The Teen-Age Consumer’s Guide
Dollars and Cents
This is something from my teen years. It’s actually the kind of thing my parents would want me to read. I just want to chuckle at the prices of the mundane items. 25 cents for school supplies? Since I was 15 years old in 1975, I feel confident in comparing my budget strategies from then.
I didn’t get an allowance, but I was babysitting and I detasseled corn. When I turned 15, I got a job at Baskin-Robbins and made a whopping $2.50 per hour. My go-to purchases centered on albums (I always wanted to get into the Columbia record club, but I was warned off), cosmetics (remember Bonne Bell Lip Smackers?) and clothes, since my mother didn’t understand that JC Penney jeans were not that cool.
The other feature of this book is the resume advice. Try not to cringe. I really didn’t understand what a resume was until college. When I was a teen, most jobs were “fill out an application and we will call you.”
Fifteen year old me would not find this book particularly helpful. Old librarian me thinks it’s a weeder.