Doreen Dennett and her family love the little pleasures in life: trips to Orlando, gym memberships, sporting events shared with friends and family.
But it's all going by the wayside.
Goodbye, road trips. So long, housekeepers, and hello, home cooking. Eighteen months into the economic downturn, the region's middle class is hanging on by its collective fingernails. Even if you escaped mortgage problems, you can't escape the $4 gas, the canceled vacations, the fear of worse to come.
Call it the new middle class austerity.