Monday, August 17, 2009

Recession Trends?

Hey, did you know we are in a recession?

Yeah, who doesn't right?

If you aren't directly being affected by it in your family via a job loss, bonus loss or loss of business then you probably are feeling the effects of higher prices on every day items that you buy like groceries, clothing and other necessities.

I've heard so many families taking Staycations this year instead of heading on their normal beach vacay or to DisneyWorld.

I'm getting ready to write a post on Triangle TRACKS and I what I really want is to hear from you.

You see I write about trends over there. And right now, I'm realizing that many people in my circle don't care much about trends. I'm finding that the trend right now is cutting back, spending less and buckling down.

Funny, I haven't seen much of that on the runways this season.

So, tell me how is your family doing that? Fill me in on one or two things that you've done to cut back.

Shopping only consignment sales or second hand?
All of the above?

I'd love to hear your innovative, genius mommy ideas out there.

Okay, give it to me now. (Oh, and I might just steal it.) ;)

If you don't want to leave me comment, that's okay just email me at norose(at)dandelionday (dot)com

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Kristin said...

I think you are right! Saving money is "in" now. I hate to say it, but we are going to cancel our expensive gym membership :( And we are not eating out nearly as much. I also didn't buy new backpacks for school this year, and my girls were shocked. I felt a little bad, but you know what? They got over it! :) Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has to say!

Amy said...

We are trying to save money as a family, too. Our biggest thing right now is not eating out. It is so easy when we are out running errands to grab Chick-fil-A when we are done or if I not in the mood to cook dinner to run to another fast food place. Now if I know we are going to be out and about I pack lunches for us and we only go out to eat once a week (and usually it is at CookOut because our family of 4 can eat there for ($9-10).

Janel@Dandelion Dayz said...

Great ideas, ladies.
We are eating out less as well. Much healthier for us, too!

We have not canceled the gym membership yet - it's a big stress reliever for Hubby.

Anonymous said...

My friend Kelly says, "So I have been buying a whole chicken from Target for $4.99 and cook it using your soup recipe. When I remove the chicken I save some to make chicken salad and use the rest to make soup. It makes enough for 2 dinners (with grilled cheese) and then enough chicken salad for 2 sandwiches. And you know I don't eat the dark meat so the cat gets that. Two really cheap dinners in a week. Then almost every Friday we go to Harris Teeter and get the footlong subs for $3.99. Then I get a bag of chips and a movie from the Redbox and we have a fun, cheap family night for about $10. I also save money by not buying juice boxes and bottled water. I make Crystal Light lemonade and put that in their lunch and get water out of my Brita for their snack."

BTW, whole chickens are on sale at Target for $2.99 this week.

Aliene said...

My friend, Aliene, emailed this and I wanted to share it with you here in the comments:

The best thing that has helped me to get rid of clutter - save is seeing how wonderfully freeing living simple really is! The beauty of simplicity is awesome! When we go on vacation - we take only our favorite clothes - a suitcase full - so why do I need a closet full of clothes to have to spend time reorganizing. Then I can give the others away and help other people.

What about those treasure finds at goodwill. I visited with a friend and kept saying to her - I love this and that where did you find it - Goodwill was her answer! Again when I make a purchase at goodwill - I am giving back to the community and coming into that green cycle - reduce - reuse recycle!!!

If we look at our new boundaires as a blessing rather that a burden - we can open our eyes and see that SIMPLICITY IS FREEDOM!

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