Ignore the doom and gloom, it’ll just make you depressed. Instead, make a few adjustments to your lifestyle and rediscover all the fun you can have without visiting the shops.
You’ll not only survive but thrive – despite the recession.
There’s no doubt the next 12 months are going to be tough but while the politicians may be exhorting us to work harder and tighten our belts, is that really going to change the world – or simply get us back to the point where things started to go wrong in the first place?
Every cloud, they say, has a silver lining, so here’s the Make it and Mend it 5 Step plan to making yourself recession proof, feeling good and having fun.
Step 1 Happiness is in your head – not your wallet
If we feel good about ourselves we’re less like to impulse buy or overeat, so making yourself recession-proof starts by making changes to the way we (and our kids) think about and use money. And finding other things that make us happy.
Step 2 Liberate yourself from the high street
It can be great to go shopping and give yourself a treat now and then, but there’s so much fun to be had that doesn’t involve retail therapy.
Step 3 Grow your own
Cultivating our own food can have the biggest single impact on our finances – and the environment. Focus your attention on easy to grow greens and, as the weather gets better, soft fruit and more expensive vegetables – which will have the biggest impact on your supermarket bill.
Step 4 Cut the cost of major bills
The post can be a real downer, particularly at this time of year, when everything seems to be a winter heating bill. Most regular bills are for essentials but you can cut their cost…
Step 5 Join the revolution
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