The recession may have change the way alot of us think about money and how to ensure it last when we need it the most. I am surely one of those people trying to make it. This year I've made some changes with what I spend my money on and how much of it am I willing to spend.The money I am saving is now going toward my passion as an artist. Now I am saving with a purpose.
- I've reduce my cable subscription to the very basic service.
- I have reduced my clothing shopping to almost zero. I'm shopping my closet for new looks and styles and I am having a wonderful time. I don't think I've worn the same outfit twice.
- I have reduced my habit of buying books- instead I spend more time in the public and college libraries. I even rent movies and books on CD from the library and catch up on the latest fashion magazines.
- My driving back and forth to the city (Charlotte, NC) has been cut back also. Now I plan all my trips around one or two days. I have even asked a few of clients if it is possible for us to have virtual meeting.
- I am eating more at home - eating breakfast, and cooking dinner at home. If I do have to eat out, I order from the kids menu. It is enough food for me and it is alot cheaper.
- I have reduced my use of paper products at home. Instead of using paper towels, I use a dish cloth to clean up spills. I no longer use paper plates or cups while at home, instead I pull out the fine china- Yeah this does mean I have to wash more dishes, but I feel it is worth it.
The following video really inspiredme to get my act together. It is a documentary of people who have been affected by the recession. The people in this video learned to turn a bad situation into a good situation. So look for your good in the bad. Check out Re: Invention.
By the way if you also have cut back on a few things, share them with me -I could use a few more ways to cut back.
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