The article is focused on everyday work in post-socialism as a part of anti-crisis strategies ensuring a „normal“ (sufficient) standard of living in Bessarabia. The study reviews old and new labor practices as well as other opportunities for extra earnings. Among them are: imposing constraints by shrinking the consumption and denial of improvement and development in everyday life, labor in the informal sector, home agricultural production and farming, suitcase trade, etc. The labor migration and foster care as other sources of income are also discussed. All of these activities were relevant in the first decade of the new century, a period characterized by dynamic political and economic changes, uncertainty, and impoverishment of households.
Key words: informal economy, labor practices, everyday life, foster care, labor migration.