2009-03-05

Coping with The Economic Downturn, Part 2


More from Audrey's groundbreaking survey...

Opinions of Those Who Have Not Changed Their Spending

Not all of my friends have changed their spending as a result of the economic downturn. Several wrote to tell me that the downturn has, thus far, had little or no effect on their purchases.

One friend said, “Actually, I’ve changed little my spending habits since the downturn was evident (for supporting documentation, please see my financial statements...which seen in order look remarkably like the drop of a rollercoaster at Wonderland). Most days I bring food for breakfast and/or lunch, which has been a staple for me for years. I regularly walk to/from work, and to destinations within a few miles of home. And my entertainment dollars are being spent as frugally as ever. I admittedly splurge on food and drink (splurge being a relative term - I don't cheat myself on items I know my friends will enjoy). The only real change I see is a result of reading media stories about how to find savings in daily purchases. If I see something that I'd like to try, then I'll adjust my approach that way. Otherwise, I try not to run up unnecessary or frivolous debt. Basically, I've had no real reason to have to change my spending habits.”

Another friend told me that he has kept his expenses pared to the bone for many years. He gave some useful insight into ways to live within one’s means, writing: “Personal economic change can be a surprisingly long process. For the first two or three years, every time you think you've cut expenses so far that you can't possibly take out any more - wait a couple of months to allow your perceptions to adapt, then recheck your budget for fat. Each time, strangely, you'll always find more to cut, while still leaving "enough". It's like peeling an onion - most of us have many, many layers of "luxury-we've-habitually-come-to-regard-as-necessity" that we can safely - and sometimes advantageously - remove before we reach the essential core of things.”

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Part III will look at what you shouldn't scrimp on.

4 comments:

4th Dwarf said...

While I've been tempted to switch from whole to 2% in order to save a quarter on a 3-litre sack of milk, aren't those of us with jobs supposed to be out there spending like oil riggers on shore leave?

I thought it was our moral duty to keep the economy moving so that the unemployed will get their jobs back.

TWFKAH said...

Exactly! That's why I'm spending to beat the band Dwarfie. Just call me contrary, I guess...

Aggie said...

TWFKAH, you have the right idea. Stimulate, folks! Stimulate!

Lily said...

I'm still spending, but I'm going low end: St Vincent de Paul, Food Basics, here I come...