This year, the struggling economy once again dominated headlines, and most of the news was bad. How has the slow recovery affected you?


"We went to the park as a family the other day to save money instead of doing something else. The park, of all places."

Sam Thompson • Systems Analyst

"It made me grateful for what I do have: a dog, a one-room apartment, and some pans."

Mary Sue Risbrook • Brim Curler

"Our family makes our own soda now. So, two of my kids died this year."

Michael Ward • Unemployed