Results for - Frugal Living
1,806 voters participated in this survey
I live in Alberta and with the recent drop in oil prices, the election of a provincial NDP government and the election of a federal Liberal government, many people in our province are very concerned about the impact to our economy and about being able to provide for ourselves and our families.
1. Do you think the cost of living has increased faster than income has increased over the past 5 years?
2. Have you done any of the following to contribute to balancing your household budget?
Tried to conserve energy costs by turning off lights, not using the dryer, turning down the temperature on the water heater, etc.
Tried to save on groceries by buying non name-brand items and cutting back on meat and convenience foods, when possible.
Tried to combine errands into one trip to save on gas.
Looked for used first when buying new clothes, toys or household necessities.
Stayed home instead of going away on vacation.
Cut back on/eliminated going out to eat.
Cancelled cable, magazine subscriptions or other memberships.
Eliminated "luxury" expenses such as manicures and golfing trips.
Tackled DIY projects around the home rather than hiring someone for the job.
Exchanged services with family/friends (e.g babysitting, haircutting, handyman, etc.).
Sold unwanted/unused items/clutter from around the house.
Tried simple ways to earn some extra cash (e.g. online surveys, delivering flyers, etc.).
Other techniques with I will share in the comments below.
3. Do you think that people in First World Countries have become used to a high standard of living and often confuse wants with needs?
4. Do you think your government's social policies/programs need to be improved to address the rising cost of living?