Today’s online edition of The New York Times features a touching slideshow portrait of a family of six in California who are struggling to get by after a seemingly small–ten percent–paycut. Mom says friends told her it was be easy if she “trimmed the fat” from her budget. But as I’m sure many readers can relate, there isn’t much fat in the budget of a family with four young children trying to live on one adult salary. Now the full-time (and then some) job of the stay-at-home parent includes monthly meal planning down to the last detail of how to get the most from the leftovers. The family has also cut piano lessons for their set of twins, vaccinations for their pets, haircuts, and new work clothes for dad.
To watch the short slideshow narrated by mom, visit NYTimes.com.
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image: Max Whitaker for the New York Times