event of a job loss.
9. Going to an free performance put on by a local band, dance troupe, or theatrical group will keep you
entertained and help you to have a good time, in spite of bad times.
8. If you are said band member, dancer, or actor, these activities can release stress and if your
performances aren’t free, your pockets can get a little padding.
7. Since commercialism fuels the holidays, save yourself some money and stress by making gifts by
6. A continuation of #7, reduce stress and potential road, parking lot, or mall shopping rage, keep
yourself out of jail, and someone else out of the hospital by creatively designing your own gifts. Did
someone say refashioned silverware?
5. Save money on an evening baby sitter and teach your little ones a thing about paper, paint, fabric,
and glue. A little bit of this and a baby monitor may free up enough time for you and the hubby to
enjoy a nice evening together.
4. Since making good food is an art, save some money and prepare truly superb gourmet meals for a
month, spending what you would in a week on fast food. Filet those bills, man! Eat at home.
breaking plates and using the shards of glass along with grout, to make a beautiful mosiac. Try
creating a mosaic table top, or serving tray. (Please be safe. Cutting yourself or others does NOT
classify as art so don’t do it! Adult or a sponsors supervision is advised.)
2. If therapist bills got you down, grab a crochet or set of knitting needles and work it out. Better yet,
grab a pen and a journal and write out how you feel, maybe even tossing in a bit of fictional
information to take your mind away. You may find your mental health more manageable and that you
have a best selling book on your hands.
1. The number one reason the arts and some crafts are good for the recession is its ability to keep you
from thinking about it. Wasting time worrying about it won’t change the situation. However,
productivity and using your gifts creatively may provide a solution to the mental, physical and
financial effects of today’s financial crisis.