Kris Kirschner/Eyewitness News
Greenwood - Many central Indiana families are making little changes to save a lot of money.
At the Greenwood Public Library, people are not only checking out books, they're also checking into ways to save money.
"Our parking lot has been full the last couple of months," said Jane Weisenbach with the library. "A huge amount of people."
People looking for ways to cut costs find the local library a valuable resource. There, they can find books, movies, family entertainment and even Internet access.
"It's free of charge," Weisenbach said.
The philosophy for more and more families is simple.
"Anywhere I can save, we're trying to save right now," said patron Jamie Kirby.
"Just trying to make meals, buy things that go a lot longer," said Kim Davis.
That is why grocery stores like Target are selling fewer name brands and more generic foods to cost-cutting consumers.
"We have seen an increase in Target-brand products," said store manager Josh Waldron. "We have seen an increase in coupons."
Target is also testing an online flyer geared toward "coupon clippers", offering printable deals on groceries that are not offered in the weekly ads.
Families are learning to save at schools as well. At Sugar Grove Elementary School in Greenwood, families signing up for free or discount lunches rose four percent in the last year.
"Anyway I can cut costs makes me feel I'm helping the household," Kirby said.
Many people who have lost jobs are using the library's free Internet to file for unemployment. The Greenwood library also offers free computer classes.