In Atlanta, a research tech with diabetes reduces the cost of his insulin by demanding answers. Outside of Boston, a neighborhood bands together to provide free food to residents. In Rhode Island, a military spouse takes up part-time work to cover basic necessities. Hundreds of miles away in Chicago, two families team up to afford child care expenses. All across the country, Americans who are priced out come up with solutions to make ends meet.

The rising costs of everyday essentials and crucial services -- from housing and food to child care and health care -- are undermining the financial stability of US families. At CNET Money, we set out to show how people are coping through self-advocacy and reliance on their communities. The stories in our Priced Out series shine a spotlight on the essential tools and resources to navigate a changing economic world.