Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for February 20, 2013:
JEH JEH LIVE - February is Black History Month and Jeh Jeh celebrated with the Miles College Choir under the direction of Bernard Williams
ZOO - Mickey visited with Lewis Frohock from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Children's Zoo area. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
MONEY MANAGEMENT - Fox consumer reporter, Steve Noviello, joined us this morning with a few tips on money management. He has a few cardinal rules for paying with cash:
1.) "Don't Spend Cash When Cash Costs Too Much". It's imperative that when spending cash you plan ahead that means visiting a bank or an ATM in advance- preferably one that doesn't charge you any fees. What you should NEVER do is use an ATM machine in a location where you are trapped like inside a stadium.. fairgrounds... even inside an airport where there is no easy exit and you are the mercy of whatever fees the bank wants to charge. Take a look and see if cash will actually cost you more than buying with credit then using the bill pay feature on your phone to pay it off immediately.
2.) "Progress Not Perfection". Don't call off the program if you can't get it perfect- small strides will build to create big success, Instead of letting life get in the way - look for the take away. Why didn't this work this time? What was the roadblock? Look for the teachable moment - apply it and continue. If you succeed half the time, that's half more than you had. If you quit at the first roadblock you will never succeed.
3.) Always using cash is to sometimes use credit. The goal here is for overall financial fitness. If you use NO credit... you can't establish GOOD credit. When it comes time to buy a house or a car you won't have access to the very best interest rates if you haven't established and maintained a good credit profile.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Dr. Bill Hardwick joined us this morning to take your questions about your children's health.Dr. Bill Hardwick with Vestavia Pediatrics and Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital takes viewer questions about childrens' health issues. For more information, visit www.ChildrensAL.org.
GARDENING - Fred Spicer, Executive Director of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, joined us to discuss the 2013 Spring Plant Sale which will be held on April 5-7 for the public. This year's event will be held at the former J.C. Penney at Century Plaza (7580 Crestwood Blvd. Birmingham, Ala. 35210). The event begins early for members and membership has other benefits to the gardens. For more information, call (205) 414-3950 or visit bbgardens.org.
Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh checks out the annual Jack's Biscuit Bakeoff and gets the judge the best biscuit! He'll be out doing that while Dr. Asa Andrew joins us in studio with some recommendations for those on the Good Day Challenge who want a lower calorie breakfast. He also takes your questions about your eating habits! Catch "Sleeping Beauty" performed by the Alabama Ballet this weekend! We find out how! And our Pet of the Week joins us in the studio! Join us for all of this and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!