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Welcome to Small Change

Sara Goo

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] and Nancy at trejosn[at] Together, we can survive — and thrive — during the recession. It only takes a few small changes.

By Sara Goo  |  March 30, 2009; 6:43 AM ET
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Posted by: TheCounter | March 30, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Why isn't this listed along with the other blogs on the front page of

Posted by: subwayguy | March 30, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Ylan and Nancy: Looking forward to your postings. Congratulations for taking on this task. I'll try to include your blogs as I tweet along. "jfludwick"

Posted by: hourlyadvisorguy | March 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The new blog sound interesting and I wish the authors much success. But I take slight issue with the reference to the 'new economic reality' stated in the fourth paragraph. I am seeing again and again the viewpoint that how people need to handle their money has changed but in fact it really hasn't. Before the current recession, many people were living above their means and not saving appropriately. The current economy is showing that this lifestyle is not a wise one, but the wisdom was always there whether it was popular at the time or not.

Posted by: ABHFGTY | March 31, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on your new blog! We are firm believers that small, sometimes imperceptible changes can actually make a huge difference in your life. We're looking forward to reading your blog and tweeting about it @ThePowerOfSmall.

Posted by: ThePowerOfSmall | March 31, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Having trouble signing to this blog. Maybe this will work. My problem is with Bank of America. We had a no interest charge - on Feb. 20 I went online to pay our bill due Feb. 23 - fine so far. Well, they didn't post it until Feb. 24!!! Of course, they charged us a late fee and we lost our zero interest rate. How ridiculous. They encourage you to pay online and it is supposed to be faster, right? Just another way to add interest and late charges. I intend to pay this off as soon as possible and I will never use Bank of America again. I complained to them to no avail. Anyone else had this problem with their online payments? Another card I have posts the payment immediately. That is the whole point with online payments, or so I thought.

Posted by: cdm013 | April 1, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse

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