Economic problems became a major focus of the media and source of anxiety for consumers at the end of 2008.
And at the start of a relatively new year, the issue does not seem to be improving, with more and more shops and business forced into administration and people cutting back on everyday spending.
However, it’s not just the wider business world that has been hit by the economic downturn â€“ the whole Caribbean have been affected too, both on a local and national scale.
The ungoing protests in Guadeloupe and Martinique in recent weeks have highlighted how difficult some people are finding it to cope with the effects of the financial crisis. Across the entire Caribbean, people have been forced to adjust their budgets and lifestyles.
So what adjustments have you been making to cope with the financial difficulties, and have you made any changes to deal with the credit crunch? Share your thoughts in the comments below.