I lost my job with Directv, got unemployment for awhile, then got a job with Time Warner Cable, lost that job, and am now driving a cab. I enjoy it, and the money could be much worse.
DH has a job, but is making next to nothing because works strictly on commission. There are so many tattoo shops in this town, and the only job he could find was working the crummy hours in a crummy shop. We are hoping he can find another job soon in a better shop, but he will still not be making what he was pre-recession.
We have nearly lost our home several times, but have managed to squeak by. I spend very little money on myself, so that has not been a problem. He finally realized that he had to stop spending money on crap he does not need, and that as been very helpful. We sold a lot of stuff that we really did not need, and did not want to move, (patio furniture, baker's rack, spare tv, collectibles, furniture etc). It is actually very liberating to have so much less junk and useless crap.
It got so bad for a little while that we were eating ramen noodles and very little else, but still managed to feed the kitties.
I feel very blessed that things never got as bad as they could have been.