Times are changing! what adjustments are you willing to make?

  • LEANDRO_NJ

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    Apr 29, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    Last night I had some very interesting conversations with a well read mixed group of guests; we talked about the realities the world and our own economy will be facing in the very near future. We all came into a very grim conclusion, that I am sure most Americans and other developing countries consumers will be facing as well, especially those who are currently enjoying a good life in every aspects of their lives, in that these high consumerism will be facing some very tough choices in the way they live, both financially and even with their social interactions with people.

    Having said all that I wonder who is ready to make some drastic changes in the way they live and how they relate to others? I for one was raised from a working poor family background who worked itself up to become an upper middle class later in life. I am finacially well off, but because of my humble beginnings I have learned that the "better things" in life aren't necessarily materialistically based, but measured at how capable I am in relating to people less fortunate or more financially successful then I.

    I wonder how many of you are prepared or willing to sacrifice the hard realities of a Global economy that have slowly become the new economic reality in our times and lives? I will start by sharing a few of the adjustments I had made in my life within the past seven years:

    1) I used to travel extensively around the world quite a bit, not anymore!! I have discovered that a real vacation is one that allows me to reconnect with the people and the beautiful places of the country I live in.

    2) I no longer eat out at very expensive restaurants. I much enjoy mingling out with the local folks, in other words the real people.

    3) I refuse to pay full price for clothing just because is current in-style or it was made by a high end designer! I have saved a bundle purchasing only the everyday basic clothing items. Sadly I too have given up on the "Made in USA" mentality, as 97% of what is out there for the consumer to buy is made elsewhere.

    4) All the cars I purchases through the years have remained with me until it dies. I usually buy a new car every ten to fifteen years. I can't wait till my next one, as I am sure it will be an electric car!?

    5) I find it absurd how many people spend so much of their money just to belong to a group, be it religious or an exclusive club of some sort. I enjoy mingling with local everyday peoples, whether it be as a guest to a dinner invitation, someone's birthday party, exercising together with a friend or neighborhood group, local neighborhood book clubs, or attending a free social event.

    5) Finally there are a few things I have never given up on, and probably never will!

    A good pair of sneakers/shoes; I buy them when they are on sale, and usually purchase at least three pairs that last me a loooong time. I only have three pairs of dressy shoes, one from the 80s, 90s, and recently one I bought last year!!!

    Good healthy everyday food! even when poor my parents never ever sacrificed good healthy eating over junk food. Good eating and good health is one thing that should never be compromised, no matter what. Healthy eating may sound expensive but the long term benefits are priceless!!


    AND YOU. WHAT ADJUSTMENTS HAVE YOU MADE TO PAR WITH THE TIMES!?


    Leandro ♥
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    Apr 29, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    I'm better now economically than I've ever been. I was veritably homeless from '08 to '10, though.
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    Apr 30, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    In the grand scheme of things I would say the more things change the more they stay the same.


  • Hunter9

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    Apr 30, 2011 2:18 AM GMT
    LEANDRO_NJ saidWe all came into a very grim conclusion, that I am sure most Americans and other developing countries consumers will be facing as well, especially those who are currently enjoying a good life in every aspects of their lives, in that these high consumerism will be facing some very tough choices in the way they live, both financially and even with their social interactions with people.


    I'm sure if you told us what your conclusion was and how you came to it, this post would make much more sense.