Changing Expectations http://michiganradio.org en Changing Expectations: A second income is essential, but what about a third? http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-expectations-second-income-essential-what-about-third <p><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16px; ">Changing Gears is partnering with Michigan Radio to collect <a href="http://chgears.tumblr.com">stories about how people are planning ahead</a> in light of the recession.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p>Josh Eikenberry writes:</p><p>Because I got through college, I&rsquo;ll probably be slightly better off economically than my parents, who only graduated high school.</p><p>On the other hand, the generation after me is doomed; college tuition and a rapidly changing economy requiring less workers means no chance to improve or make money, and the (probable) lack of a social safety net just adds to the gloomy picture facing my generation&rsquo;s kids.</p><p>A second income is essential to any household. We have three. I work, my wife works, and on the weekends I work as a photographer. I&rsquo;m iffy about kids, primarily because I don&rsquo;t think I could realistically afford them. Maybe someday I&rsquo;ll have enough saved to buy a house, but I&rsquo;m not holding my breath.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; ">All I ever wanted was an office job. I have that now, so now I just want to pay of my debt and enjoy my life with my wife.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; line-height: 16px;">This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. If you want to learn how to be a part of our network, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/f8f8b186694f/help-us-cover-this-story" style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; border-image: initial; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 82, 155); " target="_blank">here</a>.</em> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:39:56 +0000 7155 at http://michiganradio.org Changing Expectations: A second income is essential, but what about a third? Changing expectations: The new ways Midwesterners are planning ahead http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-expectations-new-ways-midwesterners-are-planning-ahead <p><span style="color: rgb(83, 83, 83); font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px; background-color: rgb(240, 240, 240); ">Changing Gears is partnering with Michigan Radio to collect stories about how people are planning ahead in light of the recession. You can read more stories about how Midwesterners&#39; expectations are changing at the Changing Gears tumblr blog, <a href="http://chgears.tumblr.com" target="_blank">http://chgears.tumblr.com</a>.</span></p><p>Here&#39;s what some Midwesterners are saying:</p><p>&quot;<span style="color: rgb(83, 83, 83); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, Times, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">I wanted to be a stay at home mom, but we couldn&rsquo;t have just one source of income and raise a family. Our fix? I opened a day care in our home. I treat it as my small business &ndash; which it is - and raise our child along with 3 others in her age range.&quot; -Ella Bensen</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 17:10:56 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7073 at http://michiganradio.org Changing expectations: The new ways Midwesterners are planning ahead