CREATIVITY – Creativity comes from one’s ability to have original thoughts, ideas and imagination. Given today’s economic downturn, when money is tight and jobs are scarce, you have to embrace creativity. In the workplace, if you can bring a creative solution to a problem then your superior may see you as a problem solver/valuable employee. This is a good thing because in many circles it can guarantee job security.
In our everyday lives, you have to be creative with the few dollars that you’re working with. If you can’t afford to continue splurging on expensive or high-end products, you have to seek out products and services that are comparable in substance but cheaper in price. So going to Wal*Mart, Costco, Sam’s Club, Dollar Stores etc. gets you more value for your buck.
We all like to hang out with family and friends. So why not take advantage of the neighborhood's park, pack a lunch, a blanket and enjoy nature with the family. You can also have a backyard cookout/bbq that won't break the bank if you have everyone bring a dish. If you feel like being out with friends after a long week, check out the happy hours around town for 2 for 1, half price appetizer deals and even sign up for the rewards club at chain restaurants like TGIF, Ruby Tuesday, Houlihan’s, etc. to get great coupons. You can top off any of these occasions by creating a fabulous outfit with what you already have in your closet.
At the end of the day, creativity can get you through these lean times and it’s a testament to your survival skills.