Many Americans are biting their nails right now. While unemployment is rising for everyone (the U.S. economy lost more than 740,000 private-sector jobs during the month of March, according to a report from forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers), it is especially increasing for African-Americans. Hard times is nothing new for generations before us, but what would you do if times got harder? What sacrifices would you make for your family? Would you be willing to work for free to build your skills? Would you sell your worldly possessions? ESSENCE.com hit the streets to ask readers what they would do to make ends meet if things got even tougher. Read on to see what they had to say!