where the writers are
"MAKING IT"--getting by in uncertain times--real people facing change and harsh reality

 

"MAKING IT"--getting by in uncertain times--real people facing change and harsh reality

http://www.roanoke.com/multimedia/makingit 

THE ROANOKE TIMES  www.roanoke.com/

Tricks of the save

For millions of Americans, money has not been steadily flowing during the recession. Making It, an occasional series, features area savers and skinflints who are navigating the unstable economic waters — and learning how to stay afloat. [Videos by Ryan Loew | The Roanoke Times]

A mom's shift to frugality: Having grown up poor in Appomattox County, Danielle Murray strives for financial security so her daughter will never know that worry or shame.
  
A family learns to live without: Piper Lane and Paul Davis had to remake their family's rural-based life when the deflated construction market took away their livelihood.
  
A teacher's budget reality check: Michelle Twitchell teaches school and has not had a raise in four years. She has taken on side jobs and watches her expenses rigorously to stay afloat.
  
Finding a job is harder for older workers: Wanda Perdue lost her job at Stanley Furniture after 37 years and, like many people her age, finds it a challenge to get companies interested in hiring her.