Recession Mama

{April 6, 2009}   Meet Carla

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I was supposed to have my hair done at my fancy Dallas salon just before Christmas, 2008. In fact, my appointment was for 10:30 the morning of December 12, 2008. Cut, color, style, the whole mess. I would drop about $200 including tip that morning. But the universe had other plans for me that day. I was called into the office (a major radio chain) for a 10:00am meeting on the last day of my maternity leave with Dean, my 2nd son. My highlights would have to wait. My “position had been eliminated”. I had just been laid off. And just like that, in the snap of a finger, my life was sent spinning. Everything was up in the air. And since no one is exactly handing out radio news anchor jobs right now, for the first time in my life, I’ve joined the ranks of the unemployed, just like millions of other hard-working Americans.

I’m Carla Marion, wife and mom to 2 super cool baby boys. I’ve never had to budget or save money a day in my life. Until now, that is. And boy what a learning experience this has been so far! (Coupons, seriously…? And I have to cook my own meals now? Lovely)

I will, at times, be brutally honest about this new journey … but most times I try to laugh about it all. So join me on my penny pinching adventure as my family and I learn how to make do with the money we do have.


funemployednyc says:

Hi, Carla,

Me and my blogging buddy are laid-off magazine writers. I like the idea of your blog and am excited to read more. Budgeting for the first time is our way of life too. I’m going to put you in the blogroll. Would you do the same for me?

-Mimi Me

recessionmama says:

Done. Hey thanks so much for the comment. You were my 1st, you know.

Oh do I have some stories to tell about attempting to save money…most of which actually involved spending money because I screwed something up beyond repair. Sheesh.

So nice to hear from you!

Have a great one,

Marie says:

Cool! Knowing you, this is going to be informative and quite entertaining!

recessionmama says:

Thanks Marie! I’ve got a story or two to tell. : )

Russ says:

Congratulations! This looks like it will be a fun adventure.

recessionmama says:

That’s the key word, Russ. Adventure. Not to mention a good challenge!

Teresa says:

I think this is going really great!!!! Congratulations….

Teresa says:

I love this last one; you are so funny!!!!

BOND says:


Adam Chalmers says:

Hopefully I can help, Carla. I’m looking forward to posting a blog or two on here about how we can all protect our assets and money during the depression.

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Stephen Burge says:

I am an unemployeed IT professional that has developed a fairly good size network and would like to offer my services to help Brad to find another position.

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