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We have it better off than most. My husband and I can afford to make ends meet - barely. I’m over $100k in student loan debt and my career isn’t even in the field I went into copious amounts of debt over. It’s also a career I adore, but it has very little in terms of advancement or pay increases. I broke my ankle seven months ago and still haven’t gotten it fixed because we can’t afford real health insurance; it still hurts if I step on it the wrong way. I also have had adenoiditis my entire life, causing me near-constant ear infections and sore throat/runny nose. I can’t afford to get that fixed, either.
Sometimes I don’t eat all day until he gets home, in order to save food. Anything to help get a few dollars into our savings. We are extremely fortunate to be making ends meet, but if either of us lost our job we would be homeless in two months. Living from paycheck to paycheck is more than most get the opportunity to, but we’re unhealthy, under-insured, and certainly over our heads in debt - we are still in the 99%.