The economy. Regardless of how we got here or how we're going to get out, here we are. I know people left and right who are being laid off or at least cut back on their jobs. I drive around and see every manner of vehicle for sale on the side of the road. (Except motorcycles - people are driving those, because they don't use as much gas!) It seems to have affected everyone, in one way or another.
Things have changed a little for my family, mostly just that we try not to drive as much. Our belts have been about as tight as they can be for years - first from getting out of debt, then from building this house, and now from finishing the basement. And besides that, I am opposed to letting go of a dime if I don't have to.
So I thought I would take an opportunity to share a couple of internet resources that have helped us. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but just a start:
The Dollar Stretcher - Every piece of information about frugal living that exists, I think.
Hillbilly Housewife - Good low-cost recipes. Not all of them are as all-natural as we need, but they are definitely cheap. And besides that, many of the big recipe websites have low-cost recipes as well.
Dave Ramsey - If excessive debt is your problem, Dave is your guy.
There was a website 'back in the day' that I would love to include, but I can't find it. I believe the name was "Judith's Cookbook for the Desperately Poor." If anyone finds it, please let me know.
So speak up! How has the economy affected your family, and do you have any resources to share that might help someone else?