Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tips for Dealing in a Funky Economy

I've long talked about the "Middle Class" being a mythological concept and a misnomer at this point. At the rate we are currently going the middle class will go the way of the pterodactyl.

Anyhoo, one of the "upsides" of this depression recession is that many of us have learned to budget our limited resources. A skill and habit that will serve us well if when the economy bounces back. Secondly, going green has become more than just cool, it is a survival skill for many families. Recycling, repurposing, and reusing items; conserving energy use; buying hybrid cars, consolidating errands and enjoying local resources to save gas; composting; and growing our own fruits, herbs and vegetables.

With recent news of melting polar caps and the devastating weather-related effects of global warming (something our commander-in-chief finally recognizes) it is more important than ever that we each do our part. I only hope that it will continue once we are no longer feeling the pinch.

For many people, the fact that we are in a depression recession still hasn't hit home. Perhaps they are going about life as if nothing has changed; trying to live the same lifestyle with a lot less seed. There is a great article in Yahoo! Finance on Five Signs That You're Living Beyond Your Means. Below are a few great books for anyone that is ready to begin dealing with their personal finances in a more productive way.

Namaste,

Samara


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