You read about all the things going on in the paper...lay offs, gas prices, how the price of food has gone up, people are cutting back...etc. etc. etc....
But while I know these things are going on, I can't help but think the media does this every time there is an election coming up...you know what I mean,"The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" mentality.It happens every time there's an election and the media is instrumental in convincing people a change is needed and that if there is, things will get a lot better for them.
I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings but the truth is, no human being can change everything that easily. They may make a lot of promises, but realistically, they don't have the magic formula to change what is wrong. We should realize that by now, but sadly most people don't .
In reality prices on food, gas, housing, and whatever else have been going up for years, so that news is nothing new. Jobs are lost, jobs are gained, housing market up, housing market down...on it goes. I guess my conclusion to all of this is that you learn to work your way around it. I know we have in our home. During the Great depression, they had it a lot worse, and they made it somehow.
Is it easy? no, not always...you may have to cut out some things, or learn to do things differently so you can do the things that are important . But, one thing I do recommend is to not do without to the point you become resentful. Allow a small splurge here and there. It can be done if done with creativity and thought. Giving up a few sodas every week may give you enough to get that cd you wanted, or giving up a meal or two at Mcdonalds for a month will give you enough to buy that new shirt you have your eye on. I usually take a look at what I r eally would love to have and then give up things according to my "want it" meter until I get enough saved to get it. Small indulgences are an important part of life and even in so called recession times, they can be done! Give it a try and see if you can!