28 of 65
BACKNEXT
Sabrina Smith: $800 fuel bill
Sabrina Smith: $800 fuel bill
Sabrina with her husband, Tim
Insurance specialist, 26, Lehigh Acres, Fla.

My husband worked for the same construction company for eight years. They had been in business for 52 years. Last July they closed their doors and he was left with nothing.

He found a job the same day with another company for less money. He now drives over 70 miles a day for work. The truck he drives gets 11 miles to a gallon. We spend well over $800 a month just on fuel.

If things get much worse we don't know what we will do. We do well compared to some people out there, but like most we carry $17,000 in credit-card debt and don't have much in savings.

We are paying for a home we bought six years ago before the prices became inflated. We have never missed a payment and hope to never have to. I had hoped to have children one day but don't ever think we can afford to.

NEXT: Joanie Ridnour-Skinner: Retirement postponed
Last updated November 15 2009: 6:21 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
More Galleries
7 startups that want to improve your mental health From a text therapy platform to apps that push you reminders to breathe, these self-care startups offer help on a daily basis or in times of need. More
5 radical technologies that will change how you get to work From Uber's flying cars to the Hyperloop, these are some of the neatest transportation concepts in the works today. More
Royal wedding: How much will it cost? Meghan Markle's wedding to Prince Harry could cost millions once security is included in the bill. See how the costs break down. More

Special Offer