63 of 65
BACKNEXT
Jennifer Jack: On the brink
Jennifer Jack: On the brink
Jennifer with her fiance, Terry; son, Caleb; and daughter, Gwendalyn
Attendance and leave processor, 31, Fort Worth, Texas

With huge energy bills in our house that almost equaled our monthly mortgage payment, my fiance and I had to let our house go last year. We've lost our house and canceled our vehicle insurance.

We don't make horrible money, but every penny is allocated. Life is pretty miserable when you have to constantly tell your children "NO" when they ask for something - when you can no longer just go grocery shopping, you have to now only buy what is on your list and hope there is enough in the account to cover the cost.

Our bank account is always insufficient. We get harassing phone calls at our respective places of employment. We haven't even been able to go to the doctor when needed. I see no hope in sight, but I know that we are not alone. That's pretty much the only thing that gets us through all of this.

NEXT: Shannon McCauley: Burned by fuel costs
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
15 top executives with $1 salaries Some CEOs and founders agree to salaries of just $1 a year. But once goodies like bonuses and stock options are added in, some of those executives end up taking home many millions of dollars a year. More
Mercedes SL65 AMG: 621 horses of topless power Turn heads as you blow by traffic in this roadster convertible from Mercedes. More
Where the middle class is most unequal CNNMoney looks at the five states with the biggest differences in middle class incomes. More

Special Offer
Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.