Let’s face it, we are in a recession, and things will likely be getting worse before they get better. In my opinion, we’re in for a long haul. This may be the first time many of you are trying to manage your household on a tight budget. Managing your household frugally and still maintaining a decent standard of living can be tricky, but it can be done. Some of you may be wondering what this whole survival / preparedness movement is all about. Well, learning how to effectively manage your household is the first step to financial independence, being prepared, and surviving the recession. In this series, I will tell you about our own personal struggles and successes and hopefully inspire you to take control of your economic situation. I want to give you a new way of looking at your household and a new way of thinking about how to survive the recession without going broke. Next…  Analyze Your Budget