Working at more than one job to make ends meet?

One way to get by in this economy is to work at several part-time jobs.

AJC reporter Michael Kanell writes about how some metro Atlantans are stitching together small paychecks from different jobs to fashion an income that can feed, clothe and shelter.

Are you doing this? Is it enough to keep the debt collectors at bay?

Any tips for others?

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March 24th, 2010
7:47 am

I’m working two part-time jobs, since i cannot find anything full-time.


March 24th, 2010
7:52 am

I ran into a guy last night at Publix. I’ve also seen him in Krogers and Ingles. I think he is working one full time job and two part time. I urge all you retirees that can afford it to join me in helping our neighbors over the hump. They’ve been paying our benefits for years. It’s time to give back.

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March 24th, 2010
8:24 am

When “living beyond your means” finally catches up.

- Eat at home…it’s cheaper and you’ll live longer
- Ditch the fancy shmancy car….if you’re worried about what the neighbors will think, you need help
- If you can’t pay cash for it, you can’t afford it
- Move to a cheaper place. Move within walking distance to work/MARTA/shopping…then you can ditch the car altogether.
- Cancel your cable/satellite/high speed internet/cell phone….none of those are essential
- Forgo that vacation
- Quit buying lottery tickets….you won’t win
- Shop at thrifts/discount/dollar stores…it may not be pretty, but it’ll get you by until you get back on your feet
- Do side work….are you good at cleaning houses, yard work, handyman, dog walking, car washing, babysitting, web design? Advertise on Craigslist.


March 24th, 2010
8:27 am

I am working a full time as well as a part time job, to make it happen in my house and stay on top of everything. I really had no plans on workinig a part time job for an extended period of time, but my part time job is so laid back and smooth that I don’t know if I will want to leave.

Since I only work that job on weekends, I may cut back to 1 day at some point and time, but for what I do and get paid I can’t beat it and on top of that it’s 10 minutes away from my house.

Rush's Working Man

March 24th, 2010
8:37 am

I work Full-Time (50-60 hours per week), I also host trivia once per week at one location and once per month at another. I am employed at a local church part time. Not fun, but I do it to pay off debt and to give my family a better life – not to mention to be able to pay for others that do not want to get out and get a job.

I take my lunch to work and cannot remember the last time that I spent money on clothing or other necessities.


March 24th, 2010
8:38 am

I am a teacher and I also have 2 part time jobs to help save money for a house. Now it looks like teachers are going to get a big cut this next school year and especially the next school year in 11-12. I always thought as a teacher, I would have a good secured paying job.

Fitty Patel

March 24th, 2010
9:06 am

I work as a part time bee keeper.


March 24th, 2010
9:09 am

If it is bad now, what is going to happen when the already financially strapped state has to pay for healthcare. Will there even be schools and other gov’t agencies left?


March 24th, 2010
9:12 am

For many changing their habits can give you the same money a part time job would.

Bring a lunch to work – $5 a day x 20 days month = $100 month, $200 if both spouses do it. If you eat out at places more expensive then fast food you’d save even more. $7/day = $140pp or $280 per couple. That is over $3,000 per year.


March 24th, 2010
9:19 am

My wife works 1 full & 2 part time jobs. She’s an MRI Tech with 40-50 hours a week…& some Saturdays. Sundays she’s at the hospital, and PRN (as needed) as a Medical Assistant doing Physicals for law enforcement agencies. What a woman! I’ve gotten to be a pretty good cook and housekeeper when I’m not working my 40 hour week. Thank you Jesus!


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March 24th, 2010
9:43 am

AJC reporters and the newspaper are really out of touch if they think this is news. People have been working several jobs since forever to make ends meet. America meet the “middle class”, “middle class” meet America.

Arazmus B. Dragon

March 24th, 2010
9:48 am

I work 1 fulltime and 2 part-time jobs. My husband works fulltime. If my ex-husband hadn’t quit his $60K+ job last June (and hasn’t worked fulltime since), I wouldn’t have to work the part-time positions.


March 24th, 2010
10:07 am

I work a full time and part time job (2days) and my husband works full time. I started my pt job during summer, but soon found that it was a job that I had to keep. We are a family of six and every penney brought into house is needed. We have not increased our expenses (buying new car, vacation or any new bills) it just take every penney to keep our head above water. Most of my funds goes toward groceries(which is extremely expensive), gas(likewise), kids things and my husband take care of rest, during time when things were slow for my husband and we got behind. Eventhough we did catch things up,times are just hard right now. Prayfully this to shall pass!

Ignorance is Blitz

March 24th, 2010
6:18 pm

I work part-time by choice and my husband is a full time student that doesn’t work. We live frugal and have always saved for a rainy day. He’s 40 and I’m 47, we have two-houses, no car payment, and zero debt except for our mortgages. However, our renter pays the mortgage for our rental property and 1/2 of our primary. The best way to live is to live way below your means, determine what are “real” needs and pay cash for wants, and stop trying to keep up with people that are broke anyway. Also, not having cable or local tv helps. We have a 12 year old and she is doing just fine thank you.