Sometimes it is hard to know just where the balance is in that though. I really don't want to become one of those doomsayers who is all negative, like Chicken Little crying out that the sky is falling, but I also don't want to be caught on the opposite side of the spectrum either, with my head stuck in the sand not acknowledging the reality of our economic state.
As a family, we have started to think about ways we could better prepare ourselves for tougher financial times. Since our electric bill has also seen steady increases, we decided that one of the first things we could do is find ways to cut back on our energy consumption. To get us started, we recently bought 2 packages of the new energy-saving CFL bulbs to replace our existing bulbs.
They don't seem to be as bright as regular bulbs, but I am not ready to go to candles yet, so these will do...:)
This is just one of the many things we have on our list of things that we can do to cut down on our expenses. What are some things you are doing to cut back on your living expenses? I would love to hear about them and I plan to share more of what we come up with as well.