I actually like that we’re in the midst of a recession. Going out, eating out, taking fancy vacations, making unwise purchases. It gets tiring after a while. I haven’t gotten laid off. My pay is not decreasing. I expect my bonus to be even better than last year. Yet, because of this economic doom, I’m hunkering down. That’s right. When I got a mani / pedi for my reunion, it was the first time I’d gone to the nail salon in six weeks. SIX WEEKS! I kept thinking, why spend $20+ every other week when I can cut and paint my own nails? I don’t eat out as much as I used to. And if I do? I make it brunch. Cheaper than dinner.
I’m cutting corners across the board. At work, instead of asking our admin to order me more supplies, I dug through the crevices of my desk and found post-its, pens, and highlighters that had been hiding themselves. I’m eating my canned goods. Previously, I wouldn’t have even looked. I would’ve gone straight to our admin or made another trip to the supermarket for more food. I’m thinking I won’t buy anymore wine. I’ve got 26 wine bottles in my own home. I don’t need to keep buying more friggin alcohol.
I think the biggest impact for me is the vacation. I have been dreaming about a vacation for months now. My spare time is spent scrolling through web sites and perusing travel magazines. But I cannot justify taking a vacation right now. It just doesn’t seem right. I promise myself a trip to Turkey or Greece or Slovenia next year.