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Christie Donn on the Child Tax Credit

Christie Donn thought she was living the American Dream. She got married, bought a house, bought a car, got a dog — she thought she was doing everything right. But her finances quickly changed after her first kid was born.

Her daughter had a medical emergency and it really strained their finances.

“It got to the point where it was actually more expensive for me to continue working,” Donn said. “So we became a one-income family.”