No one knows for sure how long the present economic crisis will last, much less how much worse it may become. Life favors those who can adapt quickly to changing conditions. Hard economic conditions do not mean you have to spend your time depressed, frightened, or otherwise miserable. You and your family will get through this economic crisis by using your intelligence to wisely choose how you spend your income and how to consume the resources available to you. In these harsh times when everyone’s budget has become quite limited, there is so much more that each of us can do to stretch our dollars as far as possible.