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  • Have You Heard?

  • Bad news about the economy is constantly in the news, and the uncertain future has everyone a little skittish. Most people are making changes to accommodate the recession, but if the women in our survey are any judge, optimism and joy are still the attitudes of choice. Here's what Have You Heard learned about how women are curtailing their spending:
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  • Bad news about the economy is constantly in the news, and the uncertain future has everyone a little skittish. Most people are making changes to accommodate the recession, but if the women in our survey are any judge, optimism and joy are still the attitudes of choice. Here's what Have You Heard learned about how women are curtailing their spending:
    Cindy Earle
    Ashland
    I'm cutting back on gasoline. I used to travel to Medford every other day. Now I combine trips and sometimes go to Talent to shop instead. I volunteer in Medford, but I car pool now. I share a newspaper subscription too.
    Katherine Heibult
    Whidbey Island, Wash.
    We've cut way back. This is the first vacation in a year and a half and we took a road trip to someplace kind of nearby. We're not buying any big souvenirs, and we're sharing meals and traveling off-season.
    Margaret Johnson
    Whidbey Island, Wash.
    We're being really careful about spending at home and on the vacation. While travelling, we're staying with friends as much as possible.
    Judy Nolte
    Roseburg
    My husband and I are so fortunate. So far, we haven't been affected. We do worry about our young people. They're back at square one. My daughter and son-in-law have been notified that they won't be teaching next year and the children's education fund has deflated, but we will recoup that. The spirit of the country is so sweet now. It seems like we will work together and turn the recession around.
    Melissa Crosmun
    Medford
    I've stopped buying things that I want "just because I want them." I carpool more, and we share meals when we go out. But we still have a blast. We spend more time creating our own fun, playing games and walking around the park. What I really hope is that people keep patronizing the little local shops with practical goods and keep them open.
    Julia Albright
    Edmonds, Wash.
    Right now my expenses are really not that high. I watch my discretionary spending. I think twice about nonessential spending. I watch my savings account balance and maintain at least a minimum amount in it.
    Yvonne Egendoerfer
    Ashland
    I don't go to Starbucks or eat out in restaurants as much as I used to. I gave up convenience food and cook at home more. We've moved so we are two blocks from work and don't have commuting costs. My husband and I are paying off student debt and we restrict our spending so we can have a prosperous future.
    Joy Belhumeur
    Ashland
    I don't shop like I was shopping and we don't go out to restaurants as much now. I support the local eateries and my daughter and I still go out for coffee. We do more hiking and other activities that don't cost money. It's going to turn around, but it will be a few years.
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