There were no free address labels from my insurance agent last year. There was no magnetic calendar from my realtor. No fancy cards and stickers from the non-profit groups to solicit donations. I miss them. Didn't anyone plan for the lean times? Perhaps they didn't expect the lean times to last so long. I suppose I can address my own envelopes and print out a calendar for myself but it's not the same. I miss those little gestures of appreciation.
I already follow a strict budget so I haven't had to cut back significantly. I carpool and don't have cable. The next cut would be internet(eek!). Maybe food and telephone could be trimmed. That would be a last resort in case I lost my job or something. Hopefully I won't be forced to do that. So, I'll just stick to my plan and watch the mail for address labels. That's when I'll know things are looking up again.