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households, financial stress, financial future

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ExEx 14077


Consumer Sciences


Working through the challenge of decreased income can give you great personal satisfaction, and you can make a success of it. With a positive attitude and with the support of your family (see ExEx14069, “Thriving in Today’s Times: The Family Meeting”), try some new thinking for weathering a current crisis. Whether your household is currently doing well financially or is struggling, adopting some or all of the survival strategies detailed in this publication can help you have a more secure financial future. The strategies (some from the PBS special, Affluenza: Epidemic of Over-Consumption) will help you rethink how to use your current resources. Strive to use your resources both efficiently (using as few resources as possible) and effectively (using the resources in the best possible way).


Updated June 2009