The slumping economy is being felt everywhere, from Wall Street to main street.
The reality is forcing many families to make tough choices and even forcing some stay-at-home moms back to the workforce.
The latest labor department numbers show the unemployment rate spiked to just over 6 percent in August, an increase for the eighth straight month.
Experts say stay-at-home moms trying to re-enter the work force face an extra challenge: the longer they've been out, the less they make when they jump back in.
Moms out of the workforce for three years lose around 37 percent of their earning power.