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Making a small change to the standard fonts used in documents produced by the federal and state governments could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Those are the conclusions reached by a resourceful 14 year old student who noticed that he was getting a lot more printed handouts in school than before. Suvir Mirchandani wondered if printing all of the handouts was wasting money because printer ink can cost as much as $75 an ounce. Using a computer program to calculate how much ink was used by four fonts, Mirchandani discovered that the Garamond font was least expensive, even when compared to the commonly used Times New Roman. Mirchandani estimated that his school district could save $21,000 a year, and when applied to the federal government printing office, he found the savings would be nearly $370 million. When contacted by CNN, Gary Somerset, the media manager at the Government Printing Office, would not say whether the government might switch fonts, but he called the teenager’s work, “remarkable.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

14-Year-Old Proves U.S. Can Save $370 Million by Changing Fonts, http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/save-money-change-fonts/?utm_cid=mash-com-fb-main-link; Accessed March 29, 2014.

Proverbs 27:23-24 (HCSB) Know well the condition of your flock, and pay attention to your herds, (24) for wealth is not forever; not even a crown lasts for all time.

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