Are you tightening your belts?
I haven't seen it yet, but apparently Portland Monthly's cover story is all about Portland real estate and why Portland is still America’s hottest hometown. We're not going to try to discuss the reality of the Portland economy here, but we've heard several families recently talking about changes in family finances to perpare for joblessness and other losses. With this economy doing something funny, are you tightening your family money belts even more, saving more for those rainy days? What are included in part of your essential monthly expenses and what are more discretionary (and, therefore, disposable)? Do you feel secure here in Portland, a bit insulated from the housing crisis that hit hard in parts of California and Florida? Or, have you noticed the chill, in one way or another?