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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  • by Hi, Y'all Location: Here on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:56 PM
    Grow more marijuana. Make some moonshine, us hillbillies survived three hundred years doing that-(making moonshine) MJ is something new.
  • by shawn Location: floyd on Jul 20, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    just like debby looking for 3rd job. i gess we need more hours in a day than 24
  • by Reality Location: Kentucky on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    One of the problems is that some people are looking for 2nd and 3rd ways for the government to help them. More power to the working individual!!!! Lower tasxes on the working people!!!!
  • by William Location: seky on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:14 AM
    I dont think that the ruling class has a interest in the people of north America anymore corporate America has moved to the middle east look up United Arab Emirates Dubai city and ask your self why dont the people of the United States hear more about the major Developing region in the world what does Americans have to offer the rest of the world? people want pay for what they don't need.
  • by HazardHelp Location: Hazard on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    We the working poor need help. I work one job full time and I am not able to hold a second one down. Is there no help for us working poor?
  • by Travis Location: Brinkley on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:12 PM
    we can't all be pharmacists.
  • by debby hatfield Location: pikeville,ky on Jul 19, 2008 at 03:24 PM
    In answer to your question of looking for a second job to make ends meet, I hate to tell you that you are behind times!!!!! I have two jobs already and am looking for a third just to survive. With only 24 hours in a day,I guess 3 jobs at 8 hours each will be my limit. Working people need a BREAK1

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