A suffering economy in 2012...what are you doing to survive?

@bizness (841)
United States
October 24, 2012 10:14pm CST
With the economy suffering as it has in 2012, people are buckling down and trying to find ways to save money. Buying off-brand products, cutting back on eating out, shopping for car insurance, and so on. What have you done to help yourself and your family sustain in this economy? And do you have advice for others out there? What say you?
5 responses
@marguicha (100307)
• Chile
13 Nov 12
I`m doing some things to live better, although I would not talk about "surviving" because I have too much to be thinking in those terms. I am planting veggies in part of my garden. Each year I do it better. This Summer (I`m in Spring now) I will have tomatoes, green beans and basil. I also have kale, arugule and leeks. Ihave some herbs such as oregano, bay, chives, garlic and other plants and shrubs. I also do intelligent grocery shopping, sticking to my list. I don`t but many clothes and I only eat out when I`m invited. But I invite often to my house as I love to cook. If I cook from scratch it`s not expensive.
@bizness (841)
• United States
18 Nov 12
Those are some great ideas and strategies for saving!
@marguicha (100307)
• Chile
19 Nov 12
THanks! I forgot something that means a lot of savings. I take care about the electricity bill. I have lights on only in the rooms where there are people. I wear warm clothes at home in Winter and have the house colder. I think what I want before opening the fridge. Those things add up.
@bizness (841)
• United States
19 Nov 12
Yes they do! I try to practice the same. I did see a difference in the power bill.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Many of us have had to make some sacrifices in the year 2012 to keep up with an economy that keeps spiraling down the hopper. I am no exception to say the very least. There have been instances in the past where I have tried with a nearly insane degree to save money. However over the past three or four years, it has been a constant marathon. Thankfully, I think that I have come out ahead. The best way to survive is to limit my travels to the barest minimum and not head outdoors. There are just times where I think if we go anywhere, we are going to be tempted to make purchases. Therefore, I’m going to endeavor to eliminate that temptation by only limiting my trips to places with what is necessary. Also shopping around for some deals, and walking whenever I can as opposed to guzzling down the gas. The small things might add up after a while.
@bizness (841)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Exactly...I believe people have to cut back whether they want to or not. Less trips to the mall, less driving into town, combining trips together, bargain hunting, less vacation time. The sad thing is most people look at 'cutting' back as a failure or a bad thing; but when you think about it, maybe not. You 'train' yourself, discipline yourself into that mode and when the economy comes back up and you have more money, you will stop and think before spending when it isn't necessary. Plus it gives you a new perspective, so-to-speak...maybe help us all realize what's important in life...friends, spending quality time with family, looking around and respecting and cherishing those little things in life that don't cost money.
@GemmaR (8526)
25 Oct 12
I think that the economy over the past couple of years is something that has struggled a lot, and there are many people who are not able to get through life in the same way as they might have been able to in the past. One of the things that I think that everybody should be trying to do is to save money whenever they can because this means that they would be able to put a little bit to one side so that they would be able to pay for things that they might not have been expecting, such as having to have their car repaired or something like that.
@bizness (841)
• United States
18 Nov 12
I agree...but sometimes saving just isn't an option. When you live virtually one paycheck to the next, there is no 'extra' to put aside.
• Bangladesh
25 Oct 12
May be your country is pouring money to make others a harder time is frankenstein.
@bizness (841)
• United States
18 Nov 12
Not sure what you mean by that. Yes my country does put money into some things I don't particularly agree with, but it is what it is.
@subhojit10 (7382)
• India
25 Oct 12
Thanks a ton for sharing this discussion. Well i think this year's economy has hit very hard on the common people who are facing loads of problems and issues like petrol price hike, hike in the prices of general commodities and vegetables, etc and that has made their lives even more worse. In this regard, we have also cut down our expenses and are relying more on savings so as to secure our entire family. What say?
@bizness (841)
• United States
18 Nov 12
You are so right! The prices for gas and groceries is unbelievable! You can't really 'go' anywhere and shopping for food is difficult. You really have to learn how to work within a budget.