Making Ends Meet In Tough Economic Times

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We hear from folks around the country who are unemployed about how they're making ends meet.


We checked in with some unemployment offices today in California and Tennessee to find out how a few jobless Americans are coping.

Ms. KATA BRADLEY(ph): I'm Kata Bradley. I'm from Nashville. I don't have cable. I no longer buy books. I photographed a couple of weddings.

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Ms. BRADLEY: I'm just making up things as I go along, anything I can do to make some extra money, but it's hard because I'm not making ends meet.

Ms. LOLA HERRING(ph): My name is Lola Herring, and I live in Los Angeles. We're struggling as it is, you know, trying to buy food, pay rent, car notes, bills.

Mr. MICHAEL HICKMAN(ph): My name is Michael Hickman. I'm from Springfield, Tennessee. And when creditors call and you're late on a payment, do you try to make arrangements, you know, explain to them, well, you know, I just got laid off and unemployment only goes so far?

Mr. BERMDEITH BAL(ph): Hi, my name is Bermdeith Bal, and I'm living in North Sacramento. It's hard. It's tough. I'm using my savings to make ends meet. I hope they pass it so we can get some money, pay our bills and stuff.

Ms. SANDRA MARYLAND-CRISSY(ph): My name is Sandra Maryland, like the state, dash Crissy, and I'm from Antioch, Tennessee. I mean, you got to cut back. You just got about - hopefully, you get the pig fat on the meat for $20, and then you get can goods to go along. And then you make a meal for two or three days, where you will make a meal for one day make it for two or three days.

BLOCK: Just few voices from unemployment centers in Sacramento, Los Angeles and Nashville today.

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