We don't need much stuff. Even my daughter knows that!
- Diane Clehane, BettyConfidential.com
There's no question that for most of us, until the Great Recession came along, life had been one of plenty for many years. Long summer vacations and a backyard that looked like a theme park somehow morphed from being luxuries into must-haves, along with a list of "essentials" that includes everything from iPhones to Xbox games.
Not any more. At least not at my house.
The now constant barrage of bad economic news and the wildly unpredictable stock market have curtailed the rampant consumerism I'd unthinkingly fallen into. Before I became a parent, I was a hardcore recreational shopper and indulged in more than my share of retail therapy. During my first few years of motherhood, I bought enough baby clothes to open my own store. When the first waves of the recession hit, I scaled back considerably out of necessity. Now that it's been a couple of years and my priorities haveRead More »from Postcards From Mommywood: What I've Learned From the Great Recession