I kept looking around for a better job, but without any particular training it was difficult.
I had been letting her use the car, while I jumped on the bus as my job was only around the corner.
I cut down on my insurance and pension payments, and we made other savings in other areas with our satellite TV and such things but we were still coming short by quite bit of money each month.
It was only an office job again, for a stationery company and didn't pay all that well as she could only work hours when the kids were at school but we were that broke that every single penny helped.
We managed for a while, but soon it became apparent that we were still struggling.
Even though I was only in my mid-to-late twenties I had difficulty getting another job as I didn't really have any particular skills, apart from administration and I had to settle for a simple office job where the wages were only half of what I had been on before.
My wife Beth, who was two years younger than me at 25 decided to find a job to help out financially as my earnings just weren't enough to cover all of our outgoings, and this worked out okay as our youngest child had just started school.
He had offered her lifts home before, but she didn't feel comfortable taking him out of his way. "I'll let him know that we've had to sell the car, and we'll see if he offers again.
She especially didn't want to risk upsetting him or taking him for granted for fear of endangering her job. If I let him know we're struggling, then he might even listen to me if I ask him for a rise." "Do you think there's a chance?
I had told Beth of my plans, and it was crushing when I came home and had to explain that my boss had said no to all of my requests.
I expected her to start crying, but she just smiled a sad-looking smile at me.
"Don't worry, baby," she took my hand in hers, "We'll be fine... Think of the money we'll save on insurance and everything, as well as what we'll get for it." Her light blue eyes gazed into mine for a moment, but she saw the reality of what I was saying.