The drawing is over. The winners are:
Winner #1 - Commenter #104 Guest, who said:
Time for the important things in life
We just had a baby so the shortage of work feels like a blessing. We may not have money to go out to eat but we have time with our daughter. Waking up in the morning with her without rushing off to work is priceless.
Winner #2 - Tweet #10 by @frugalfinesser, who said:
People are increasingly focusing less on material objects and more on what really matters like family, friends and community.
Congratulations to the winners!
h3>Responses from Twitter
: @wisebread at least we r buying investment products at cheaper prices every 2 weeks when my retirement account purchases shares?? maaaybe?
: @wisebread I guess being able to take a break. I was pretty lucky to save a bundle of cash in a short amount of time before it crashed.
: @wisebread Silver lining to the recession is that thrift and discount shopping is en vogue.
: @wisebread The silver lining to the recession is that I was able to refinance my house! Saved $200+ a month!
: @wisebread silver lining of the recession is that people are finally showing financial responsibility and have started to save money.
: @wisebread Spotlight has been put on predatory credit lending, which is spurring govt to actually do something about it.
: @wisebread Silver lining=People are more friendly to people commuting by bike. I used to get honked at...now people smile and let me go :)
frugalfinesser: @wisebread People are increasingly focusing less on material objects and more on what really matters like family, friends and community.
: @wisebread The silver lining to the recession is that people are wasting less energy & less stuff is ending up in landfills.
: @wisebread People have a new appreciation of what they really value. You only know what is really valuable when you lose the stuff that isnt
: @wisebread I'm finally learning how to cook at home, and to my great astonishment and delight I'm actually enjoying it!
: @wisebread Airline tickets are discounted. Mothers Day gift: her other son and his new wife that she hasn't seen for a few years!
: @wisebread - bad housing market meant husband and I could purchase our first home at a great interest rate, and still continue saving!
: @wisebread Since I am young & have limited investments, any money I put in now will grow in my 401k or individual investments.
: @wisebread The silver lining is more folks are becoming aware of there debt problem and working toward debt free living. Saving more.
: @wisebread people are learning financial responsibility thank to the recession! finally!
: @wisebread the silver lining to the recession is that after being laid off from a career that I love, I get to spend all my time w/ my kids.
- MyLifeROI: @wisebread Responsible people are finding a lot of great deals on houses and cars.
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All we hear these days are doom and gloom news about layoffs, bankruptcies and stock market dips. But it can't be all bad out there. So we're asking you:
Where's the silver lining of this recession?
There's no right or wrong answer.
It can be a tangible benefit ("I got a stimulus check to buy a TV") or an intangible one ("I've gotten to spend more time with family"). What aspect of your life is better because of the recession? Maybe this economic climate forced you to make a change that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The silver lining of this recession could apply to you personally ("Forced to look at my budget, I'm now saving over $500 a month") or it could apply to everyone ("The stock market is full of bargains now!").
Share your silver linings, and be entered to win one of two $10 Amazon gift certificates.
Win a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate
We're doing two giveaways -- one $10 Amazon gift certificate for a random comment, and another one for a random tweet.
How to Enter:
- Post your answer in the comments below, or
- Tweet your answer. Include "@wisebread" in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.
If you're inspired to write a whole blog post, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.
At the end of the drawing, we'll update this post to include (and link to) all of your helpful responses.
- Contest ends next Wednesday, May 20 at 11:59pm PDT. Winners announced May 21.
- You can enter both drawings -- once by leaving a comment and once by tweeting.
- Only tweets with "@wisebread" will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)