There is a place on the Times project page for readers to share their own strategies for survival and they are both eye-opening and inspiring. Tina in Philadelphia makes her own laundry detergent (5 cents a load!), Hannah in Eugene attends a "neighbor dinner" every Monday, Dianne in NYC budgets her daily spending to $20 a day and Jay in Tucson is working less and spending more time with his daughters. He writes "I've been told I will never regret this time spent. I cant imagine I will."
As we read through the survival strategies, it struck us that, in some ways, they were also like tips for a happier life - the overall feeling is hopeful and positive. Living more simply works for lots of people; riding bikes, getting rid of cable tv, cooking more at home - these choices often can also lead to a more relaxed, more enjoyable homelife while saving money and helping make do.
What are your best survival strategies ?
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