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Lt. Governor Lawton announces "Barbara's Guide for Penny Pinchers"

Madison (WKOW) -- from Governor's Office:  Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton announced Monday a new website designed to provide Wisconsin consumers with information they need to help save money on gas and traveling, home energy, prescription drugs, groceries, health care, college tuition, back-to-school savings and more. 

  "Wisconsin families are feeling squeezed by rising costs," said Lt. Governor Lawton at an announcement at a gas station in Oregon, Wisconsin. "My online Guide for Penny Pinchers is designed to be an easy place to go for Wisconsin families looking to stretch their hard-earned dollars on everything from gas to groceries to prescription drugs."

  The new online resource serves as an aggregator of helpful state and federal government information as well as links to helpful private-sector and news websites. 

  Barbara's Guide for Penny Pinchers features information on ways families can search for the cheapest gas station near them by zip code, tips on increasing gas mileage, information on public transportation options in Wisconsin and easy tools to connect them with other commuters through Wisconsin's Rideshare Program.

  The site provides tips on saving money and energy in your home, ways to save money on your homeowner and renter's insurance as well as links to tools to connect renters with property managers to meet their affordable housing needs.  

  The website features back-to-school savings tips, a link to the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Resource Center, information on Wisconsin's College Savings Program and a list of all the scholarships available to all University of Wisconsin schools.

  The Wisconsin Libraries Association announced they would be partnering with the Office of the Lt. Governor and encourage public libraries to bookmark the Guide for Penny Pinchers on their computers.

  In their June 2008 report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found wages for civilian workers increased just 3.1 percent for the year while the rate of inflation grew at a rate nearly twice as fast, at 6 percent from 2007 to 2008.

  Meanwhile, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge Report, the price of regular unleaded gasoline in Wisconsin has increased by 22 percent in one year from $3.054 to $3.726 per gallon.

  The price of diesel fuel rose 36.6 percent in the same time period from $3.067 to $4.188 per gallon. 

  The Midwest region saw a 5.9 percent increase in the overall price of food in just one year and a 20.5 percent increase in the overall price of household energy according to Bureau of Labor Statistics' July 2008 Consumer Price Index Report.

  "While this website won't solve all our problems, I created this online resource so that families and individuals can use the information to live a little better for little less," said Lawton.

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