Ten things I gave up because of the Recession … Not in order of importance.
- Coffee shops. Though I still drink good coffee at home, I no longer get that when I am out and about.
- Book Stores. My husband swears I could read for about two years (or longer) on the books I currently own, but I have given up purchasing books. That’s a compulsion that is hard to change but important.
- Sentry grocery store. I love the beautiful atmosphere including classical music, but I’ve given it up for the prices at Woodmans and Trader Joes. And frankly, I don’t miss seeing wine on every corner associated with all the good food I like.
- Shopping. I no longer shop for ‘entertainment.’ Okay, don’t judge. It is something that I enjoy(ed.)
- Eating out. We just don’t do it. Before it was a way to stave off boredom, an anecdote for laziness, and somehow a ‘reward.’
- Cambodia. Enough said.
- Our Dishwasher. It broke, burning out in a blaze of glory and it won’t be replaced for a while.
- Furniture in our Living Room. Our cat George has issues related to peeing and we’ve lost furniture, rugs, pillows all because of it. They won’t be replaced for a very long time.
- Gourmet cheeses. Yummmmm. The older the better. Stick to grocer Sharp Cheddar. Oddly difficult for me.
- Canceling magazine subscriptions that we don’t read, except PASTE magazine, which is awesome and you get a CD of cool new music each month. (By the way, no more CD purchases, dearest Tom. We have to stop!)
On the short list for what’s next: Piano tuning. It hasn’t been tuned for three years and it won’t be this winter. Vacations & travel of any kind. We’re considering cutting Cable although we’ve had ongoing family debates. The faux Persian rug in our den will not be cleaned. I’ve been thinking of giving up red meat anyway, because my bad cholesteral is high, but it’s also pricey!
What have you given up if anything? It doesn’t have to be a neat TEN. It is interesting how our priorities change as we deal with the prices at the grochery store and the pump.