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Can't Afford The Rent? Try This

Last Updated Dec 15, 2009 2:47 PM EST

Did you lose your job this year? Take a paycut? Watch your 401(k) evaporate?

There are a number of reasons why you might not be able to afford the rent (or mortgage). Millions of Americans are finding themselves a little short this holiday season.

But not all of them came up with this novel solution for living in a fancy New York highrise, rent-free.

How this came to light as as much to do with missing food as much as missing money. But I have to say, it's one way to cut back on expenses.

Creeper In My Apartment

Ilyce R. Glink is the author of several books, including 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask. She blogs about money and real estate at
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    Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist, best-selling book author, and radio talk show host who also hosts "Expert Real Estate Tips," a Internet video show. She owns as well as Think Glink Media, a privately held company that provides consulting, content and video services to companies and non-profit organizations.