Sadly, I think I'm a lot like most people when it comes to this recession and impending debt ceiling crises, the less I have to think about it the better.  We all just try to get through it with the hopes that it will lead to a better day. Unfortunately, you can't really get away from it

because no matter who you are or where you live, it's effecting you , your family and how you live. All I want is for these elected officials we have to come to an agreement and get us back on track. It seems obvious enough , you do what we do, make hard cuts in your budget and try to earn more money. Some of you have taken a second or even third job, and cut back on vacations and "extras". In some cases you go even deeper.

One of my listeners posted this on my wall yesterday, "DEAR CONGRESS, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my family and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests we will have to shut down our interests, we will no longer be able to pay our taxes. I'm sure you'll understand, thank u very much for setting an example we can follow."

I thought that kind of said it well. At any rate it got me thinking, what have I been cutting back on? I don't even think it's been a really conscious decision but I have noticed a few things. I know we go out to eat very rarely now, we used to all the time. As you may have gathered from yesterdays blog, my wife has taken up "couponing", and I am way more conscious of the lights and TV's being left on all the time. And in general, I try to spend less and save all that I can these days. (which as far as savings goes, there is  really nothing in that account right now.)

So I just wondered, how have all of you managed to save money? How have you cut costs or found ways to generate more income? Maybe other people could get some good ideas from you, or at the very least, realize they are not alone. I really want people to understand they are not. We are Americans , when things are bad, we get through, we don't complain too much and we generally hide it from out friends , family and neighbors. To me, it's times like these that in many ways that is not always a good thing, sometimes, as long as its not whining for the sake of whining, its ok to want to be heard and to hear someone say, "I fell your pain".

Some feel it worse than others, and yes, some don't feel it at all but that is just the way it is.  Just because you feel like your alone with your worries, trust me your not.  The thing to remember is we do what we have to, we get by and we will again, thrive. It's a cycle, keep your head up and eyes open you will see your own light soon and when we all get back in the light we can take a breath, smile and know we got through it all together..

God Bless.