This story is part of an on-going series chronicling the rising cost of living in Seattle and its impact on middle class families. Email to share your story with KING 5.

If longtime Seattleites want to stay in their homes, they probably need to make some sacrifices.

For Joe Simpson and Monica Barroga, that has meant huge changes in their lifestyle.

The couple explained they only recently got internet in their house. They used to go to the library or the nearby Starbucks to surf the internet.

“Yeah, I didn’t even think about that,” said Simpson. “We’ve become completely used to living without amenities like that.”

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Amy Douglas has given up saving for her future, so she can stay in her home.

“I can’t have the power turned off in this house. I can’t have the bank take it away from me,” she said. “I’m getting by.”

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Her story, and the stories of other longtime Seattleites, are being featured in a new podcast, KING 5’s Priced Out Podcast.

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