We have been scrimping and saving and paid off all of our debt, invested in our retirement funds. So now the kids are school age and I am free to start a job so no more of this extreme frugality, right? Wrong! Wth the increase in gas and food prices, we will be stuck in the same place frugal place with me working part-time, except actually worse because I will still have to make my own bread, cook everything from scratch, buy clothes at yard sales, etc in addition to working. Just great.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> Well, I know that lots of folks are far, far worse off so I am trying to stay positive, but really!