Monday, March 10, 2008

Ouch

Lunch challenge update: Fail. My planned mentor-lunch got rescheduled for next week (which ended up being a very good thing since my first day back has been cur-raaaazy!) and I did not think to pack a lunch just in case. I bought soup and a roll for $2.25, burned my tongue badly, and ended up eating only half the soup as well as a few granola bars I'd brought for the week. I now feel still sorta hungry, kinda yucky full, and my tongue feels like I've been licking sandpaper all morning. :(

CNN reported today that people are starting to tighten their belts in response to this almost-maybe-not-quite-sure-recession--this is the first article I've read (I think) that explicitly says, yes, people are starting to watch their money more carefully. I've been starting to crack down on my own spending more the last few weeks, but I think it's more due to the craziness of moving being over than because of the economy. Now that I'm no longer shelling out money for security deposits or movers, have stocked my pantry and refrigerator, and bought everything that I need for my new apartment, I'm better able to funnel the money I have coming in to go where I want it to go.

I haven't much noticed that people around me are likewise changing their spending habits, which might be too bad. I do worry about people who don't understand how or bother to manage their money, which is part of the reason I started this blog. I think it's completely possible to get a handle on it, but it's so overwhelming and people don't like to feel stupid learning things they feel they already ought to know. Of course, it doesn't come across well preaching to people who know you, but personal finance blogs helped me understand things very well in an anonymous forum, and I'm hoping that's what I can provide as well.

Still...I just want to shake some people and be like "Save that $5! You really don't need a fancy coffee, especially now when things might get rough!" I might be in a fairly Chicken Little mode right now, too, though.

1 comment:

  1. You've got a great blog going! I can't remember if I've dropped a line before. Your RSS feed is not working. I think with Blogger, you can just add the link?

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