I had to write about this topic because I’ve heard so much buzz about America’s big problem: A RECESSION. Whether it’s in my office, the main topic of dinner conversation, or in the news [like every single channel and news stand], I can’t seem to escape the economic madness. Even for an optimist like me, it’s becoming very depressing. Like many, my personal budget is tightening and I’m now searching for areas to cut some costs and save some dinero.
Not everything is being re-evaluated. Oh, heck no. Regardless of the weakening economy, there are a few recurring expenses I just won’t give up to save a dime. The following are things too important to Trish Skram … even in a recession.
Nights out with family and friends
This is by far one of the most important priorities in my life. I would never bail on a night out with the ladies or a hot dinner date with my man and blame it on a slim dollar. I may cancel because I cut too much rug the night before and am sore from head to toe OR too many adult beverages perhaps, but not for money reasons. My family and friends help keep me together. I need those nights, period.
BOSU and Turbo Kick
Kickin’ it at my weekly Turbo Kick classes and sweatin’ up a storm on the treadmill seems to be a real stress reliever for me. And at only about $20 a month it seems to be too stupid to cut. Not only does my daily hour workout give me a chance to listen to the latest “poppin’ in da club” music, but it also is a great break in the day. I’m able to sweat out the stress while I shed off the pounds and keep my health in check … not too bad of a combination.
Bi-monthly cut and color
I hear many women giving up their regular highlighting and haircut appointments simply because it seems to be a low priority. Not me! I’ve let my outgrowth and split ends get the best of me a time or two, but I won’t skip an appointment. Not only is a nice hair do good for the esteem, but I also think it’s important to present a professional image―especially in my line of work. This goes for the occasional shopping trip as well. A gal needs new clothes once in a while.
My flick membership
I love my Blockbuster membership. I’ve actually been thinking about canceling it, but then realized it is too valuable. Convincing me to end a $21 per month, unlimited rental membership is a tough sell because my honey and I love to watch the latest Hollywood box office hits. What is it now to rent a DVD from a movie store? Like $4? Plus, I don’t go to the movies too often so it seems to be a no-brainer.
Travel and random vacations
Yup, I need these too. I’ve found that a good break-away from reality, all-items-securely-stowed vacation is a must as well. I try to do at least two per year. Meeting new people and surrounding myself in a new environment offers a great perspective on life.
Giving to charity
Regardless of how bad the economy gets, I never turn my back on those who need money the most … my local charity organizations. I’m proud to say, I’ve given more to charity this year than ever before. I guess these tough economic times have really made me realize what’s important in life … being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
What are some things you won’t give up due to our struggling economy? I know you’ve got ‘em ladies and gents, share ‘em!
P.S. I’ve had one of those weeks that really take a stab at your core. It’s kept me wondering how many twists and turns I’ll end up facing next. Eek! Good friends and family battling health/professional issues, major work challenges, a national economic disaster and the latest most stabbing of them all … feeling like an unappreciative daughter. In these times especially, it’s important to reflect on what you’re thankful for each and every day. Stay tuned to my tweets/Facebook updates to find out what I’m thankful for.