With the up and down news lately that unemployment is getting better, getting worse, consumer spending is back, now it's not — I thought I'd ask the center of this key universe —
Is the Recession over for YOU?
So I'm really hoping to hear from TwitterMoms....and I think some other readers would like the opportunity to check in.
I'll start - The recession is most definitely not over for my family. Jobs are still there - but pay cuts are still there as well. Hmmm. (yes, freelancers can take pay cuts too!) And we're being pretty watchful of spending - something I think we'll continue with for quite a while, even when the economy picks up more.
I like that we're spending less actually. I like that we're buying less "stuff" and eating more at home. I think we're being more healthful about what we're prepping for meals, and I think we're being MUCH MORE creative about downtime. I love both those decisions.
I'm also looking towards the holidays -- yes, already! ;) -- and thinking about what we can do that's more creative and fun. We have a big party every year (it coincides with my daughter's birthday) and I don't want to give that up. But I do want to think about how to be more creative (yes, there's that word again). Maybe just a cookie party? It's something I have always wanted to do -- plates of homemade cookies, hot chocolate, homemade marshmallows and chocolate truffles -- but my other half seems to cram empañadas, cheeses, olives and other goodies in as well....which all taste pretty great, come to think of it, after a glass of Cava....
So what's your opinion? Recession over? Not? Seems like it over for you, but you're feeling once bitten, twice shy about spending again? Decisions you're already making for the holidays, let alone back-to school?
It's moms out there who really know what's going on in this economy (yes, I do believe that) so open up and tell it like it is!