How are you dealing with the new economy?

United States
November 30, 2008 5:57pm CST
I would love to hear from my friends how they are dealing with the economy. Maybe if we put our suggestions here it will help us all. I try to only make one trip to the store a week. Saves some on gas and I have to plan a little better than I used to. We use space heaters of a day and only heat the rooms we are in. If I am spending time in the kitchen I turn that one up. Of an evening we heat the living room with one rather then heating up the whole house with the furnace. The nice suprise is that it didn't up our electric bill, I think we are even saving some on it. Yet we are toastie warm. I take all left overs and make small TV dinners with them and freeze them. Bob takes then to work for his lunches and I eat on them to. Saves on groceries. I use my dryer and oven to help heat the house. We changed the dyer vent to blow inside during the winter (don't try this with a gas dryer, ELECTRIC only) I have it coming over the top of my dryer and keep a Knee Hi stocking over it to catch lint. Have to change them often when they get full but they are cheap. Also pull it out to a spot that is clean so air and moisture gets out. I pull it out a little bit when I start to dry a new load and tie it off with a clothes pin. I save laundry for cold days and it puts heat and moisture into the house. I also try to bake dinner or a dessert on cold days and that also helps put heat in the house. I am sure you all have some good ideas to and would love to hear some of them. If we all hang together and give each other ideas we just might survive the crisis. Hugs to all.
3 responses
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I agree that the economy is really bad. It is getting harder and harder to just get by. My daughter and I found a way to help each other. She needed some things like dishes, pots and pans, and linens and I don't get enough from social security to maintain a place of my own anymore. So, my daughter convinced me to move in with her. This way I didn't have to shoulder the whole burden of shelter cost and the household stuff I had accumulated over the years of raising my own kids could be put to good use again. So far it's working out fairly well.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Other than desperately looking for a job? Well, I did get three books out of the library called the tightwad gazette. This woman Amy Dacyczyn has some great money saving ideas, some I already do, some I wouldn't do, but some I am taking notes on..If you check your local library or ask them about it, maybe you can read these books, because you can't buy them unless you buy them used, for they are now no longer publishing them..I also am braving some cold by not running the heater all day and not at all during the night. But of course if it gets too cold, I will use a space heater to keep the pipes from freezing.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
1 Dec 08
It has been a very long and tough road to deal with these days because of the economy. My husband and I have been working seven days a week to keep up with the high prices of everything. We are trying to pay off some debts also before it gets any worse.