Stories of Living in a Paycheck to Paycheck World

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Takeaway listeners have started a conversation about food stamps, which pushed us to think hard about the calendar and the days of the month when checks and benefits come in, and the days when things are tights. 

Roughly three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with little to no emergency savings, according to a survey released this year by

We asked about the days of the month that are better or worse for your budget, and about the rhythm of the checks that come in and out of your bank account. 

Takeaway listener Katrina Paschal works in health care administration in Rockford, Illinois—a city with a 13 percent unemployment rate. She is lucky to have a job, but she still lives paycheck to paycheck, with the month's finances stretched to the limit.