A fat cat squeezed into an empty water box, thought that would be an appropriate picture to accompany this post. We are really starting to feel the squeeze of this recession! I don't know if any of you out there are really feeling it, but we certainly have been, especially since the gas prices have increased so. For instance, I used to keep my gas tanks full. I haven't run my truck in over two months. It sits in the driveway nearly on empty. My car is getting to the "ding, ding" moment on the gas tank every single week and I only throw in 10 to 20 bucks at a time until "payday". Paycheck to paycheck living here lately and I make pretty decent money as a specialty nurse. My health care coverage cost has gone up this year and the benefits really stink! This is United Health Care, folks. My portion that I pay each month is nearly $600 and I have one bill I'm making payments on and just wrote another check for $106. This is not hospital stays here. It makes me sick, although I can't afford it, sick that is.........How the hell can anybody? I've had to stagger all vet visits over two week periods for pay weeks as to pay my vet bills, thankfully all is taken care of maintenance wise, anyway. And grocery bills that used to be on average $65 to $75 are now coming in at $130. We've cut back in many respects, but we're talking basics here, groceries, health and gas to work. This household is really feeling the pain. How is everyone else out there? I'm really curious? What are you doing to get through this crisis?