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youthere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-18-05 09:05 PM
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34. No, you aren't alone...
I feel the same way you do. My husband and I both have graduate degrees, and we didn't work that hard, or spend that much on our education to struggle like we are now. We waited to have kids so that we could provide a nice home for them, and now here we are trying to stretch every penny. Just the increase in our health insurance premiums have been enough to create a financial strain.
I guess I still feel fortunate though. Heaven knows there are plenty out there that simply AREN'T making it right now, and with the increase in heating costs this year a lot of folks are going to be pushed past the breaking point.
I feel sad and angry as well, and I will readily admit that, at least to a degree, part of it comes from feeling frustrated about my own situation. I feel a lot of helplessness and worry about what the immediate future holds not just for our family, but for all of us. How bad are things going to get?

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  -How are people making it? DenaliDemocrat  Oct-18-05 07:58 PM   #0 
  - I'm single and make a pretty decent salary but I'm always broke.  cat_girl25   Oct-18-05 07:59 PM   #1 
  - I am barely breathing financially. Here's the thread I started last  texpatriot2004   Oct-18-05 07:59 PM   #2 
  - And I have a college degree too. n.t  texpatriot2004   Oct-18-05 08:00 PM   #3 
  - Hey texpat...  lildreamer316   Oct-19-05 03:52 PM   #159 
  - College degrees have little meaning today unless you are teaching  itzamirakul   Oct-20-05 04:58 AM   #181 
  - Dupe  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-19-05 01:04 PM   #144 
  - I have a great job, great salary, no kids, & a wife who works, but...  bj2110   Oct-19-05 04:59 PM   #170 
  - good points you make. i wonder that too.  kineta   Oct-18-05 08:00 PM   #4 
  - If it were not for a small sum I received after my Dad's death, which we  grannylib   Oct-18-05 08:02 PM   #5 
  - The people are toe-dancing on a razor blade  The Whiskey Priest   Oct-18-05 08:04 PM   #6 
  - Loosing ground , but still sucking air  bonito   Oct-18-05 08:06 PM   #7 
  - I'm employed at half the salary I was a few years ago, and the  Ruffhowse   Oct-18-05 08:08 PM   #8 
  - barely making it with three babies at home. n/t  fight4my3sons   Oct-18-05 08:09 PM   #9 
  - I feel for you-here's a hug and hope it gets easier for you  w8liftinglady   Oct-18-05 08:18 PM   #18 
  - Im poor  Ksec   Oct-18-05 08:09 PM   #10 
  - "Borrow" $ from  shockingelk   Oct-18-05 08:10 PM   #11 
  - I work with people in our community who are in the lower  rosesaylavee   Oct-18-05 08:10 PM   #12 
  - Riots? Could happen. 5 million people have fallen into poverty under Bush  ultraist   Oct-19-05 12:13 AM   #80 
  - Most won't die from exposure. They'll die from the following more often:  elehhhhna   Oct-19-05 10:51 AM   #130 
  - I'm 24 still live with parents  noahmijo   Oct-18-05 08:12 PM   #13 
  - I am kicking this and nominating this  rosesaylavee   Oct-18-05 08:13 PM   #14 
  - I volunteer in several organizations that work w/underpriviledge (ugly  Seansky   Oct-18-05 08:14 PM   #15 
  - There is no section 8 housing in Tarrant county,Texas  w8liftinglady   Oct-18-05 08:19 PM   #20 
  - I hear you...I wonder the same thing myself...  youthere   Oct-18-05 08:16 PM   #16 
  - This is about what I expected  DenaliDemocrat   Oct-18-05 08:28 PM   #24 
     - No, you aren't alone...  youthere   Oct-18-05 09:05 PM   #34 
  - I've cut all the extras out  w8liftinglady   Oct-18-05 08:17 PM   #17 
  - get used to peanut butter  sniffa   Oct-18-05 08:19 PM   #19 
  - Peanut butter? That stuff's expensive! n/t  petgoat   Oct-18-05 10:05 PM   #60 
  - i've been calling the last couple of years  purji   Oct-19-05 07:04 AM   #111 
  - ....  bicentennial_baby   Oct-19-05 08:29 AM   #117 
  - My unemployed sister moved in with me  abbeyco   Oct-18-05 08:24 PM   #21 
  - That extra $5? Keep it and donate it yourself  Horse with no Name   Oct-19-05 12:59 PM   #142 
     - Good thought....  abbeyco   Oct-19-05 05:18 PM   #172 
  - It's gonna get worse  BeHereNow   Oct-18-05 08:24 PM   #22 
  - Speaking of advanced degrees  AbbyR   Oct-20-05 08:32 AM   #182 
  - Seven of us at home  TexasLady   Oct-18-05 08:28 PM   #23 
  - just out of curiosity...  grasswire   Oct-19-05 01:38 PM   #150 
  - I have a masters and the best thing I can say about my job  Giant Robot   Oct-18-05 08:30 PM   #25 
  - Welcome to DU...  phusion   Oct-19-05 12:12 AM   #79 
  - "Pretty decent salary"  Dr_eldritch   Oct-18-05 08:30 PM   #26 
  - we are hanging in by thread  Epiphany4z   Oct-18-05 08:34 PM   #27 
  - Let's just say  newscott   Oct-18-05 08:40 PM   #28 
  - I'm 29 and live off (but not with!) my parents. Have a bachelors degree.  gulfcoastliberal   Oct-18-05 08:49 PM   #29 
  - The working class turmoil is simmering. A judgment day will come....  B Calm   Oct-18-05 08:50 PM   #30 
  - I'm struggling enough I don't know how much more I can wait  Giant Robot   Oct-18-05 08:54 PM   #31 
  - Now more than ever we need to preach to our co workers that  B Calm   Oct-18-05 09:03 PM   #32 
  - Hey Giant Robot..,.  youthere   Oct-18-05 09:11 PM   #39 
  - relief  area51   Oct-18-05 09:17 PM   #40 
  - *sniff*  Giant Robot   Oct-18-05 09:19 PM   #42 
  - Giant Robot, I feel your pain too if that helps any?  AZBlue   Oct-19-05 01:44 PM   #152 
  - Same here--just got paid, got no money.  tjdee   Oct-19-05 07:45 PM   #176 
     - Buying a burger is an extravagent meal  Giant Robot   Oct-20-05 09:13 AM   #183 
  - Yep!  Talismom   Oct-19-05 09:23 AM   #122 
  - Think about how many businesses depend on  ccbombs   Oct-18-05 09:03 PM   #33 
  - No kidding..  sendero   Oct-19-05 06:38 AM   #103 
  - Interesting that you say that  MountainLaurel   Oct-19-05 01:00 PM   #143 
  - Absolutely  JulieRB   Oct-19-05 05:52 PM   #174 
  - I'm a perfect example - I work in sales in the entertainment industry  AZBlue   Oct-19-05 01:46 PM   #153 
  - Still doing ok  haydukelives   Oct-18-05 09:05 PM   #35 
  - Please do not take $ from 401k to pay credit cards!  holboz   Oct-19-05 08:27 AM   #115 
  - We are as tight as we have ever been  Dave243   Oct-18-05 09:06 PM   #36 
  - Welcome to DU Dave243!!  converted_democrat   Oct-19-05 10:49 AM   #129 
  - I have become very frugal  Coyote_Bandit   Oct-18-05 09:07 PM   #37 
  - Its nice to know it can be done at least.  Giant Robot   Oct-18-05 09:18 PM   #41 
  - You can whine for me  Coyote_Bandit   Oct-18-05 09:53 PM   #51 
     - I'm too much of a nerd  Giant Robot   Oct-18-05 10:05 PM   #61 
  - Dinner, tip and transportation for $10!  Sacajawea   Oct-18-05 09:58 PM   #54 
  - Barely? You can buy a takeout pizza for $10? Lucky.  readmoreoften   Oct-19-05 12:56 AM   #87 
  - Eating out once a week  Coyote_Bandit   Oct-19-05 09:47 AM   #125 
  - I live in a wonderful blue major city. But:  readmoreoften   Oct-19-05 01:07 AM   #88 
  - I cannot count the people I've talked to who work more than one job  linazelle   Oct-18-05 09:11 PM   #38 
  - I'm really lucky. have a good job  Cookie wookie   Oct-18-05 09:21 PM   #43 
  - Getting creative. Call up your services and see what deals they have.  Nickster   Oct-18-05 09:21 PM   #44 
  - $580 per month  dragndust   Oct-18-05 09:22 PM   #45 
  - We're flat-lining...  Kazak   Oct-18-05 09:34 PM   #46 
  - Living entirely off savings.  skids   Oct-18-05 09:37 PM   #47 
  - with all due respect  DenaliDemocrat   Oct-18-05 09:44 PM   #49 
     - skids says he is unemployed  Coyote_Bandit   Oct-18-05 09:49 PM   #50 
     - and it is sickening that you have to do that  DenaliDemocrat   Oct-18-05 09:59 PM   #55 
     - I'm not yet.  skids   Oct-18-05 09:54 PM   #52 
  - Making it from check to check  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-18-05 09:40 PM   #48 
  - Same here...  cynatnite   Oct-18-05 10:10 PM   #62 
     - Yeah I mamage to put a little away every pay day  nadinbrzezinski   Oct-18-05 10:43 PM   #69 
  - I have had two employers file bankruptcy in my working career,  B Calm   Oct-18-05 09:57 PM   #53 
  - 54 years old and it's time to go to my low paying job again..  B Calm   Oct-19-05 06:10 AM   #97 
  - Alcohol.  NoSheep   Oct-18-05 09:59 PM   #56 
  - lol!  phusion   Oct-19-05 12:17 AM   #81 
  - Cheap alcohol at that. I wonder what the responses to this question  Blue State Native   Oct-19-05 08:55 AM   #118 
  - Going Without  proud patriot   Oct-18-05 10:01 PM   #57 
  - I read all these stories  SheilaT   Oct-18-05 10:01 PM   #58 
  - I live in the deep red state of Utah and. . .  leanin_green   Oct-18-05 10:03 PM   #59 
  - "Even the state pays poverty wages"  MountainLaurel   Oct-19-05 01:08 PM   #146 
  - I saw this coming a few years ago...  TwoSparkles   Oct-18-05 10:11 PM   #63 
  - I'm in deep shit.  BiggJawn   Oct-18-05 10:18 PM   #64 
  - Then you see this shit...Cheney's stock options rose 3,281% last year.....  jus_the_facts   Oct-19-05 08:28 AM   #116 
     - Wasn't he supposed to DIVEST himself of those Halliburton stocks?  BiggJawn   Oct-19-05 10:54 AM   #132 
  - I'm wondering about the outrage from the working middle class  bluedawg12   Oct-18-05 10:21 PM   #65 
  - What's it gonna take?  BiggJawn   Oct-18-05 10:32 PM   #67 
     - Do you think Red states will vote against their economic interest  bluedawg12   Oct-18-05 10:44 PM   #70 
     - I'm afraid we'll vote the "Three Gees" again...  BiggJawn   Oct-18-05 10:55 PM   #73 
        - There are some who have drunk too deeply of the cool aide.  bluedawg12   Oct-18-05 11:39 PM   #76 
        - I see those stickers too! And I saw them during the '04 elections.  AZBlue   Oct-19-05 02:07 PM   #155 
     - Absof**kinglutely.  there-s a   Oct-19-05 06:35 AM   #102 
  - Sad to hear some of these stories  DemonFighterLives   Oct-18-05 10:32 PM   #66 
  - No health insurance as of 4 months ago.  progressoid   Oct-18-05 10:38 PM   #68 
  - scary to be grateful I'm 65+......doing ok on SS and pension  bobbieinok   Oct-18-05 10:45 PM   #71 
  - a lot of us will be depending on what our parents stashed away-  MarsThe Cat   Oct-19-05 01:10 AM   #89 
  - Get off our backs!  bluedawg12   Oct-18-05 10:54 PM   #72 
  - I like to be on the bottom sometimes  impeachdubya   Oct-18-05 11:00 PM   #74 
  - LMAO! n/t  bluedawg12   Oct-18-05 11:34 PM   #75 
  - Multiple generations in the same house...  Gronk Groks   Oct-18-05 11:55 PM   #77 
  - just lucky i guess- i developed a chronically painful spinal condition...  MarsThe Cat   Oct-19-05 12:05 AM   #78 
  - i should also add-  MarsThe Cat   Oct-19-05 12:20 AM   #82 
  - Amazing stories here...  phusion   Oct-19-05 12:23 AM   #83 
  - im scared  WindRavenX   Oct-19-05 12:27 AM   #84 
  - Juggling, refusing to get sick, lots of carb's, ebay clothing & bicycling.  Zinfandel   Oct-19-05 12:30 AM   #85 
  - Steal food & vacation at Walmart  dragndust   Oct-19-05 01:23 AM   #91 
  - It's taking a toll on everyone...  friesianrider   Oct-19-05 12:40 AM   #86 
  - Was looking to coworkers who voted for Bush screaming about  lovuian   Oct-19-05 01:13 AM   #90 
  - I hear ya!  TheGoldenRule   Oct-19-05 02:04 AM   #92 
  - One day at a time  donheld   Oct-19-05 02:05 AM   #93 
  - kicked and nominated!  snappyturtle   Oct-19-05 02:11 AM   #94 
  - Suicide for the poorest.  classics   Oct-19-05 02:19 AM   #95 
  - Hang in there man. N/T  olafvikingr   Oct-19-05 10:39 AM   #128 
  - Beans, beans, the magical fruit...  rucky   Oct-19-05 04:04 AM   #96 
  - Trying to figure out what I can cut next.  peacefreak   Oct-19-05 06:28 AM   #98 
  - It's going to get a lot worse......  sendero   Oct-19-05 06:30 AM   #99 
  - SHAME on those who can't keep up with the american dream  mopaul   Oct-19-05 06:31 AM   #100 
  - No kids.  Iris   Oct-19-05 06:33 AM   #101 
  - 2 jobs looking for the third  The Flaming Red Head   Oct-19-05 06:40 AM   #104 
  - I've been hoarding antiques and collectibles for quite a while  Vinca   Oct-19-05 06:46 AM   #105 
  - There's a woman in town here  ohio_liberal   Oct-19-05 11:11 AM   #133 
     - I'm a garage sale/church sale buyer. You'd be amazed what you find.  Vinca   Oct-19-05 12:16 PM   #141 
        - If I knew anything at all about art or collectibles I'd try it myself  ohio_liberal   Oct-19-05 01:08 PM   #145 
        - it's a great way to add income  grasswire   Oct-19-05 01:47 PM   #154 
           - We must be soul mates. I do the exact same thing.  Vinca   Oct-19-05 03:07 PM   #156 
              - I see by your location....  grasswire   Oct-19-05 03:45 PM   #158 
                 - There are few deals at auctions around here.  Vinca   Oct-19-05 04:42 PM   #169 
  - my income was 77,000 two years ago  notadmblnd   Oct-19-05 06:56 AM   #106 
  - nota,  elehhhhna   Oct-19-05 11:26 AM   #135 
     - I know, I'm scared to death.  notadmblnd   Oct-19-05 11:36 AM   #137 
     - You're right. Someone recently told me that a small business must do 10 X  TheGoldenRule   Oct-19-05 11:59 AM   #140 
  - There's just the two of us at home now.  Skidmore   Oct-19-05 06:57 AM   #107 
  - Im too busy trying to find a job  jzodda   Oct-19-05 06:57 AM   #108 
  - 13 million Americans have 'direct sales' jobs, no salary no bene's  lostnfound   Oct-19-05 06:58 AM   #109 
  - I used to be able to stay home with my kids.  purji   Oct-19-05 07:00 AM   #110 
  - You aren't alone at all . . . look at this archived thread . . .  HughBeaumont   Oct-19-05 07:14 AM   #112 
  - Bankruptcy.  kick-ass-bob   Oct-19-05 07:52 AM   #113 
  - inflation  sweetheart   Oct-19-05 08:11 AM   #114 
  - Well said,  atfqn   Oct-20-05 12:32 AM   #177 
  - And now they are trying to cut food stamps and medicaid?  mandyky   Oct-19-05 09:02 AM   #119 
  - I'm single, have degrees, work at a low-paid job with no bennies,  raccoon   Oct-19-05 09:18 AM   #120 
  - My mother-in-law is constantly exclaiming about how she can't  Talismom   Oct-19-05 09:20 AM   #121 
  - Hanging in , hanging on, accelerating my timetable`  MadHound   Oct-19-05 09:43 AM   #123 
  - "Clinton showed the naked face of the two party/same corporate  raccoon   Oct-19-05 10:52 AM   #131 
  - I am thankful that my husband is a smart & practical man!  CrispyQGirl   Oct-19-05 09:45 AM   #124 
  - This thread just depressed the hell out of me, and I was  olafvikingr   Oct-19-05 10:16 AM   #126 
  - I'm divorced with 4 kids, two jobs  ohio_liberal   Oct-19-05 10:32 AM   #127 
  - two thoughts  grasswire   Oct-19-05 04:14 PM   #164 
  - I have less than $100.00 in the bank...  bee   Oct-19-05 11:17 AM   #134 
  - You sound just like me, Bee.  MaggieSwanson   Oct-19-05 05:30 PM   #173 
  - Okay Before; Suddenly Now, a Crisis  Hidden Stillness   Oct-19-05 11:31 AM   #136 
  - Sadly enough, we aren't  Slfrighteous1   Oct-19-05 11:40 AM   #138 
  - We have been soooo lucky it's remarkable.  elehhhhna   Oct-19-05 11:44 AM   #139 
  - Ha! Only by the grace of God.  SemiCharmedQuark   Oct-19-05 01:10 PM   #147 
  - I've never made more than $35,000 in my life....  Tracer   Oct-19-05 01:23 PM   #148 
  - Cross-post for an answer  MountainLaurel   Oct-19-05 01:26 PM   #149 
  - Barely  Horse with no Name   Oct-19-05 01:39 PM   #151 
  - sinking fast  anarch   Oct-19-05 03:21 PM   #157 
  - I make 4$ an hour - work two 15 hour days and a 50 hour work week. . .  Mr Grieves   Oct-19-05 03:55 PM   #160 
  - Pure luck.  lildreamer316   Oct-19-05 03:56 PM   #161 
  - Someone should send this thread to bush and his minions.  Ksec   Oct-19-05 03:59 PM   #162 
  - I'm sending this thread  mnhtnbb   Oct-19-05 04:32 PM   #165 
     - Exactly  Ksec   Oct-19-05 04:38 PM   #166 
  - Two words- Top Ramen  LiveWire   Oct-19-05 04:12 PM   #163 
  - Wow, just wow  electron_blue   Oct-19-05 04:41 PM   #168 
  - I am/was just lucky. . . timing  rainidame   Oct-19-05 04:38 PM   #167 
  - Hmmm  undergroundpanther   Oct-19-05 05:13 PM   #171 
  - Thanks, now I feel like such an asshole!  IronLionZion   Oct-19-05 07:36 PM   #175 
  - I am a college student  drfresh   Oct-20-05 12:52 AM   #178 
  - I'm currently on disability  hyphenate   Oct-20-05 03:28 AM   #179 
  - Two full-time jobs, seven days a week  BuffyTheFundieSlayer   Oct-20-05 04:41 AM   #180 
  - Once in a while I get scared about retirement too  Giant Robot   Oct-20-05 09:39 AM   #184 
 

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