Some Eastern Kentuckians Looking For Second Income To Make Ends Meet

By: Amanda Price Email
By: Amanda Price Email

For some people it feels like a revolving door; gas prices are high, and in turn it's raising the cost of almost everything else. Some say they're not just having to watch what they spend; they are looking for a second income.

Pinching pennies for some seems to be a part of everyday life.

“We actually recycled cans for a little while, and just like I said, as far as car pooling with people you know and work with everyday,” says Ashley Boyd.

But not everyone can cut down on driving, so they are having to find ways to earn extra cash.

“I do a lot of, try to do a lot of construction jobs, trying to get remodeling jobs, just whatever I can, anywhere I can,” says Joshua Boyd.

“A little bit of everything, they're riding together, pinching pennies, and doing extra jobs, whatever. People that got a small income are hurting; I mean, they're desperate,” says Maxy Pelfrey.

Not everyone necessarily needs the extra money, but understand that some people do and have creative ways to help those in need.

Maggie Whitaker owns a two story house and lives on the bottom. She says she used to rent out her eight bedrooms she has upstairs and is considering doing it again.

“It would be just like for working people or students that come in here and need a place to stay and can't afford a motel room. I don't charge that much for my rooms,” says Whitaker.

Maggie says people are having a hard time staying afloat and are having to cut back. Renting a bedroom instead of an apartment is one option.

“If I do that, I would be to help people that need help,” says Whitaker.

And many people need help, counting and carefully spending the money they make.

Whitaker says if you have an extra room in your house, renting it out is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if you already work a full time job. She says she was able to put her grandson through college by renting out her right rooms.

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