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Question:Living frugally, but not by choice?

If you're in the midst of a major financial change (yesterday you were flying high with a triple digit salary, today working at Starbucks is looking like an option), we want to hear your story and possibly promote it.
Please post here or share your financial downsizing story via email at feedback@first30days.com

Asked by VictoriaB on 8/19/08 1 Answer»


The situation seems to be contagious as the world is restructuring. Does not mean it is an easy transition. In fact, often it comes with shame and a desire not to reach out for resources.

My current life is nothing like any other time in my experience. It is difficult to not blame myself for the position I am in, but I will accept that I had some "help" getting here as well as some "help" sustaining life while I climb back up.

One of my missions at this time is to research information helpful to others for resources that I never knew existed, let alone planned to participate in.

It helps mildly to know how many thousands of people are living only a version of the life they thought was awaiting them.

Because of messages like this question, I am further encouraged to share information, resources and tips.

If there is interest, I will post more of what I have found and/or a link to my blog regarding how to adjust to life in the slow lane.

Answered by: GeriGreene on 8/22/08
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