Go to barnes and noble and pick up a certification book for CCNA or MCSE. Master the materials in a few months then take and pass the test. Tech certs are great ways of avoiding the college trap and show you have actual knowlege. Just need to find something.. Oh and stop buying gold if you cant afford it. I really dont think it makes sense for someone who lives pay check to pay check to invest in precious metals. That money would be better spent trying to improve your life so you can make more and then buy gold.