Many Irish will have to learn the frugal ways of previous generations when the IMF slash and burn cuts are implemented. The book Amazon.com: How to Survive Without a Salary: Learning How to Live the Conserver Lifestyle (9781895629682): Charles Long: Books is a useful guide. Obvious frugal measures include leaving on the heating for a few hours a day,wearing warm woolies,the bike instead of the bus,the reliable Japanese car kept on as a banger and all sorts of DIY: house repairs,home cooking instead of convenience food or takeaways,sandwiches taken to work and DIY entertainment such as picnics and social visits. Extreme measures could be taken if the foregoing aren't enough,such as raising chickens in a closet,renting plots to grow vegetables and buying cheap meats. Even meat can be considered a luxury:Charlie Chaplin and his brother survived on his mother's tiny widow's pension by buying fish heads at the close of the day at the lowest prices. Let's hope it doesn't come to that!