Relief unlikely to come soon

While Alicia Steele searches for work Tuesday at the Employment Security Commission, her 5-year-old, Porter, plays with a dollar bill he received in a Valentine from his great-grandparents. 'I just didn't think it would be this difficult,' said the single mother, who was laid off from her job in radio advertising.

Wade Spees

Watching your weight?

When eating out, ask for half of your meal to be packed in a take-home container before it's even brought to the table. Healthier savory options from last night's dinner, such as that veggie-rich slice of pizza or roast pork tenderloin tucked into 100 percent whole-grain bread, can make for satisfying breakfast options. If you can't resist having your whole meal brought to you, consider ordering appetizer-size portions.