Making Ends Meet In Tough Economic Times

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

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

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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