Since The Economy's Downturn, How Have U Sustained Yourself?

@taripres (1499)
United States
July 12, 2009 5:22pm CST
It's been a long haul for the past couple of years to keep myself afloat in this new type of economy, but I've been doing it thankfully! I've heard about people committing suicide, killing their whole families and just giving up because they've lost their main source of income! It's sad to hear, but in a strange way understandable. Life itself isn't just based on earning power, there's much much more to live for; like the fact of knowing while you're still living you can get that earning power back and then some, living to watch your kids grow and learn from your mistakes, living for the Greater Purpose, just living for the joy of life itself! With that said, I'm just curious about what people have been doing around the globe to sustain themselves in this bad economy, since I understand this is a global thing?! Myself, I'm currently working for myself doing a little merchandising, home distribution, and quite a few things around the net for that extra cash to put up Let us MyLotters know what everyone is doing, you just may give others a great idea to help them along the way! Thanx Taripre$
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@punkincat (216)
• United States
13 Jul 09
My family and I have pooled together. I have been trying to get published, doing odd jobs, and signed up with every temp agercy, taking classes. Doing everything I can think of. Cut cost were I can. We do a lot of stuff ourselves instead of hire. It is so hard to keep your spirts up, its not just the earning power, I got lay off twice. I know other people in the same boat. It bad enough to go through a layoff once but the second ( in some cases third ) times are worse. I and several others worked so hard not to be in this situation so unnerving to have all your plans undone so easily. I'm working on trying to find a way out and not get caught up again.
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Sorry to hear about the layoffs, hope everything does go well with you! Shoot, I totally understand, this is y I created this discussion, to get the word out that we can do something ourselves to stay afloat!! Thanx Taripre$
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• United States
13 Jul 09
I'm glad you did, sometimes people think that layoff people are just a number. I have seen talked where people critize making extra money. Tell us to just get a job look harder. They just don't get it. We are trying so hard but we just can't get blood from a rock. Although we will find a way. Thank again
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
25 Jul 09
Exactly, we all just have to seek the alternatives until.....; but who knows, the alternative just may become the solution! Just look at all of these different websites and companies out here and online, it all started from an idea and now look, screw a regular job, become and create the job!!! Taripre$
@larish (2195)
• Philippines
13 Jul 09
I have a fulltime job and I make it a point that my spending is always within my means. I don't use credit card if I know I cannot pay it in full come it's due date. I also try to augment my earnnings with extra income on the net.
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
That's good you still have your job, but don't be afraid of the credit card situation! It's good to have that open account revolving for credit reasons, it shows that your credit is active, just stay on top of it like you've been doing! And it's good to try n supplement your income, we can all use that extra cushion! Thanx Taripre$
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@larish (2195)
• Philippines
23 Jul 09
Thanks for your advise. I will keep that in mind.
• United States
13 Jul 09
I have been laid off for almost a year now. thankfully I can still draw my unemployment check, without that I don't know what I would do. I draw just enough to get by, nothing extra. So far this year I have not turned on my air conditioner,not matter how hot it has gotten. I bought some fans and put them in the windows. I try not to buy anything that I don't need and that I can do without. I try to pay my bills and do my food shopping all in the same trip, I hardly ever eat out anymore and I cut my cable down to the lowest prized one they is offered.
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
U know what, unemployment paid me for the better part of my 2 year jobless stretch, and it did help wonders! If u can do it, keep the air off, but there are those days when u just have to flip that switch! As far as cable, ur better with it, cause without at least basic, ur not even watching TV! Thanx Taripre$
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@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Well, I'm one of the many that lost my job. I've been trying to keep my bills down and trying to spend as little as possible. Now that I have more time, I can post on MyLot, so I've been doing that, too. Even though it doesn't get me much. At least it's something and something is better than nothing. Right?
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Yeah that's unfortunate about being a statistic, well I guess many of us r, again unfortunately! ur right tho, at least this can be added to whatever we have to dish out to keep going! Thanx Taripre$
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• United States
13 Jul 09
Well, my husband and I aren't doing things to make extra money as much as we are doing things to help stretch the money we do have. My husband rides his bike to work 3 or 4 days a week and has figured out that he is able to save approximately $50/week in fuel costs doing that (plus he is reaping the added benefit of exercise!). Since it can add quite a bit to our gas bill, we are also not turning on the central air conditioning in our house unless it is absolutely necessary - so far, we have saved $30/month not turning it on as frequently as we had been. Also, we used to eat out a lot more than we do now. These days, we only eat out a couple times a month. We started letting our two children assist us with meal planning and preparation and have found that they don't ask for take-out nearly as often as they did. We had nice family dinners at home for both Mother's and Father's Days and both times, the whole family agreed that we had better food for a much better price than if we had gone out. So, anyway, those are just a few things that we are doing to weather the "poor economy" storm......
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@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Now see that's great, I can use some of that! I just got my central air repaired a couple weeks back and haven't gotten that gas and electric bill yet, I'm actually nervous now that you've mentioned it I eat out here and there, but I'm pretty much a home body so hotdogs and baked beans are the norm for me... Just kidding, but I am cheap tho!!!! Thanx Taripre$
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@morgandrake (2140)
• United States
13 Jul 09
I have sustained myself by digging a hole. Shortly after my unemployment ran out, I decided to become a college student (at the ripe age of forty). Since then I have survived with the occasionally temp job, by taking out student loans, the once-in-a-blue-moon check from my freelance writing. Basically, it feels like I am selling my soul to remain in the game.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Yep, that's how I occasionally feel, but I tend to try my best from owing anymore than I have to. and so far it hasn't been too overbearing! I'm still paying back some student loans from '95, just beat foreclosure, two auto repossessions in the past year, and 6 credit cards! not to mention normal utilities and bills we feel we need like cable, internet, and phone! So I totally understand, it's rough, but we've been making it so far, we just have to figure out how to get a few steps ahead! As a matter of fact, pm me, I may have something u can use! Thanx Taripre$
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@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
16 Aug 09
great post, as for me I am currently unemployed by choice I guess you can say, I work in health care and took a much needed hiatus, I will go back soon, tired of being broke other than that I have done a lot of other things in my time, you are so right that just because you are not working does not mean you can't accomplish other things for the time being, I have done that and I am proud of myself, any who look forward to your reply and will try to keep this things going.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
17 Aug 09
What's goin on kitty? Thanx for the response, and proud to know that you are able to generate some income while taking a break form the health care field! I understand trying to replace a really decent income is hard to do! But, if we subtract gas money, time in commute, lunch money, travel expense, and some of those "much needed" perks that come out of our paychecks, we would come out at about the same amount if not less than what we make at home; depending on what we're doing to generate income from home!! Great job and keep it up!! Taripre$
@kitty42 (3912)
• United States
17 Aug 09
awww Thank you so much, I will be going back to health care really soon, I kinda miss the work, no I do because I am really good at it, its hard work but hey somebody has to take care of these innocent sick people that don't ask to be where they are, and I have been blessed with the ability to make them comfortable in their time of need, so thanks for your wonderful words of encouragement, I will continue to support you on this site, mylot is such a wonderful place to discuss almost every concern you have every thought about, I have found this in just my short time of being a member, I was looking for questions about my new kitty and found a user from this site, so when I read her post, I tried to comment but only members can do that so I joined and here I am.lol
• Philippines
7 Aug 09
The economy downturn hits the whole globe, and the most affected are the poor countries, and most especially my countrymen who work abroad. Well I guess I'm still lucky I'm not one of the victims of downsizing. I still have my job, but still my earnings are just not enough. So to cope up with the economic crisis I do the following to earns some cash; I sometimes get some cash helping out my father-in-law managing his farm. But the money is only there when it's harvest time. It's seasonal so cash won't be always there. So I have to think of something else, so sometimes, I refer some suppliers to the company that I work for and I get a fairly decent commission from them. And now, I'm trying to do online freelance job. I'm just starting out with it so am still not earning a lot. But I hope in time, as I build my reputation, projects would come in as well as the cash. I agree with taripres, "there's much more to live for". And there's a lot to do to cope up with the global economic crisis. And so for those who's about to give up in life, read this discussion, and you might get something to be of help.
@taripres (1499)
• United States
7 Aug 09
Wow, seems you have a lot on your plate, but not enough meat Glad to hear you're still pushing even though it seems like it's for nothing! Shows much character to keep moving in such conditions; but we have no choice, it's either this or worse, and most seem to be going the same route we're going!! in essence, i don't feel so alone anymore! Taripre$
• United States
13 Jul 09
Hi there, My main thing is eating at home more. I try not to buy anything that I just don't need and stick with coupons. I try to watch about leaving lights on, etc. That's about it. I still have a decent job but I always feel like I could be canned any day. It's very nerve racking. I'm always looking for ways to earn online and a member of a very few select sites. Thanks and good luck!
@taripres (1499)
• United States
13 Jul 09
Of course, i think all of us can learn to control our eating out habits more, more so, learn how to shop for more with less money! I think there's a website called couponmom.com and cheapskate.com that shows how to shop more for much less! I'll check it out and let everyone know! I also know there are plenty of ways to make a lil to a nice amount of extra funds online, I know personally... Thanx Take Care