Megan Wiseman feels like she probably should buy a video game console or two, plus a handful of games — she works as a technical writer for a video game company and needs to stay on top of the industry.

But with the stock market plunging, job losses increasing, and the threat of greater inflation, she’s resisting. The Raleigh, North Carolina resident dumped her cell phone plan in favor of a cheaper pay-as-you-go phone.

“I kind of miss having a gadgety phone and I’ve been kind of trying to think of how I can work that back into my budget but it just hasn’t really been possible,” she said.

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