While the fallout from the current economic crisis is absolutely troubling, one friend who was recently laid off told me that her layoff has inspired her to live more simply. As she put it, the financial crunch has helped her to focus on what's truly important, such as spending time with family and friends, and working on her home craft business. Even though she no longer has money for much in the way of movies or extravagant dinners out, she's finding some unexpected pleasures in her new, simpler, frugal lifestyle.
Of course, if my friend were in danger of losing her home, she wouldn't be giving me such a sunny report. Luckily, she has enough savings (and a husband with a stable job) to see her through this rough patch. Can you report any surprising joys in this sea of financial bad news? How have you tried to live a simpler, less costly lifestyle?