So I did in fact receive an offer via email from the job I've been interviewing for. Unfortunately, they have seriously lowballed me. I expect negotiations and have replied with what I thought was fair for the market and my counter proposal. I've upped the ante on starting salary as well as asked for additional compensation after my 90 day review period. Before anyone replies with "you're unemployed, just take it!", let me explain further: The 'average' 1 bedroom apartment in a 25 mile radius of me in Westchester County is $1200 (and much more if you want a great neighborhood). I currently pay $1625 and everything else within nice complexes and apartment buildings are similarly priced. With luck, you find scattered apartments and 2 family houses more in the 1200-1300 range. So anyway, that makes rent alone 14,400 per year. Approximately 33% taken in taxes. Food, electric, gas, truck payment, gas for truck, doctor, meds, credit cards... Now, if my marriage dissolves, which it's leaning towards, then the mandatory CS in NYS is 17% of your gross salary. Then I'm also on my own for car and medical insurance which is currently through her. Insurance will be astronomical on both levels. Needless to say, there is a breaking point. You have a fight between cost of living and your salary. Eventually, if the cost of living wins - you're broke. So that means there IS a certain income level that is necessary to be within this area - and this offer AND my counter offer are both far below this figure. Why do I need to stay in this area you ask? My son. I will never ever move away from him. But will I have a choice... Anyway, haven't heard back from them regarding my proposal since midday yesterday. They (as well as the firm) don't appear to be spenders when it comes to technology. They are liable to tell me to take a hike, or maybe just not respond. But the part that sucks is that even if they accept I will eventually, and slowly, hit rock bottom once again as my funds slowly dwindle away. Been there, done that... First you start making late payments, then you prioritize which should be paid and wait on the others, your bank account gets lower and lower after paychecks, and then one day you wake up and have no gas and no money and no way to get to work... I'm still floating aimlessly down shit creek without a paddle, anyone have any advice on how I make it to shore without falling in and getting all smelly?