For the first time in more than a decade, School Nutrition has moved publication of its popular annual personal development issue from spring to January. After all, what better time to focus on self-improvement than the new year with its traditional attention on goals and resolutions? Sure, cynics scoff at the worth of this annual rite, but many people need the fresh-slate motivation that comes with a new calendar. Plus, as the bills come in from your holiday-related spending, it’s an ideal occasion to get serious about money management. When you get your credit card statement this month, will you pay it off in full? If not, this issue is for you. Have you started saving for your possible long-term care needs? If you’re just keeping your fingers crossed against future medical crises, this issue is for you. Do you think a CD is simply the name of an outmoded way to deliver your music? If so, this issue is for you. Can you name the amount you spend each month on groceries versus eating out? If you have only a vague idea, this issue is for you. How familiar are you with the contents of your pantry? If you’d be surprised by some of the discoveries, this issue is for you. Have you ever shared some of your regular household bills with your children? If they have no concept of how much it costs to heat the house in winter-time, this issue is for you. Resolve to read all the articles in this month’s School Nutrition—as well as our online Bonus Web Content (www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazinebonuscontent)—as you commit to improving your dollars and sense in 2015. Editor’s Note: The articles in this issue are intended to provide general information on managing personal finances and are not substitutes for consulting with a qualified financial planner, debt relief counselor or other expert, who can help you make important decisions that will affect your future.
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