4 of 12
BACK NEXT
Christine Boyer - The worst year I ever had
Christine Boyer - The worst year I ever had
Christine and Ron Boyer
Unemployed, 35
Hobart, Ind.

My family and myself are in much worse shape then ever due to the economy issues of 2008. I brought in the bulk of the family's income up until April at which time I was laid off without any notice it was coming. We had been just making it up until then, and now as of nearly September we are not making it at all.

I have to use my unemployment checks just to pay the mortgage and vehicle payments each month. Thankfully we have been able to keep up with the home bills but any and all credit card payments have had to go, and now we are forced to look into filing bankruptcy as I have been unable to get a new job with the limited amount available right now.

We have tried hard to explain to my children - ages 12, 9 and 7 - that there was just not going to be any family vacation this year, and that their school supplies and new school clothes would be limited this year. I have had to shop at thrift stores and garage sales to even get their school clothes this year.

The saddest part of all of this is my young children are learning the negative effects of a bad economy first hand, and I have found it extremely difficult to explain these more adult issues in terms they can understand.

NEXT: Scott Kobel - God has blessed us greatly

Last updated August 28 2008: 4:39 PM ET
More Galleries
The weapons of The Walking Dead Zombies are fiction, but the weapons on The Walking Dead are real. More
America's oldest workers: Why we refuse to retire! For these seniors, the best retirement is not to retire. From a 102-year-old Wal-Mart worker to an activist park ranger, these workers have stayed on the job well into their golden years. More
Why I'm protesting in Hong Kong Tens of thousands of protesters have flooded the streets of Hong Kong to demand open elections free from Beijing's influence. Eight protesters explain why they're taking a stand. 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.