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Have You Been More Mindful of Your Money Recently?

It's clear the economy is on everyone's minds lately — I can't hop in a cab these days without the driver asking me if I think we're headed for another Depression. While there's nothing I can do to predict the fate of our financial system, it makes me feel more in control to protect what I have and try to save more in uncertain times like these.

Foolishly, I've even caught myself checking my bank accounts a bit more often just because it makes me feel better to know my money is safe. On a more productive note, I've also been watching my spending more carefully and putting more consideration in to every purchase. Have recent economic events made you more mindful of your money?


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cubadog cubadog 8 years
I am definitely being more careful with my money. I have been really focused on paying off credit cards.
geebers geebers 8 years
I voted no because I have always been very good with my money.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
We have been more mindful, now that my hubby was laid off and we are down to my paycheck!
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
I voted no, but that's because I've always had to watch my money. :)
lil_bit_edgy lil_bit_edgy 8 years
i've been more mindful, i have been saving and paying off my CC debt but now that they might lower my limit and potentially make me over balance, i'm putting even more money into it and living on a tighter budget. =(
mlen mlen 8 years
i've been more mindful but not really because of the economy but because i want to pay off my CC and save some money!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I've had an incredible number of e-mails the past few days from stores offering great sales. More than once I've gotten to the checkout page and clicked "cancel" before putting in my credit card info because I realized it's not stuff I really need.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've definitely been a bit more mindful of my money and a bit more thoughtful about how i spend it. it's hard times right now and i know that for myself i can't really afford extras - i pay my bills and i pay the rent etc and that's it. i don't go shopping and i don't eat out as much since i don't know what the future really holds. i'm an optimist so i know that it'll get better but who knows how long it will take and i want to make sure that i'm preparing for my future in case i need to help my mom out since she's about that age to retire.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
You can afford to take CABS, Savvy???? During this time??? Just kidding. No, I haven't been watching my spending anymore carefully than I was before ... I'm always pretty viligant about my money matters, as I have probably already mentioned in other posts!
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
It's been a slow build for me. In the spring I increased my 401(k) contributions (so less in the paycheck), and that was right around the time gas started to go up, so over the past 6-9 months I've had to decrease my spending. I wasn't very frivolous to begin with (no daily coffee habit, small clothes budget) so it's been tough. But you only have to save one penny at a time!
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I have always been mindful of my money.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Im a tightwad, so nothings changed for me LOL
cmd0610 cmd0610 8 years
Defi eating out less, not shopping almost at all
foxie foxie 8 years
Yeah, I was planning on getting more tattoo work done, but I've put it on the back burner for now.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
Today, I spent $26 at the grocery store instead of my usual $40-50. Only getting the basics. And trying to stay away from restaurants. Sigh...I guess on the bright side it's giving me good spending habits for the future
BuchaBaby BuchaBaby 8 years
We, here in Germany, feel the rising costs for food pretty much. I now watch my money a bit more in the groverystore!!! BTW: This is a european purse, cause it contains Euro, yaaaaay.
Taadie Taadie 8 years
I worry more now about saving more.
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
Nope, I think I might actually be spending more. I'm trying to overcome an Ebay addiction...
aylee aylee 8 years
Yup! I try to bring my own lunch to work now. I no longer do any splurges on sweets on my way home. I look for more coupons now. I haven't gone shopping for myself for a while. I am more mindful of water and electricity I consume at home.
SoCalSugar SoCalSugar 8 years
Definitely! It's helped me finally break my mid-afternoon coffee habit. I've tried to cut back a lot on eating out so that the little things don't add up quite so quickly.
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