tough choices

Families face tough choices in the shadow of the Great Recession

Mar 15, 2013
A new HBO documentary takes a look at how millions of families have been left out in the cold in the richest country on Earth.
Posted In: tough choices, middle class, social services, American dream, documentary

Tough Choices: How the poor spend money

Oct 5, 2012
Three families living around the poverty line in San Diego tell Marketplace Money what it means to spend money when you don't have a whole lot of it.
Posted In: child poverty, Personal Finance, San Diego, Housing, cars, wealth gap, economic mobility, tough choices, poverty

Could you live off of $438 a week?

Oct 5, 2012
The poverty threshold for a family of four was $22,811 last year according to Census data. Do you think you could survive on just $1,900 per month? Try our interactive poverty simulation to find out.
Posted In: poverty, simulator, interactive, tough choices

The psychology of poverty

Oct 5, 2012
One Harvard professor says being poor not only impacts people financially, but mentally as well
Posted In: poor, tough choices, psychology, behavioral economics

Is personal responsibility the key to ending poverty?

Oct 5, 2012
Two takes from experts on both sides of the political spectrum on why people are poor and what they can do about it.
Posted In: poverty, personal responsiblity, tough choices

Rich and poor in San Diego speak out on wealth gap

Oct 5, 2012
Residents of San Diego's wealthiest and poorest neighborhoods reflect on opportunity, responsibility and the American Dream.
Posted In: San Diego, Income Gap, wealth gap, poverty, wealth, opportunity, Education, homeless, personal responsiblity, American dream, tough choices

Falling into poverty: A family’s story

Oct 5, 2012
Clifford Fleischbein and DeeDee Varner used to make $250,000 a year. They're now living just above the poverty line in San Diego.
Posted In: tough choices, poverty

A car can transport people out of poverty

Oct 5, 2012
When you're poor, car trouble can spiral out of control -- but for those without access to public transportation, a car is essential.
Posted In: poverty, mobility, Transportation, financial literacy, cars, homeless, San Diego, tough choices

Comedian puts the funny in frugality

Oct 5, 2012
Comedian Juston McKinney grew up poor. Many of his jokes have to do with being a poor kid and how living middle class now hasn't solved all of his problems.
Posted In: poverty, comedy, tough choices, Budgeting