Yes. Essential Christmas expenditure only. Mainly spent on food over Christmas. It has to be that way. I'm coping with the recession by telling myself I am fasting from Life's good things until times are better. To tell myself that even after 30+ years of working hard I am still short of money is painful. So I remind myself that its all the result of a recession not a failing me.
So yes this year its more cutbacks than ever. Mainly food to celebrate Christmas. Annual trip to the city for party with friends cancelled due to economic state. Train fayer to the city has tripled.