CALEXICO — No cigarettes, no beer and no marijuana.
Forty-eight residents of the Casas del Sol housing projects filled out mock versions of their monthly budgets in a workshop Wednesday night sponsored by Community Credit Counseling Services of El Centro.
The residents learned the average amount Casas' families take in means scrimping and saving if they plan to make mortgage payments in the future.
Some non-fixed costs will have to be sacrificed.
"No marijuana?" a resident asked as the "class" of residents got to the budget line "cigarros/alcohol" in the mock forms.
Too expensive, he was told.
Besides recommending the elimination of illicit herbs from the monthly budget, the workshop advocated buying gifts only for children, turning off the water heater in hot summer months and paying off credit debt quickly to avoid interest rates.