How does one go for months without a job and avoid homelessness?
January 26, 2011 6:55 PM Subscribe
I'd love to hear some strategy for keeping life together when you're out of work, looking for a job.
posted by DandyRandy to Work & Money (33 answers total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
On Monday, the company for which I work announced that it was being sold. The following day I was told that there was no place for me at the new place, and that my job would end next Monday, no severance. I anticipate a lengthy job search before something suitable comes along. I'm eligible for unemployment insurance, which should just cover the rent.
I hear these stories of people who've been unemployed, unable to find a job for months and months. How do they do it? I can't imagine they can make it on unemployment alone, what with rent, utilities, food, gas, insurance, blah blah blah. I need some help with strategy here to keep house and home together with little or no income. I can do without the NetFlix and the Hulu; I suppose I can do without the high-speed Internet access, but what about the other stuff?
So I would be grateful for some general advice from those who've been through it (or are still going through it): what can one do about things like iPhone contracts (18 months to go) and health care (I'm diabetic)? What and when do I tell the landlord?