Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Life when you're un- or underemployed

If you're wallet's feeling a bit lighter lately, it's understandable, as more and more of us are losing their jobs.

Here's a little secret: You can survive. We're on month 10 of being a one-income family, and somehow we're living to tell about it.

Amazingly enough, we've not only not missed a mortgage payment but also are less than $1,000 deeper in credit than we were when this happened. And that's with having to charge a full semester of college tuition and books since we didn't qualify for financial aid.

I'm grateful that I still have a job that provides health insurance, and that we're able to make most of our bills on my salary. Even so, lots of little things came into play, and for all of those events and angels out there, we are grateful.

Don't get me wrong. It's taken a lot of work and effort on our family's part. We're more conscious about what we spend. We are more conscious about the resources we use. We scrutinize everything. We get tired of mac and cheese (OK, the over-4 contingent is). And I admit that we could do better.

But the thing is, someday, our family will get through this.

And so will you.

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1 comment:

Corie said...

I'm so glad to hear things are going well (relatively speaking, of course) for your guys. Congratulations on making it this far...and for being able to keep a positive attitude about it. Hang in there. The sun has to rise eventually.