Chances are, your financial dreams didn't come true. Which is not to say there haven't been hopeful signs--chiefly that things aren't worse. But when it comes to the recession, most of us are still pretty much stuck.
|To live within my means.||610 (35.9%)|
|Credit cards are dangerous for me.||148 (8.7%)|
|I can't rely on just one source of income.||257 (15.1%)|
|To save and invest.||416 (24.5%)|
|I didn't learn anything.||270 (15.9%)|
"Even if the experts tell us the recession is over, if it's not over in your household, it's not over at all," says Gail Cunningham, spokeswoman for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.
So as we reflect on the year that was, here are half a dozen financial lessons to take away from 2011.