Image via WikipediaAFL-CIO NOW BLOG:
"Stories from the Kitchen Table: America’s Middle Class Is Struggling"
Sometimes the grocery money runs out before payday, and then we have to be creative with what we have in the cupboards until we get paid again. My son ends up eating more cold cereal at dinnertime than I care to admit.
It means that most of our clothing now comes from Goodwill, garage sales, or clearance racks. This past spring our son was hospitalized for three days, resulting in $1,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses. This month a problem with our roof required $1,500 in repairs. Even though we’d been setting aside a little money each month for medical expenses and home repairs, we weren’t prepared enough and have spent the last few months catching up.