Making Ends Meet

What happens when you’re unwilling to let go of a lifestyle you’re no longer able to afford?

Bill Thompson was a commodities trader raised on Chicago’s affluent North Shore. He was accustomed to a moneyed lifestyle, always getting everything he wanted. But after losing his job, things started unraveling. Bills couldn’t be paid, his already unhappy marriage got worse. He started looking for a way out.


A version of this story aired on This American Life as part of the episode “Getting and Spending.”


Posted on May 1, 2012, in Stories of Five Dollars and Other Amounts of Money. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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