Welcome to Small Change
I can’t tell you exactly when it happened, but I know that my life has changed.
I used to routinely drop $12 for a chicken pomodoro panini and a mini-bundt cake for lunch. Now I brown bag it every day. I hailed taxis to drive me home after a long day at the office without thinking. Now I wait 20 minutes for the bus. I once considered immaculately polished and filed nails a necessity. Now they are broken and chipped, and the world has not ended.
I know I am not alone. The recession has touched all of our lives in both dramatic and subtle ways. Some have lost their jobs, suffered pay cuts or lost their homes. Others, the lucky ones, have been relatively unscathed but have felt it prudent to cut out the daily trip to Starbucks —and that has set off a chain reaction that has implications of its own, with store closings, job losses and diminished prospects.
We want our new blog, Small Change, to provide advice and commiseration, a bit of bucking up (and even an idea to save a buck) as we all adjust to the new economic reality. Need to haggle? Craving a bargain? Scraping by through a layoff? We are so here for you.
Tell us of your wants, your needs, your victories, your disappointments. In return, we’ll be scouring the blogosphere--and cross-examining the cleverest of our friends--to keep you recession-fighting trim.
We--and may we introduce ourselves?-- are Ylan Mui, retail reporter at The Washington Post and newly reformed shopaholic, and Nancy Trejos, The Post’s personal finance reporter who is working on a book about recovering from her own financial calamities.
Please feel free to let us know what you want to read about. You can reach Ylan at muiy[at]washpost.com and Nancy at trejosn[at]washpost.com. Together, we can survive — and thrive — during the recession. It only takes a few small changes.
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