What have you given up, due to the economy?

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    May 21, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    What have you given up, due to the economy?

    ARTICLE on a slightly different slant: "10 Things We Can't Live Without"
    - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-Things-We-Cant-Live-usnews-3617536316.html?x=0
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    May 21, 2010 5:31 PM GMT
    I read this article yesterday. Most of the stuff on that list I definitely can't live without. But among the things I've lived without for a while now are cable TV, smart phones, and going to the movies. But this is based on being a young, single person out of college rather than going through an economic recession.

    I definitely think cable is a big waste of money. For one thing I never watched much TV to begin with even when I was little. But the programs I do like I manage to find online anyway. TV has become really accessible online in recent years. Not to mention you can luck out and skip through commercials or replay something you missed icon_smile.gif

    I don't own any kind of smart phone and I'm OK with that. I'm more than content with my Verizon LG Cosmos since it's everything I need in a phone. As long as I can text, I'm good with what I have.

    Going to the movies has become really expensive over the years, especially with all these 3-D flicks that have become popular. These days I almost always prefer to wait a few months for the DVD/Blu-Ray to come out or rent through Netflix or Red Box. Those have some great deals, and you don't feel so bad about what you've spent in case the movie you watched was crappy. Not to mention I love watching movies in the comfort of my home so I can get into my pajamas and get up to take nature's call leisurely.

    I haven't cut out alcohol completely out from my life, but I seldom drink to begin with. I might have a boozy drink once every few months if there's some sort of social occasion. Otherwise, I don't ever really drink!

    Otherwise, I've just adjusted some spending habits here and there. I started buying more off-brand products than I already had. I got into the habit of buying used books online or going to Half-Price Books for my reading entertainment. Fortunately I live near most everything in my city, so it's not really necessary to drive to many places unless the weather sucks.
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    May 21, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidWhat have you given up, due to the economy?
    Nothing.
    I refuse to blame the economy for what I've had to give up due to income. Throughout this recession, I've watched my boss go from being a borderline pauper (struggling to even make payroll) to buying more and better airplanes...even looking at buying a personal jet now. The economy may be falling, but there are ways to overcome it. I simply haven't found them for myself yet.
  • rnch

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    May 21, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
    no new Lexus THIS year. icon_rolleyes.gif


    "friends" that teased me in the past about my career civil service salary are now enviously commenting on it and my benefist package.

    (at least i still have a job!) icon_confused.gif
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    May 21, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    My boyfriend.... i couldn't afford to drive to him every week and he couldn't afford to go 7 days without sex.
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    May 21, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    I was just gonna say gas in my vehicle. I can't afford to drive to work every day, so I carpool (which is fine.. just slightly inconvenient). But not having the gas to see my partner much puts a strain on things. It sucks. icon_sad.gif
  • JayDT

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    May 21, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    I haven't changed my life a bit. I still go out, more than before actually. I still go shopping, about the same as before. I still have every single cable channel immagineable. And I still put money away every month into savings. Yeah nothing has changed.
  • masculumpedes

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    May 21, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    SEX......my workload has increased if anything.....working 7 days a week now for the past couple of months. icon_neutral.gif
  • delthespaz

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    May 21, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    My SCLA membership for 24 Hours. (I miss SCLA)
    Wine over $25/bottle
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    May 21, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    Without trying to sound like a jerk, (I know impossible eh?), this is THE BEST time to buy properties and stocks!! Prices have never been so low. My partner and I this past year have bought 11 properties. (Have turned 8 over for a brilliant proffit!!! The last 3 are being renovated now.)
    Buy stocks!!! They are at an all time low.
    THIS IS THE BEST TIME!!!!! icon_cool.gif
    Cheers,
    Keith
    NB - My apologies to the OP. I know this wasn't the answer for your question. icon_redface.gif

  • BIG_N_TALL

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    May 21, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    um, I've given up Starbucks, fast food (which I don't really eat much anyways), new books, the National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Time, 'newer' movies, and arguably my post-grad education until I manage to find a STABLE job that I can use to support myself while I am in grad school.

    MANY of my peers in grad school have opted to not find a job and just go to school full-time while living off of loans and credit cards. I fear they are just digging a debt hole deeper and deeper... icon_neutral.gif
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    May 21, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    To be honest, I fall in the doing better than before category...
    I work at foreclosure law firm, so when the economy is bad, we get more business. But that also means when times are good, we get less. It all balances out I suppose...
  • Greygull

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    May 21, 2010 10:45 PM GMT
    um ... my job?
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    May 21, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    I no longer shop at stupid stores for any junk or nick nacks...stores like TARGET! UGH....

    I hate to waste...I am a saver...
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    May 21, 2010 10:55 PM GMT


    So far nothing. Knock on wood.
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    May 21, 2010 11:27 PM GMT
    What have I not given up?
    Coffee
    Eating out
    My car (due to gas)
    TV
    Shopping....

    I am an island to myself. icon_lol.gif
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    May 21, 2010 11:31 PM GMT
    I've given up hope of selling my condo anytime soon to move to a more central part of Boston.

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    May 21, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    Theoretically nothing.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, because I might very well be living in a bubble, but did we, in Canada, not get hit quite so hard? Because I haven't noticed much of a difference for my friends either.
  • Twenty_Someth...

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    May 21, 2010 11:33 PM GMT
    Giving homeless people my change!
  • myklet1

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    May 21, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    I've always been level headed about spending, so there's no difference for me!
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    May 21, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    I have given up:
    Starbucks
    Eating out
    My VW Passat 2.0 Wolfsburg for a Honda Fit (32mpg ain't bad tho!)
    iTunes, with exceptions for Glee songs
    Books
    Cable
    Watering my lawn regularly
    Health insurance
    Deposits into my retirement account



  • dfrourke

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    May 22, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    Great question:

    1. Eating out during the week. Only the weekends now.

    2. Any overseas travel for regular trips to see family.

    3. Digital Cable for a monthly book club.

    4. Putting away $1,000/month in savings to just $300/month.


    Tough times, but every line-item in my budget still exists!

    - David icon_wink.gif
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    May 22, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Didn't give up anything due to economy, but made some changes to lifestyle to save a bit more, just in case I need it some day:
    1) No more wasting electricity and water - have cut off almost 50 off my monthly bill by simple changes.
    2) Walk whenever I can instead of driving.
    3) Watch movies on weekdays rather than weekends (saves 5 bucks on each ticket icon_smile.gif ).
    and a few more like that icon_smile.gif
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    May 22, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    NakedBudd saidWhat have you given up, due to the economy?

    ARTICLE on a slightly different slant: "10 Things We Can't Live Without"
    - http://finance.yahoo.com/news/10-Things-We-Cant-Live-usnews-3617536316.html?x=0


    Going out to eat and the newspaper. Others must be doing the same because restaurants now have buy 1 meal get 1 free and the newspaper is buy 1 month get 1 month free. Both are really hurting for business here and some only serve breakfast and lunch now and close at 2 pm and others have closed their doors completely.
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    May 22, 2010 2:07 AM GMT
    mizu5 saidTheoretically nothing.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, because I might very well be living in a bubble, but did we, in Canada, not get hit quite so hard? Because I haven't noticed much of a difference for my friends either.

    Absolutely nothing has changed in Winnipeg. We've got lots of construction going on now. That's it.