Friday Forum

How Are You Saving?

As we head into the fifth year of the financial crisis, people are still cutting back.

As we head into the second week of the sequester, the federal government is thinking about tightening its belt. But of course, many of you have been cutting back for years. Eating out less, cancelling cable, running the old car a while longer. Even people who still have their jobs seem to be looking for ways to save rather than spend, the better to weather any future hurricanes.

So this week's discussion topic concerns tips for thrift. What have you done to cut back during the Great Recession? What were the easiest and most painless ways to economize? What turned out to be a false economy?