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By Barry Ripp | Broker in Fremont, CA

Economy vs. Family

As you go out to dinner or visit the shopping mall, you may feel that you're alone...well, you're not. In response to our recession, more and more Americans are giving up going our and discovering the joys of life at home.

Money Magazine reports that during this uncertain economic time, "frugality and safety are in, bling and plastic are out".  As people spend less money on dining out and entertaining, they are placing renewed value on their families and communities.

"We are not just cutting our bills, we are rejecting materialism. We're placing a priority on safety, relationships and personal growth. We're embracing family and communities and asking how can we help others, not just ourselves."

In fact, in response to a survey for Money Magazine, 9 out of 10 participants said they have changed the way they handle their finances as a result of the economic crisis.

While cutting back and sticking to a strict budget can be a difficult adjustment, for many, it's more important than the alternative.


By Carl Medford,  Tue Sep 22 2009, 14:44

Good reminder - thanks! I know MANY who have scaled back a lot. It really is a better way to live. And I'm ALL for getting rid of bling! :)
By Barry Ripp,  Tue Sep 22 2009, 15:19
I'm glad you like it. We really do need to think of family first.

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