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The How-To Lounge: Making the Best of Things

Financially, things are rough right now, and even if you’re not personally affected, it’s impossible to miss the changes happening everywhere as people lose their homes and their jobs. In such a time of uncertainty, it’s easy to let worries overtake you. But as they say about life giving you lemons, maybe it's time to make lemonade. To see my ideas for doing just that,


  • First of all, do what it takes to get your finances in order. Organizing your money will allow you to feel more comfortable and alleviate many worries. You couldn’t possibly have a better excuse to now. If you don't know where to start, I'm sure Savvy has plenty of tips for you.
  • It’s too expensive to go out, so stay in. Offer to have people over for a cheap wine party or a pot luck dinner.
  • The same goes for family. It’s expensive to meet at a restaurant or take an outing to the movies. It costs a fraction of that to whip up some chili and pull out the Monopoly board. And you know what? These are the family memories that last longest.
  • In need of extra cash? Try cleaning your house. The junk that’s been clogging your counters and cabinets this year could bring in some money. Not to mention that your house will actually be clutter-free, too.
  • Give volunteering a shot. You may be surprised how working with an organization you care about will start to make you feel hopeful. It’s easy to sit at home depressed, but you’ll feel much better taking action.


ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i think that these are all great ideas. for myself - it's funny cause i used to be the girl that ALWAYS went out and now i enjoy just staying home and to be honest, it's saved me a TON of money. my fiance and i find such pleasure on the nights that we do go out since it's not all the time and it means that we get to plan things out and that's just nice :)
linditamaria linditamaria 9 years
lily3484, i am in the same situation! chili and scrabble sound really good right now!
lily3484 lily3484 9 years
I really like these suggestions. The economy is really taking a toll on my life right now. I am out of work and kind of down. I really like the idea of volunteering somewhere and I think Im gonna make some chili lol.
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
hiding... I love a good flea market. Not because it's 'cheap'...that's a misunderstanding. But because of the history of the items and the storytelling of the people selling them. Everything in my home has a story and people always'd you do that? cause I remake nearly everything. It's so meditative. And I'm a freak about wasted food! I see it as food someone could have eaten, we eat like Asian cultures, take a little and get seconds if you're still hungry, but don't take too much and throw it away! It keeps you thinner too ;)
Ac2366 Ac2366 9 years
My grandmother taught me "waste not want not" I think was her saying. It's true. Stay organized, take care of the necessities first, and another thing she used to say "one person's trash is another person's treasure". Nothing wrong with being frugal!
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
It's all I know... grandmother taught me well. I'm comfortably living modestly. I'm rarely stressed. It's more like, crap! I'm broke... well, home,food,gas,good health and's okay. Whip out the Scrabble!
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