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Making Ends Meet

By: Dave Benton Email
By: Dave Benton Email

HUNTINGTON, W. Va. (WSAZ) -- Everywhere you go, it seems like people are talking about high gas prices. In many cases, that's creating a domino effect by making groceries and other goods more expensive.

That's forcing people to find other ways to make ends meet. Some are searching for pawn shops.

Ewell Fykes owns the Diamond Vault, where people pawn everything from cameras to jewelry.

"See a lot of people talk about gas prices," Ewell Fykes said. "Overall economy is what it is."

Payday lenders are also an option, but discouraged by credit advisers who say you can fall in a trap. Pawning can be cut and dry. If you don't pay back the amount you borrow, you can lose the pawned item.

Another way folks are making ends meet is by selling junk. Yard sales can be big money makers.

"I get out and price and buy and try to make a few bucks," Jimmy Maynard said.

People are looking everywhere to make an extra buck to pay for that next gallon of gas.


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