We've been worrying about the war on terror, but there's a war going on in our own homes, too. The enemy is the economy, and the casualties are our marriages, our children, and our quality of life.
• 64% of moms are spending more time feeling intensely negative emotions (e.g., arguing with others, crying, worrying about the state of the world, worrying about their family's future, worrying about paying bills)
• 86% of moms say they sacrifice buying things for themselves in order to continue buying nice things for their children
• 82% of moms feel personally responsible for making sure their children's financial futures are secure.
Indeed, we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, now more than ever. But no matter how hard we try, moms can't do it all alone ... and we can withstand only so much pressure for so long before we crack.
How can we get out of crisis mode, and gain the skills and strategies it takes to survive? Momlogic's Recession Survival Guide will give you the tools you need to win this battle, and shares inventive strategies to empower you to not only survive, but thrive. Our resident expert Michele Ashamalla, aka Recession Mama, has some tips and strategies that will help you navigate this scary time. Remember -- we're right here with you!
• Start a neighborhood meal swap. You each cook on designated nights for each other's family. For instance, if you start a meal swap with two other moms, you'll cook Mondays and Tuesdays, Mom #2 cooks Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Mom #3 cooks Fridays and Saturdays.
• Host a clothes-swapping party. Freshen up your wardrobe for free. You can also start a kids' clothing swap -- ideal for back to school.
• Start a babysitting co-op with neighbors. You babysit one night, a friend babysits the next. Some neighborhood babysitting co-ops even operate on a points system.
• Get fit by starting a neighborhood walk party. You watch the kids one night while your neighbors walk, and they watch your kids another night while you walk. This is a great way to get in shape -- and maybe even get some much-needed alone time with your spouse -- without any hefty gym fees!
• Shop with a pal. Tag-team warehouse stores like Costco or Sam's Club with a gal pal and split bulk items to save money.
• Get a Date Night babysitter -- for free. Strengthen your relationship and boost your bond by swapping Date Night babysitting services with friends or neighbors.
• Start a summer camp on a shoestring. Enlist four other moms to start a "summer camp" with you -- each of you takes the kids one day a week. Your kids will get to be with their friends, and you'll save money, too!
Coming tomorrow: No cash? No worries! How to barter for everything you need.