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.

2 of 12
Lori Brown - How long can I hold on?
Paralegal, 42
Jacksonville, Fla.

I am not better off than I was in 2001 - things are worse, much worse. At the current time, each month I fall behind to the tune of about several hundred dollars each month. I put the overage on my credit card - I have no other choice.

My child and I have no extras: we don't go anywhere. Between the two of us, all of our clothing (including the one pair of shoes he has and the one I have) can fit in one brown paper grocery bag.

I have to take medicine every day and at the end of this month, I have nothing left and with no way to get refills. We live in a one-bedroom apartment. My child has the bedroom and I sleep in what should be the dining room.

There is no dream of a house one day. We can't even afford the one-bedroom apartment we have now. We don't even own cell phones - like I said we have no extras.

NEXT: Rasheed Kazmi - On to his next business venture

Last updated August 28 2008: 4:39 PM ET
More Galleries
Ralph Lauren's many looks A look at his brands and iconic creations More
8 biggest job killing companies of 2015 Whole Foods became the latest corporate giant to lay off workers. Here's a look at the companies that have announced the most jobs cuts this year. More
America's best beer towns Here are the best cities to crack open a cold one and celebrate Oktoberfest, according to Trulia. More

Special Offer