Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

13 of 46
BACKNEXT
Rocky Smith: Rural family takes hit
Rocky Smith: Rural family takes hit
Rural families like Rocky Smith's are getting hammered by price rises.
Tool and die maker, 47, Big Prairie, Ohio

Our family lives in a rural area in Ohio. My wife and I both commute 17 miles each way to work every day.

Needless to say with fuel prices more than tripling in a three-year period, along with food prices rising, there just isn't as much money available for extra things.

Wages have been stagnant, in no way keeping up with all the increases. To me this is a recession without doubt! More like depression really.

Those who live outside the urban areas really are getting hammered for fuel and being compensated very little, if at all.

NEXT: Chris Metsch: Ditching the car
Last updated September 25 2008: 3:44 PM ET
 
iReport
iReport
iReport.com: Your money
How is the economy affecting your everyday life? Tell us about how your money situation has changed - or stayed the same - in the last few months. What's your biggest economic worry? Send us your photos and videos, or email us and share your story.
 
More Galleries
How New Orleans is learning to live with water After Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans had to reinvent the way it manages water and protects itself from future storms. More
Your degree will earn you the most from these colleges Art majors can make big bucks, too. Find out which school has the highest paid grads in your major. More
10 most expensive cars sold at Pebble Beach auctions When cars are sold where the wealthiest car collectors gather, prices can go sky high. More

Special Offer