore se't. aside 80 cents a
week for that purpose. Thus, count
ing the money we spend for medicine
and insurance, our total expense is
brought Tip to $7.10 a week. This
leaves 90 cents extra, which we plants
in an emergency fund to be laid
away against sickness and unforseen
circumstances which may arisev
"The task of getting along on so'
little is no easy one. It means ex
treme frugality and constant count
ing of pennies, which? is tiresome and
at times seems mercenary.
"It is important that one., should
buy for cash at cash stores. You are
paying the groer'rlnterest any time
you trade with a house which does
business on the credit plan.
"It Is better for one to live eco
nomically than extravagantly. - Thi

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