Are YOU Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?

Thousands of Kiplinger readers shared their answers to the central question of the 2012 presidential campaign. Here are their stories.

We recently looked at ten measures of economic growth to help answer the question “are we better off than we were four years ago?” (See our story here). But our initial coverage was missing one critical component: you.

After all, facts and figures only tell one side of the story; our collective experiences fill in the rest. So, to help us paint a more complete picture of the past four years, we asked you about your personal finances now compared to four years ago. Is your employment situation better or worse? How are your investments performing? Are you spending more or less on groceries and gas?

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