In these days of financial tension, even the most spendthrift types among us are becoming more conservative with spending.
Life can still feel good. Here are some five ways to get back in touch with what we already have, and enjoy.
- Squawkfox, who writes clearly and intelligently about stocks, bonds, and inverse ETFs, also includes posts about food (accompanied by drool-inducing photos). If you’ve got kids, and you’re thinking about hallowe’en, you’ll want to check out her post about gross, scary food you can make.
- We all know it feels good, but we rarely do it: Pare Down. Sometimes we spend in order to distract ourselves from the clutter in our lives – we are not comfortable in our own home so we go out; our closets are so over-stuffed that we forget our pieces that still fit and feel wonderful; our once bright, shiny toys are dusty and tangled with wires. Paring down can bring back zen and contentment… without spending a dime.
- Apartment Therapy is featuring a series called “Something for nothing: Decorating with CraigsList’s free section”. Someone in Chicago turned a workshop table into a kitchen island, for example. Anyone with a toolkit and some creativity out there?
- Do you have dogs? Then you may, like me, have forgotten part of the reason you got them in the first place: To have fun! This is a good time of year to play some games with your canine kids.
- And then you can always scheme how you, too, can enjoy a 4-hour work week.