How is your life with the current economy?

@Kat4676 (474)
United States
March 13, 2009 5:44pm CST
My fiance was laid off as of Monday with no unemployment or anything to help us out. His income was the only decent one coming into our home. How does the government expect us to support our families and pay our bills? Even people from PBS's Sesame Street got laid off! (67 of the employees) To top it off, there is only one job on the work force center for our entire county and it only pays @ $40 a week as it is a food demonstrator. :( We are at a loss as to what to do as we have 3 children, a mortgage and all the other bills. I hope I have vented in the right topic. :S Thanks for any who respond. Ideas and thoughts are very helpful and uplifting at the moment. Love All you guys/gals here! Kat
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@mhayfie (242)
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
As for me a studen, honestly i dont feel any crisis happening..since our economy even said it was on its fast track it remain the same.(Phil) Thus, we dont need to feel something since we have been feeling it since time immemorial...hope that atleast you will soon find a job...God Bless!
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I hope so to. I could really use a job right now as I am sure a lot of people in the US and everywhere could.
@star_wish (173)
14 Mar 09
I am a student now,and i can't feel the fearfulness of the economic crisis immediately. However i will graduate and apply for my first job soon. Sincerely hope the economic crisis will end as quickly as possible & everyone can get his dreaming job. *^^*
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Congrats on the soon to graduate :) Hope everything works out for you and everyone else. With the economy the way it is I am fearful that we may not have any good jobs any time soon. Hopefully my fear is for nothing. Good luck with the rest of your schooling. :)
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
14 Mar 09
That's really terrible that you fiance isn't getting unemployment! Since your situation is so dire, have you considered applying for state assistance...food stamps...tempory cash assistance. Some states have energy assistance programs to help with your heating bills. You might want to also call your mortgage company and see if they're willing or able to work with you until you're back on your feet. Also, have you checked online to see if there are any positions open for city, county and state employees? If there are any federal agencies in your area you should check them out, too. Good luck!
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
The company that he works for won't pay unemployment due to him being an independent contractor. We get the food support and are trying to get the cash. He will be calling the mortgage company on Monday thanks to you. :) The biggest place for employment here froze all their hiring. They are firing the full timers and keeping part timers due to they won't have to pay benefits for part-time.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
13 Mar 09
My fiance and I live with his parents right now. We've tried to look for jobs but haven't had any luck. Right now we're doing all we can to work online, and that's helping us out a great bit. We're in no hurry to move, and with no pressure to either. I'm not sure where all the jobs are going, but I hope that we can straighten out are economy without doing things that are unnecessary, by that I mean jobs that are not necessary. I think that I'd take the $40.00 a week job because any little bit of money helps. Although if the gas to get there gets to much, and other factors are involved, then I wouldn't take the job. Welcome to mylot, I think you've come at a good time as mylot's doing more things to help us earn more money!
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I was thinking on taking the $40 a week job but, our car is out of commission and no money to fix it. Our hardest part is going to be our house. We have been here for 2 years and don't want to lose it. ty for your response and for the welcome :) Kat
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@jtr115 (725)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I've been applying for several jobs over the past few months, but none of them have hired me so far. My local paper had an article about a customer service company hring people to work from home using their phones and computers. I applied for that last week and am awaiting a reply. Being laid off last year came as a huge shock. I was barely making enough to get by then. Even with unemployment benefits, I'm still cutting back on things like magazines and other entertainment. I also had to cancel a vacation I planned to take later this year. Even though economists predict things will be rough for at least another year, I'm hoping to find something to get me off of unemployment (which expires in October for me.)
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• China
14 Mar 09
i look for a job as you now, it's too difficult to find a job with decent pay. wish you and all people with unemployment problem could have a lucky day soon.Godbless
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I wish I could run across something like that in our local paper. We just have OTR Driver openings that require a CDL. I have checked with a few online companies and most require payment of some sort. We are going to try to do the assembly at home where the kits usually cost around $50 with shipping but get paid fairly well. Good Luck and hope everything goes good for you.
• United States
25 Mar 09
Though my fiance hasn't been laid off yet... he's working about 10 hours a week at his electrical company during the day time and then working at a local retailer at night to make up a little money to help keep us a little afloat. I honestly don't know what is going to happen but I know the government has got to do something!!!! Our homeless rates are going to skyrocket because you can't expect people to continue paying for their homes or bills by no jobs and lack of unemployment. Even unemployment is a joke. My fiance tried filing for that only to find out that he would have to take "reduced" benefits if any because he had a second job. The only reason he has a second job is we can't survive off of 20 hours in 2 weeks. I get on here to try and make a little money and do a couple other sites in hopes that maybe I can bring in something to help, but as you know Mylot is no super cash flow job. We are in the same boat minus 2 children as you. We just bought our house 2 years ago this may and have a little girl. I wish that I could offer suggestions on how to get out of the mess but there isn't much out there. The best thing to do right now for people like us is to just take things one day at a time and try to not think about the worse. I know thats hard to think and believe in but you will stress yourself out more thinking about the future. I don't know what your bills are but try and think of ways to reduce those. Susie Orman (who is the money lady on tv) recommends only making minimum payments to credit cards rather than large chunks of money. As for the mortgage company, they have the new bill or whatever yo want to call it that the government is doing. Some banks are willing to work with you on that and others may not. I know we have had problems with discussing it as a option. I know our bank also allows for you to have a 3 month extension so to say. They will allow you to not pay your mortgage for 3 months and dock on 3 months to the end of your loan date. This helps you save your money for the 3 months and allows you to get "on your feet". The government program can be good for some but really read into it before you do it. When I took the time to read it I found that if the market ever went back up to the point of having equity in your home you had to share that money with the government by half. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much hope out there. I wish you & your family the best of luck through this hard time...
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I heard about the government program also. Definitely a no go for that one. They are the reason that we as families are losing homes and jobs, they do not need the money. Best of luck to you and yours also, Kat
@msplay20 (40)
• United States
14 Mar 09
I've been blessed to have a job during this bad economy. My husband however is not working right now so it is kinda hard just living on one income. I really don't like my job but I have to tell myself that I am lucky to just have a job at all and I could be in a household without any income. I don't know what you believe as far as religion wise, but praying has really helped me out a lot during this time.
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
15 Mar 09
It is hard with just one income, my fiance was the only one working and it was enough for us to get by. Now that he is laid off, I am not sure what we are going to do. Kat
@zeethegr8 (786)
• India
14 Mar 09
Well I'm a student and the recession hasn't hit me as bad as it has the working class in my country. Jobs have been cut down to the limits. The recession turned out to be a blessing in disguise for us. As my dad is a Technical Director in the hospitality field, the property he was currently posted at could not bear his salary and hence he was transferred to a larger property!
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
You are lucky! This recession is causing so many problems right now, I am not sure what the government is going to do with all the unemployed and homeless people. Kat
• India
14 Mar 09
THIS RECESSION REALLY HECKD US OUT. so forcefully i had to join this site for an extra income. but it seems it will take a lot of time to earn money. so in a nutshell our economy hasn't improved by much
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@Kat4676 (474)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Our economy won't improve for about another year.