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31 March 2009 Issue 3
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In the first issue of the year my article on good news in the
recession proved so popular I thought I'd try to bring something
positive to you again. I hope you enjoy this month's feature
Until next time...
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER CM
Winner of the IFA Education Award 2005 (Canterbury Branch)
Interviewed on CTV during 2008
In this issue:
1. Re*ession Busting: Changing our Perception.
2. Thought of the Day
3. Review: Budget For Windows
Re*cession Busting: Changing our Perception
With the rec*ession reported in all the newspapers and all around us,
many of us are looking at ways we can economize. These days the word
frugal no longer has the negative connotations it once held � that of
being a cheapskate or tightwad. It means we are living without
waste, a saver. Being thrifty and frugal was something that our
parents and grandparents used to do but we are now listening to them
with a different frame of mind � an understanding. We are changing
Many studies have shown that when jobs are harder to find or less
well-paid, people spend more time on self-improvement and reasonably
inexpensive pastimes. Tyler Cowen, a professor of economics at George
Mason University in his article �Rec*ession Can Change a Way of
Life�, 31Jan 09 commented that during the Depression of the 1930s,
this meant �listening to the radio and playing parlor and board
games� and that these stay-at-home tendencies continued through to
� Good News Alert! The death rate falls as unemployment rises.
In this same article he comments on a 2003 paper, �Healthy Living in
Hard Times,� by Christopher J. Ruhm, an economist at the University
of North Carolina at Greensboro who found that the death rate falls
as unemployment rises.
While rec*essions and depressions are not so good for mental health
it is less widely known that in the United States and other well
heeled countries, physical health seems to improve during a downturn.
This may be due to the fact that we tend to drive less with the
effect of lowering the risk of accidents. Spending on alcohol and
tobacco reduces. There is more time for exercise and sleep and there
is a tendency to choose a home cooked meal rather than fast food.
So what can we do to be frugal, thrifty and live without waste?
� Anticipate your Failures by Planning - Always start with a
budget so you can avoid impulsive buying and be aware of your
� Eating Out � Make this a once in a while treat for special
� Shopping for Groceries - Where possible go with non-branded
items. Look for items on the highest or lowest shelves for best
prices. Grab the opportunity and shop for specials and use coupons.
� Family Time - There are many inexpensive ways to bond with
your family and be entertained like going to libraries, local parks,
having a picnic, visiting friends and attending local church
activities. Dust off the board games and turn off the TV.
� Clothing � Buy items that can easily be mixed and matched
with your other clothes giving you different looks. Be imaginative.
I�m sure you will think of many things yourself to add to this list.
Just think of all the good things you can do to be frugal and to
economize. And think how much stronger and learned you will be when
we come out the other side of this recession.
Thought of the day:
"The business depression marked the death of one age, and the birth
of another. This changed world requires practical dreamers who can,
and will put their dreams into action. The practical dreamers have
always been, and always will be the pattern-makers of civilization."
Napoleon Hill (His famous book 'Think and Grow Rich'was first
published in 1937).
Review: Budget For Windows
Great program and perfect if you want clarity, great information, and
ease of use. I remember putting my money in envelopes (this would be
a link to the page with the envelopes) to manage my budget when I was
a kid so their �envelope� model seemed kind of unique and helpful to
me. Read more>>>http://www.soundfinance.com/site/471168/page/834179
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