I was happily married for over 13 years

so I can say “been there, done that”. While our finances weren’t the problem, I’m still MORE financially secure since I retain 100% control over my money than I was when married. I think thats the part I have NO plans on ever giving up again. I have no plans of ever worrying about money again.

I’d have to keep up with the essentials

until he’s back to regular salary. If you can barely make it on unemployment, MAKE IT. In our area amounts earned while collecting unemployment are subject to additional money earned during those weeks. Better check into that with the UE office.

As far as the Pizza places waiting for the “Kids” to return…they’re stupid. Why not hire a MAN with responsibilities who NEEDS the job.
But with the price of gas – maybe he needs someplace else to work that doesn’t require gas money.