Here was Chas Kaufmann’s life before the Great Recession: $28,000 in restaurant tabs in a year, cruises, house parties with fireworks. His Mr. Gutter business was booming in the Poconos.
Now: “We mainly shop at Sam’s Club and portion out our meals. We spend $4 to $5 a night on eating.” He and his wife use space heaters in their elegant house and leave parts of it cold. The Hummer is gone; he drives a 2005 pickup. Tuesday, Kaufman said, he’s voting for Mitt Romney.