How has this recession changed your life, lifestyle, and do you think you'll be better for in the years to come? I've changed so much it's crazy... My job I loved is gone, which started it all... I will never again have another credit card or car loan. If I can't buy it now... I must save for it or do without. I no longer have a cell phone contract. I do pre-paid now. I'm saving money now too. "just because I've worked hard at my job and worked all the hours asked" doesn't mean my job is safe... My job went to China.. But I'm hopeful after the recession is over and the economy is growing again that I'll be in a better position to cope if something of this scale happens again. I've learned so much in the last 18 months!