Recession Survival Tips Are Not Just for Recessions - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Anybody checking the headlines of business news channels or the cover lines of magazines including Black Enterprise, will see plenty of advice on coping with a struggling economy, rising prices and the threat of recession.

Pay down and avoid credit card debt. Cut costs and eliminate unnecessary spending. When you do spend, shop around for the best bargains.  Boost personal savings; establishing an emergency fund equal to at least six months of living expenses. Create a household budget and stick to it.

The funny thing is, these are the smart money habits we should have been practicing all along, the wealth-building lifestyle that Black Enterprise has always stressed in both good and tough economic times. In fact, the people suffering most during these times of economic stress are the ones who ignored these common sense rules of personal finance. When times were flush, they bought more home than they could afford, bigger cars than they needed and made every luxury a necessity. But if you look around, you’ll notice that some of us are less stressed than others. They are the ones that used our most recent and lamented period of economic growth not to spend more, but to boost savings, reduce debt, control spending and solidify their financial positions.

The silver lining of these tough economic times is the bracing but liberating realization that we can live on less, and we should have been doing so all along. Good money management habits are not just for recessions. We should not wait for an economic downturn to force us to do what we should have been doing anyway. Let’s hope that we retain that lesson when the economy rebounds.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is the editor-in-chief of

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Alfred Edmond, Jr.

Alfred Edmond Jr. is SVP/Editor-at-large of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is a content leader, brand representative and expert resource for all media platforms under the BLACK ENTERPRISE brand, including the web site, social media and live networking events. From 2008 through 2010, Edmond was SVP/Editor-in-chief of, helping to lead the transition of BLACK ENTERPRISE from single-magazine publisher to digital-first multimedia company. From 1995 through 2008, Edmond was chief editor of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. He has also hosted The Urban Business Roundtable on WVON-AM in Chicago and Money Matters, a syndicated radio feature of American Urban Radio Networks. Edmond is also an entrepreneur, speaker, author and amateur natural bodybuilding competitor.