Husband was laid off today and I have been unemployed since March 2010

Today I write this through my tears and my fears. Its happening, my husband came through the front door an hour earlier than usual. I knew, I just knew. He said, “They laid me off today.” I know understand when people say my knees buckled. I have been unemployed for over a year and a half. My husbands paycheck was barely making ends meet. In fact he just came back home after living in another state because it was the only job he could get. He was laid off from his previous job. This morning my biggest worries were the usual ones. How I was going to stretch his paycheck to cover mortgage and put food on the table. This evening that has changed to how are we going to keep our home and I hope the neighbors aren’t home when they come to repo our cars. I have never seen my husband cry over anything..but today he broke down and said this wasn’t how I thought our life would be at 52 and 51. We did all the right things, got an education, worked hard and still I sit here broke. We have 3 children and 1 grandson and I am ashamed to tell them dad got laid off…again. Thanks for listening…
-C

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2 Responses to “Husband was laid off today and I have been unemployed since March 2010”

  • econobiker Says:

    Sell all the cars that have payments and get a cheap beater car. Sell the house – full sale or short sale if you have to. Get a cheap rental apartment. Sell anything you can in order to de-clutter and get some money.

    You can get through this. Check into careers that are on the upswing. Dave Ramsey (at his name dot com) has a good get out of debt program and can link to or recommend alternatives for getting back on your feet with a new career.

    Good luck, you are not alone. Mid 40s couple with her job of 20+ years shipped offshore now back in college, self funded move back to an area to be around his pre-teen children (who need help), and then him bounced from a job after 3 months because the owner was crazy and didn’t have the company’s finances in order. Yeah it stinks living in parent’s basement as age 40s couple but it beats the alternative.

    Look ahead not behind.

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