I’ve always believed in seeing the good in any bad event that happens, and I bet that while reading the news today, you’re probably feeling down–and I don’t blame you. How else will you be when everything seems to be plummeting?
I believe something good will come out of this recession. Here are some frugal habits American have acquired:
1. Americans are finding ways to save money. During the good times, we charged everything and cared only when it was time to pay. Today, we’re doing more thinking before plunking down our hard-earned money at the cash register.
2. We’re eating out less often and eating more home-cooked meals. I see this as a good sign, because it means the family is eating together at dinnertime and seeing more of one another. Eating at home together is also a good opportunity to catch up with your kids’ lives. I’m hoping that these home-cooked meals are low in cholesterol and sodium and rich in nutrients that we all need. (A tip, if you’re looking for corporate gifts: food baskets are in this holiday!)
3. We’re more motivated to exercise. Instead of enrolling at the gym or taking the car to work, why not walk or take the public transport? Either alternative is not only good for the pocket and the environment but also good for the health.Â Encourage everyone to walk more and use their cars less by giving away custom pedometers this season.
4. We’re finding more ways to earn money. If there’s anything that this economic downturn has taught us, it’s that having other skills can be useful. Take on some extra writing work if you can write. Make some cookies for the holiday, wrap them in colorful boxes or place them in fancy promotional jars, and sell them. Customers will love the personal touch.
How are you living frugally in these hard times? Share your tips!
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