As we all know the economy is suffering right now. I think it is time we started to think about making some better buying decisions. If you think about it, the down economy wasn’t all bad. Note I said if you "THINK ABOUT IT".
It taught us to pay closer attention to our very way of spending, saving, and becoming more economical. It taught us to do this in ways that allowed us to budget better to get what we wanted without losing anything we wanted or needed in the process. For many of us, this wasn't a choice if we didn't want to suffer hard times. That ambition sparked in us built new and lucrative habits we can use far into the next "good" economy.
The fuel hikes taught us to think better about our driving habits and even the type of vehicles we drove. The economy has improved drastically (although still down), but if we come out of this time period of, for many, “Challenging times” without learning the lessons that will help us grow in a GOOD economy- to become more successful and wealthier than we were- then we didn’t learn a thing meaning the suffering and hard work of “surviving” was for not.