Carmelita Dorsey is trying to make ends meet.
Lately, that has been a struggle.
She packs her kids’ lunches, limits her driving and has started unplugging appliances to save on her family’s skyrocketing utility bill.
A year ago, she and her brother moved in to together to help shoulder the bills.
Still, the 39-year-old Tempe school secretary is struggling.
“Honestly, we live paycheck to paycheck,” she said. “I feel embarrassed. A little bit ashamed. But I’m not out there spending money. I’m not getting my nails done. Everything’s just so expensive.”
Experts say problems like Dorsey’s are becoming more common as middle-class families realize their paychecks are not sufficient to cover the rising cost of living.
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