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The last three jobs I've had all ended with the corporation either being sold or going bankrupt. My last job loss occurred when I was in my late fifties, making it virtually impossible for me to find a permanent position of a similar caliber. Since my last employer went belly-up through no fault of mine, I finally took advantage of the unemployment insurance I'd been qualified for two other times and didn't need because I always found another job immediately.

I was utterly shocked at the vitriol I encountered. People acted as if I was on welfare, not an insurance program my various employers had been paying into for more than 30 years. After I was unemployed for months, I was allowed to sign up for food assistance, which amounted to another $200 per month. Since I still had a decent car and decent clothes, I got horrible stares and sometimes even comments when I used my EBT card at the supermarket in my conservative state. My unemployment insurance was cut off before it was supposed to be because the governor declared that the program was running low on funds, so I was suddenly left with only my food assistance.

Lucky for me, I had purchased a home many years earlier that was much cheaper than the lender tried to convince me to buy and I had paid it off before I fell off the employment wagon. Since my unemployment was cut off, I've been cobbling together part-time and freelance work to earn about $12,000 a year, which allows me to pay my homeowner's insurance, taxes, and monthly utilities; cover household emergencies like a broken refrigerator and a plumbing emergency; gas and insurance for my 15-year-old car; and pay for my own food and a couple of pairs of new shoes a year. I'm still wearing clothes from my last job and coloring my own hair. I am very thankful for the Affordable Care Act that has allowed me to have health insurance for the first time in several years.

Quite a come-down for a college graduate who used to have a Fortune 100 job other people saw as exciting, but this country's job market is not kind to people who are nearing retirement age. No one wants to hire someone their mom's age. We are seen as out of touch, too expensive to insure, and likely to want their job.

But since I've paid good taxes almost every year of my life since turning 20, and I've always made very conservative spending decisions, I really resent being seen as a "taker rather than a maker."

Budget Living: Living On Minimum Wage
7/26/14 01:48 AM

@ Ketzel
I didn't give a vote to any Small, Cool entry that had chevrons, antlers or taxidermy, shaggy white anything, or one of those posters we see everywhere.

How Do You Know a Trend is Officially \"Over?\"
7/25/14 04:45 AM

What jconant said.

And also, what everybody else said about a wine rack. The heat from the rear of the refrigerator will turn the wine to vinegar in no time.

What Should I Do with Awkward Space above Fridge? Good Questions
7/24/14 02:34 AM

I'd do what Parnassus suggested, then re-line the bottoms of the drawers with aromatic cedar drawer lining. Cedar resists mildew, repels moths, and deodorizes closed spaces, making it ideal for clothing storage.

It comes in panels that can be cut to fit the drawer. You can usually get them at Home Depot or Walmart. I got the first ones I ever had a local hardware store. The harder-to-find real cedar-veneer shelf liner in cut-to-fit rolls is another great option. You can get that from the Vermont Country Store mail order catalog. Even though it comes in a roll that looks like Contact paper, it's real wood veneer. So be prepared for it to be hard to flatten. But it's easier to cut than the wood panels.


What Is the Best Way to Remove Odors from a Dresser? Good Questions
7/22/14 02:37 AM

@ew1 : Those aren't lamps. They're permanent light fixtures installed in the apartments' walls or ceilings. They can't be removed, only replaced, or altered as suggested here. I've never lived in any rental where people brought their own permanent light fixtures.

DIY Ways to Mask Awful Rental Lighting
7/22/14 02:18 AM

Shavonda's idea to switch the bulbs on those Hollywood light bars is genius. I never dreamed it would make such a difference. But now it looks like a modern fixture.

DIY Ways to Mask Awful Rental Lighting
7/22/14 02:16 AM

Wow, what a charming place. I, too, would love to see a detailed tour. Your gallery wall is lovely and your mix of modern and vintage pieces is very well done, Danielle. That rooftop is to die for.

Danielle's Little Greenwich Village Rental \"Penthouse\" House Call
7/22/14 02:11 AM

I find it really terrible that AT is encouraging criminal acts. By all means get permission, people. I rented for more than a decade and I found landlords to be quite reasonable about alterations as long as they enhanced the property. But one person's idea of an enhancement is another's idea of ugly, so get your landlord's OK before spending your money or you'll be throwing away that security deposit.

Radical Renters: When Renters Make Big Changes
7/22/14 02:07 AM

I never had a problem with 3M adhesive hooks and hangers when I lived back East, but I find them to be unusable in Arizona. The adhesive dries up and, in no time, they fall off whatever surface you've adhered them to, even if what you're hanging is very light. In fact, many things that are supposed to be adhesive are no good the minute you take them home from the hardware store. I'd like to get stick on glides for my dining chairs, but I've already returned three sets to various stores. I don't even know why they try to sell them.

10 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About
7/22/14 02:01 AM

That IKEA "potrack" in the next to the last picture is NOT a potrack. It's a shelf recommended to hold less than 25 pounds. THREE of those skillets probably weigh 25 pounds. That's very dangerous and if it falls it will pull the wall down with it. Guaranteed you won't get your security deposit back!

10 Smart Kitchen Storage Solutions for Renters
7/21/14 12:37 AM

So ingenious. Congratulations.

Before & After: From TV Armoire to Built-in Banquette Bench
7/21/14 12:32 AM


DIY Wall Art: 10 Fun & Affordable Ideas to Add Personality to a Rental
7/21/14 12:26 AM

This feature wasn't advertised as remodels to change our lives. It promises easy pick-me-ups for furniture we are tired of. Why is that a major source of griping?

10 Dresser Do-Overs Anyone Can Handle
7/20/14 03:41 AM

You DID keep it fresh. And that sofa is 7 feet of fab.

Mandi's Stylish SoCal Studio House Call
7/20/14 03:36 AM

Billy bookcases from IKEA. Very inexpensive yet sturdy. BEFORE you assemble, paint the panel that goes on the back the same color as your wall. It makes the bookcase look lighter and more like a shelving unit instead of a traditional bookcase. If you prefer a pattern, you can also cover the back with wallpaper. Saves a lot of time if you do these tasks before you nail the back panel to the shelving unit. $80 for the large size, comes in smaller units. too. Available in white, birch (light), and brown/black (dark).

How To Attach Wall Shelves Without Drilling Into Walls? Good Questions
7/17/14 12:58 AM

I love, love, love that look but unfortunately I live in a very high dust area.

Design Dare: Paint Your Trim Black
7/17/14 12:39 AM

I've signed up for the IKEA catalog on their website multiple times since I moved to AZ because I used to get it in PA. But no such luck. I think they "wander off" at the post office. Not like it's a magazine subscriptions that customers would miss a month. I stopped at the IKEA in Tempe on Monday to get one but they said they weren't in yet.

IKEA 2015 Catalog Sneak Peek: Stylists' Ideas Worth Stealing
7/17/14 12:37 AM

Very clever.

Can You Guess What Secret this DIY Mirror is Hiding? Home Story
7/9/14 02:03 AM

To the author: "An avid traveler, the house is filled with great art, too." So, you're saying this is a mobile home that buys its own art?

Christina's Comfortable, Collected Austin Abode House Tour
7/4/14 03:22 AM

I notice something has disappeared. My comment that the woman in this photo is seated in a very un-ergonomic fashion that may be harmful to her back.

The Easiest Way to Remember To Do Those Annoying Little Household Chores Comment of the Day
7/3/14 03:29 AM