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post #321 of 385
Thought I would post an update on me. Things are going well DH has been working a couple days a week and seems to be healing!! It is amazing how long it can take muscle to repair itself and to see someone struggle with even basic lifting

Food is very low and we are praying for the first to come soon. I am thinking that this next month I am going to try and do a meal plan or menu for the entire month and see how that works out.

Hoping things keep looking up of course with the cold weather here Dh will be out of work again and we will be living on $70 a week. We do not qualify for assisstance because Dh is self employed but they told us when he isn't working he could do community service every day from 8-5 and then we might be able to get something. So that doesn't sound likely.

Hope everyone is enjoying this last week of the month and that November brings more joy and happiness!
post #322 of 385
Sorry again mamas, but another reminder of what was posted by MDC's Assistant Administrator --


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post #323 of 385
just got back from WIC - rained pretty hard but we made it there and back thankfully. Thank G-d for the rain coat I found at the thrift for $1 a while back - DD managed to stay pretty dry walking home except for her feet {note to self find rain boots at the thrift}.

And as soon as it stops raining and the flooding goes down we can go pick up our WIC food and have a feast.

Any ideas for using up WIC foods? We're drowning in milk already since I got vouchers for a gallon free at that expo, and now I'm getting another gallon an a half tomorrow, and 3 more on Sunday. Everything else we're pretty good at using, but the milk I'm stumped with since we don't really drink it.

And if anyone knows how to use Rice Noodles {Asian style} in something that doesn't have peanuts I'd really appreciate it - we got a box free at the expo but I've no idea how to cook or use them as I've never had them before. Both the ideas on the both have peanut butter in them, and DD is allergic.
post #324 of 385
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And if anyone knows how to use Rice Noodles {Asian style} in something that doesn't have peanuts I'd really appreciate it - we got a box free at the expo but I've no idea how to cook or use them as I've never had them before. Both the ideas on the both have peanut butter in them, and DD is allergic.
Just sub another butter you can use, soy, sunflower, ect
post #325 of 385
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Any ideas for using up WIC foods? We're drowning in milk already since I got vouchers for a gallon free at that expo, and now I'm getting another gallon an a half tomorrow, and 3 more on Sunday. Everything else we're pretty good at using, but the milk I'm stumped with since we don't really drink it.

And if anyone knows how to use Rice Noodles {Asian style} in something that doesn't have peanuts I'd really appreciate it - we got a box free at the expo but I've no idea how to cook or use them as I've never had them before. Both the ideas on the both have peanut butter in them, and DD is allergic.
Some people make cheese with their WIC milk. One almost 100% wic dinner that I do is bean tacos- chickpeas or lentils for the meat (black and pinto would work too), spiced up, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado with the veggie voucher, and corn or ww tortillas for the whole grain (we do corn, there's less "stuff" in them).. oh and you could do cheese on yours with wic too (we're vegan at home so I never get the cheese).

Rice noodles- maybe a coconut curry?
post #326 of 385
You can freeze your milk too. Thats what we do so that we have milk when we run out.

Heres other things we make with our milk that use large amounts of milk

Mottzerella Cheese
Yogurt
Pudding
Pancakes
Clam and corn chowder
Milkshakes
post #327 of 385
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And if anyone knows how to use Rice Noodles {Asian style} in something that doesn't have peanuts I'd really appreciate it - we got a box free at the expo but I've no idea how to cook or use them as I've never had them before. Both the ideas on the both have peanut butter in them, and DD is allergic.
Just cook the rice noodles according to the package and add them to any stirfry or you could make pho which is rice noodle soup. Pho is one of my favorite dishes. Make a beef broth, add some beef or your choice of meat. Cook nice noodles in a seperate pot, drain then put the rice noodles in the bottom of your bowl and cover with broth. Serve with Asian sauces like hoisen sauce and hot sauce, cilantra, mint, bean sprouts, lime and whatever else you want. You don't have all those ingredients, you just pick and chose what you want. It's very cost effective.
post #328 of 385
I thought you all might like to read this blog post: http://shackman.xanga.com/637065254/...oormans-fault/


Even single men "feel" the same way.
post #329 of 385
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I thought you all might like to read this blog post: http://shackman.xanga.com/637065254/...oormans-fault/


Even single men "feel" the same way.
i liked that, thanks for sharing!
post #330 of 385
Thanks I needed something to share back to the brillant people who have recently posted articles about how being poor is that person's fault

Good news from a nice thrift store in Tampa today. Got both kids how needed coats cared for. They were half off so under $1 each. They are fleece so if it gets really cold like I have been warned it can here it won't be that great, but it's something. They also each got a pair of jeans for under $1 just gotta hem them. Now if I could just find some clothes for me it would be nice. I'm down to 2 pairs of shorts and 4 shirts that fit. Hopefully before I can't get the shorts on I find something I can get.


eta: Found a great way to depress myself. I was looking through the resources listed in the HH and saw something about car help where I live. Sounds good as we could use it. They only help if you make above the poverty line. I make over minimum wage working 40 hours a week and am no where near their listing for the poverty line.
post #331 of 385
Hooray! They Finally Fixed my Benefits! I can go to the grocery store and stock my pantry tomorrow, and if something crazy happens, I have medicaid!

i just wish these annoying contractions would turn into labor already--gaaahh, everything hurts....
post #332 of 385
Does anyone else feel totally naked without a savings account? (Or do you have savings?) When I was a kid, I always had a couple thousand dollars in savings because I worked and saved EVERYTHING. Everything went downhill after I got married and had kids. Now I have NOTHING and I feel so naked. We would be soooooo screwed if anything happened.

I counted and rolled change the other day to start a little savings for Xmas this year. At least I'll have something!!!!! But it feels so insignificant and pathetic.
post #333 of 385
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Does anyone else feel totally naked without a savings account? (Or do you have savings?) When I was a kid, I always had a couple thousand dollars in savings because I worked and saved EVERYTHING. Everything went downhill after I got married and had kids. Now I have NOTHING and I feel so naked. We would be soooooo screwed if anything happened.

I counted and rolled change the other day to start a little savings for Xmas this year. At least I'll have something!!!!! But it feels so insignificant and pathetic.
Savings? I haven't had one of those since my 9 yr old was born, there's never been any extra money to save.
post #334 of 385
bwahaha no--I haven't had savings like, ever in my life

Even when we supposedly made good money, it was always gone by the end of the month. Ironically, I've gotten a LOT more frugal over the years, but my financial situation has gotten more dire
post #335 of 385
That's what I figured. When I saw the thread about saving for college or retirement, I thought, um...no. We'll never retire, ever. My kids will have to figure out college on their own. The idea of an emergency fund is laughable.

DH and I figured that when the car is paid off, we will use that $170 a month to put in savings, since we'll already be used to paying it off. In two years we'll have a whopping $4,000. But not really, since I'm sure that we'll have to spend all that buying new tires or replacing car parts or dental or doctor bills. Bah. How do you get ahead? I just want to get the tiniest bit ahead. Have $1,000 in an emergency fund. Pay bills without juggling. I want to get the freaking glasses I need so badly. I'm not asking for too much here, darnit!

I'm feeling down tonight.
post #336 of 385
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I want to get the freaking glasses I need so badly. I'm not asking for too much here, darnit!

I'm feeling down tonight.
Do you have a current prescription? Check out Zenni Optical at http://zennioptical.com a lot of mama's here use them and recommend them Hopefully that will brighten your day
post #337 of 385
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Hooray! They Finally Fixed my Benefits! I can go to the grocery store and stock my pantry tomorrow, and if something crazy happens, I have medicaid!

i just wish these annoying contractions would turn into labor already--gaaahh, everything hurts....
Yay! That is awesome Krystal!



I am feeling super down today as well. The car got booted, now it's impounded, racking up $25 a day.. I don't know if I'll ever be able to get it back. I walked/ took the bus to work today and found out yeah, you can't work here anymore (no car, no delivery driving) so basically lost my job. I went to work to pick up a paycheck.. a whoping $98! whoop de doo...
Have family that owes us a ton of $ and they sent us $300 via paypal today.. though it's an echeck, so it will take a few days to clear. I plan on using that $ to get caught up w/ the kids gerber life insurance so that I can cash those in.. then I'll have enough to pay the parking tickets off, but where will I get the $ to pay the impound for towing and storage? Meanwhile, there will be no $ for bills until I get a job. I've been applying for a week now, I make sure to apply for at least one job a day, if not more.
Found out my glasses came in at the optometrist, but I'll need a friend to take me there.. I don't know if the bus goes that far.
Right now, I am so happy b/c we have heat, food, housing, water, even internet and phone.. but I'm so anxious and worried about what is to come.
I got my safelink phone this week! So cool.
We're thinking about filing for bankruptcy, though I don't know how that will help us pay our bills, and it costs so dang much!
Everything just sucks.. I'm searching and searching for a way to get on our feet... there has to be a way.

Sorry to be such a downer, I just need to let this out a little b/c I feel so alone, pissed off, frustrated and down trodden, I really don't want to lose it and be completely useless.

Blessings to all you mamas, may good things come......
post #338 of 385
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I am feeling super down today as well. The car got booted, now it's impounded, racking up $25 a day.. I don't know if I'll ever be able to get it back.
Stupid question but how did your car get booted exactly? I actually had to google it for a picture, can't say I've ever seen that around here. I found it interesting that if a private towing company does it you can legally remove the boot (the locks are really easy to pick from what I've read) or move your car (put it on dollies and lock it up in the garage) and tell them there welcome to come get there boot or not and make sure to tell them you don't really need the car so if they leave it on no biggie to you cause you got another car
post #339 of 385
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Stupid question but how did your car get booted exactly? I actually had to google it for a picture, can't say I've ever seen that around here. I found it interesting that if a private towing company does it you can legally remove the boot (the locks are really easy to pick from what I've read) or move your car (put it on dollies and lock it up in the garage) and tell them there welcome to come get there boot or not and make sure to tell them you don't really need the car so if they leave it on no biggie to you cause you got another car
I live in a city with horrible parking space downtown. We got too many unpaid parking tickets. The city put the boot on, and if you remove it, you'll be arrested. Then they impounded it b/c I couldn't pay them the full amount within a week, so that's a wrecker towing it and storing it.
post #340 of 385
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Everything else we're pretty good at using, but the milk I'm stumped with since we don't really drink it.

And if anyone knows how to use Rice Noodles {Asian style} in something that doesn't have peanuts I'd really appreciate it - we got a box free at the expo but I've no idea how to cook or use them as I've never had them before. Both the ideas on the both have peanut butter in them, and DD is allergic.
If you also have eggs, use the milk to make custards, puddings, bread pudding (if you have bread to use up too.)

The rice noodles you can use just like any other noodle, you might try cooks dot com or allrecipes or sites like those, search as "rice sticks" and as "rice noodles" and check the results, I'm sure there will be some without peanuts.
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