On the face of it, the recession is pissing all over your parade. Job rejections, frozen wages and a whole tide of other downsides seek to tighten your purse strings and obliterate any opportunities coming your way. But, if the recession is a big depressing cloud of piss, at least there’s a rainbow of happiness hidden nearby! Find the pot of gold as it were… and resist the urge to sell it to Cash For Gold!
1 – Being more selective when shopping = better quality wardrobe
This time a couple of years ago, I was at university with an ample student loan waiting to be burned. So, I did what a girl does best and weekly, if not fortnightly, top up my trove of clothes with more and more. As a result, I now have clothes that I bought “for no good reason” or “it might fit me one day”. Thankfully the recession has made us all think that little bit harder before we buy. We look for investment pieces rather than tacky and of-the-minute trends. As a result, our purchases are far more likely to still be adorning us in years to come.
2 – Buying less material possessions = more inventive outfits
Take a long hard look inside your wardrobe. It’s not expanding at the rate of the golden era of rampant consumerism, but I bet you interact with it differently. You eye up that questionable knitted skirt you bought in a thrift-store in San Francisco one jetlagged day and think “My goodness – that would be perfect as a snood!”
3 – You spend less on nights out = less alcohol
I do hope this to be true! Maybe it’s also a result of spending most of the past year abroad travelling, but I definitely pay more attention to how much I spend when I go to bars and nightclubs. Cocktails are now strictly Special Occasion. And I’m inadvertently looking after my internals by choosing to ask for a drink of water rather than a alcoholic beverage when there!
4 – Employers’ market = You work harder
The number of applications to entry-level jobs is freaking exponential. Not only are us poor graduate souls competing against our peers, but now we have to compete against our redundant elders who have years of experience on us.
BUT, don’t admit defeat already! Instead, try that little bit harder to give your CV the edge, and put that extra effort into interview preparation. Ok, you might not get the job, but at least you can say you did your best.
5 – Being unemployed = more time for everything
Sure, you might have less money with which to go travelling, paying for guitar or language lessons, but you have the time. You have the time to learn how to knit, to read that book you never got round to, or to re-decorate your whole house!