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Doing what you have to do

When times are hard, you've got to sacrifice.

For one man in Lafayette, La., it meant taking a night job delivering pizza, after the loss of his $55,000-a-year managerial position. profiled the man, Rob LeBlanc, as part of a series it's doing on "economic survivors."

In Lafayette, a quiet city of about 114,000 tucked away in southern Louisiana, many of the jobs center around servicing the oil and gas industry, but Rob LeBlanc was unwilling to work offshore and away from his family.

When he applied for other jobs, he was told he was either under-qualified or had too much experience. After several weeks of searching, he took the only job he could get -- a Domino's pizza delivery man, a job that would cover the family's expenses.

"I had to swallow my pride and take whatever I could get," Rob LeBlanc says. "I kept telling myself one of these days something better will come along."

Read the full post here.

LeBlanc did the job for five months, before landing something better at a private security firm. His time behind the wheel for Domino's wasn't his only sacrifice -- he also sold his motorcycle. And the family has a frugal lifestyle.

The LeBlanc family lives lean in their five-bedroom, three-bathroom house with its $440 a month mortgage. The couple is teaching their children about budgeting and bargaining while relying on coupons and sales. They no longer eat out and no longer have cable TV. For entertainment, they attend free movies at a church. Donna LeBlanc takes pride that they have no credit card debt.

I like this approach by CNN, and am wondering about economic survivors in our own area.

What kinds of sacrifices have you made in your life during hard times -- either recently or in the past? Do you know someone you'd call an "economic survivor" -- someone who's meeting the challenges in their life head-on?


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Shawn Vestal
Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.

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