I am so tired of reading all these stories about idiots who bought more house than they could afford, and more car than they could afford, and racked up crazy amounts of credit card debt, and when someone got laid off, suddenly they're totally screwed, and they moan and groan about how everything went to shit and it's not their fault, call the waaahmbulance!
So it was refreshing to see this story
on CNN today.
In short: guy gets laid off from management job. He can't find another equivalent job, so he takes a job delivering pizza at Domino's so that he can make money while he's looking for something better. His wife earns a little money working for an exterminator. They sell the motorcycle because they can't afford it anymore. They disconnect the cable TV and start seeking free entertainment. The kids get jobs instead of allowances. Their mortgage is only $440 per month and they have no credit card debt, so they actually manage to pay their bills and not take on any more debt during the hard times. Hopeful ending: Guy gets security officer job with management potential.
They live in Lafayette, LA, which I thought was cool, since we used to live there.( article archived behind cut )