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post #101 of 144
Just thught yyou guys mgh like to know....free stack of pancakes at IHOP across the country. It's for children's miracle network, they ask that you donate if you can. It's only 3 pancakes but it might be a fun treat to get out the house for cheap!
post #102 of 144
Pariah, it sounds like you are having the same kinda month I'M having Well, actually the tire business was in January, had a flat tire, no money to buy a new one, had to put fix-a-flat in it When I finally got my income tax money, I put 2 new tires on my car (and paid ALL of my back rent-from Sept to Feb)
Luckily, Eric is working now, so I can get money from him each week but, I hate not having my own money.
post #103 of 144
Ugh- the transmission in our car needs to be replaced. I finally made myself make the call this morning ok-ing the garage ordering a remanufactured one. OUCH!


On the upside, we WILL manage this somehow and while it's eating a chunk of my tax return, we will have a nice happy reliable car!
post #104 of 144
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Originally Posted by cwat View Post
Pariah, it sounds like you are having the same kinda month I'M having Well, actually the tire business was in January, had a flat tire, no money to buy a new one, had to put fix-a-flat in it When I finally got my income tax money, I put 2 new tires on my car (and paid ALL of my back rent-from Sept to Feb)
Luckily, Eric is working now, so I can get money from him each week but, I hate not having my own money.
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Originally Posted by confustication View Post
Ugh- the transmission in our car needs to be replaced. I finally made myself make the call this morning ok-ing the garage ordering a remanufactured one. OUCH!


On the upside, we WILL manage this somehow and while it's eating a chunk of my tax return, we will have a nice happy reliable car!
On the upside you did have the money to get the stuff rather then this happening in say, Aug
post #105 of 144
Well our lovely roommate situation has officially turned sour

We went this morning to look at something else and all we can find that we can afford is a weekly rental apartment in back of a motel. I guess on the bright side it can be all ours, no sharing anything, but BOY is it small, and very old....it was built in 1943. I'm worried about lead paint and mold, plus it's going to suck giving birth there.

I'm trying to think of the positives to living there, but I can't think of any except that it's really cheap....$100 less a week than our current place. I'm hoping, but not holding my breath, that we can save up enough in the next month to find something a litle nicer before dd is born. dbf, bless his heart, said that if I go into labor while we're living there, we'll go stay at holiday inn until she's born so I can be comfy and sit in a nice bathtub with unlimited hot water .
post #106 of 144
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Originally Posted by waiting2bemommy View Post
Well our lovely roommate situation has officially turned sour

We went this morning to look at something else and all we can find that we can afford is a weekly rental apartment in back of a motel. I guess on the bright side it can be all ours, no sharing anything, but BOY is it small, and very old....it was built in 1943. I'm worried about lead paint and mold, plus it's going to suck giving birth there.

I'm trying to think of the positives to living there, but I can't think of any except that it's really cheap....$100 less a week than our current place. I'm hoping, but not holding my breath, that we can save up enough in the next month to find something a litle nicer before dd is born. dbf, bless his heart, said that if I go into labor while we're living there, we'll go stay at holiday inn until she's born so I can be comfy and sit in a nice bathtub with unlimited hot water .
Lead paint & mold are health hazards & a landlord would HAVE TO take care of them, but only if someone makes an issue of it. I would just ask, but then again they may not tell you the truth. I am sorry! I hope everything works out one way or another.
post #107 of 144
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post
Lead paint & mold are health hazards & a landlord would HAVE TO take care of them, but only if someone makes an issue of it. I would just ask, but then again they may not tell you the truth. I am sorry! I hope everything works out one way or another.
Well then I hope there isn't any of either, because we can't raise a stink since it's supposed to be a single occupancy deal and we are moving 3 and eventually 4 people in there. Which they don't care about as long as we pay the rent and don't bother anyone.
post #108 of 144
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Originally Posted by waiting2bemommy View Post
Well our lovely roommate situation has officially turned sour

We went this morning to look at something else and all we can find that we can afford is a weekly rental apartment in back of a motel. I guess on the bright side it can be all ours, no sharing anything, but BOY is it small, and very old....it was built in 1943. I'm worried about lead paint and mold, plus it's going to suck giving birth there.

I'm trying to think of the positives to living there, but I can't think of any except that it's really cheap....$100 less a week than our current place. I'm hoping, but not holding my breath, that we can save up enough in the next month to find something a litle nicer before dd is born. dbf, bless his heart, said that if I go into labor while we're living there, we'll go stay at holiday inn until she's born so I can be comfy and sit in a nice bathtub with unlimited hot water .
Any chance of staying with friends or family for a month to save more? Those places are often not the safest, at least they don't look it around here anyway. Hope your able to find something soon! I take it you've checked the usual places? craigslist, BB's around town ect
post #109 of 144
nope, not a chance. My mom did offer to let ds come stay with them (without me, dp and the new baby ) But then again this is the same woman who the first (& last) time ds stayed with her, for 3 weeks, taught him to call her mama and me by first name . I'll keep my kid, thank you very much.....

I found a pullout sofa on craigslist so we are going to try to find someone to help us move that in there, and use that as our bed, in the living room, so ds can have the bed in the bedroom. It will be ok. It just clashes with my ideals....and of course I have all these unattainable nesting instincts right now so that doesn't help.
post #110 of 144
I think much of the time that when people get themselves into those weekly deals they are dong themselves and their families a disservice. You recently posted a budget, and based on what you posted, you really can afford better housing.
post #111 of 144
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Originally Posted by confustication View Post
I think much of the time that when people get themselves into those weekly deals they are dong themselves and their families a disservice. You recently posted a budget, and based on what you posted, you really can afford better housing.
duh, it didn't occur to me which poster I was replying too, I agree with confustication. You can easily afford better with your income but I wouldn't do the room mate thing again TBH as that's got disaster written all over it.
post #112 of 144
I agree, but we have $275 with which to move.

Around here rents for a 2 bedroom are $750 at least, a little less for a 1 bedroom, but you also need $70 just to apply (nonrefundable), plus a deposit ranging from $600 to a full first month's rent, plus the first month's rent at the time of lease signing, even if you're not miving in immediately. So total we'd need about $1500-$2K to move anywhere halfway decent. Renting here is a lot like renting in NYC. And we don't have good credit to boot.
post #113 of 144
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Originally Posted by waiting2bemommy View Post
I agree, but we have $275 with which to move.

Around here rents for a 2 bedroom are $750 at least, a little less for a 1 bedroom, but you also need $70 just to apply (nonrefundable), plus a deposit ranging from $600 to a full first month's rent, plus the first month's rent at the time of lease signing, even if you're not miving in immediately. So total we'd need about $1500-$2K to move anywhere halfway decent. Renting here is a lot like renting in NYC. And we don't have good credit to boot.
Private renters are often willing to work with you on the deposit, either breaking it up or doing work in lieu of a deposit. I know I rented one apt with no deposit because it was trashed/filthy when I moved in and they waived the deposit if I agreed to clean it myself. Place looked horrible, I actually cried if I remember right while cleaning wondering what I got myself into there was so much work to be done but it was all I could afford in a safe area. I got another apt in a move in special from a private renter that was like $350 move in total, included move in fee's and first months rent with a 6 mo lease (normal rent was $715). They had a lot of empty units they were trying to fill so they had the special. I found that place on craigslist. I bet you can find something if you look around. You were spending $1100 a month on the roomie thing and now your complaining about $750? Sounds like a much much better deal to me
post #114 of 144
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Pariah, it sounds like you are having the same kinda month I'M having
I am sorry to hear that! It is no fun...

...but things may be looking up. My son is coming back home from his dad's this weekend, and my sister will be over to help watch him. My boyfriend and I were really worried because we had all of $2 left in foodstamps and not a huge amount of food in the house. So imagine my surprise when I came home from work yesterday to our cabinets, fridge, and freezer stocked full -- I mean FULL -- and several bags of groceries still to be unpacked, and a gift bag of little toys and goodies for my son! My boyfriend's aunt and grandmother came over when I was at work and surprised both of us with all of that. I couldn't believe it, it made me cry. We didn't ask, they just did it. It was so sweet. They really seem to want to help us get ourselves together. I am going to get my CNA certificate, and they're both experienced with that and are really helpful and encouraging. I'm figuring out how I'm going to swing it financially, the class and a month with no income to take the class, but it seemed to be suggested that they'll help with that. My boyfriend also made an appointment to file for disability...he received it a few years ago, and has a lawyer to help him apply. His doctors have encouraged him to try and get it again. A CNA job would almost double my pay which would be a huge help, and if his disability goes through, we will be okay. More than okay! I don't want to get too excited yet because so many times we've thought something really helpful was going to work out, just to have it fall through.

Hoping, hoping...

Hugs to everyone here! It can get so stressful.
post #115 of 144
Awesome news for me!

Yesterday I got a nice surprise in the mail... a check from my school for $1800! Apparently when I got one of my grades bumped up from a B to a B+ it changed my GPA just enough to qualify for a tuition waiver! So they sent me a check for a refund on my tuition!!!!!
post #116 of 144
Wow, LizzyQ! That is awesome!!
post #117 of 144
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Originally Posted by Satori View Post
Private renters are often willing to work with you on the deposit, either breaking it up or doing work in lieu of a deposit. I know I rented one apt with no deposit because it was trashed/filthy when I moved in and they waived the deposit if I agreed to clean it myself. Place looked horrible, I actually cried if I remember right while cleaning wondering what I got myself into there was so much work to be done but it was all I could afford in a safe area. I got another apt in a move in special from a private renter that was like $350 move in total, included move in fee's and first months rent with a 6 mo lease (normal rent was $715). They had a lot of empty units they were trying to fill so they had the special. I found that place on craigslist. I bet you can find something if you look around. You were spending $1100 a month on the roomie thing and now your complaining about $750? Sounds like a much much better deal to me
where are you at? I need to move there! There are some move in specials but believe me when I say I have called EVERY single place that looks like even a remote possibility. I spent ALL DAY at work yesterday making phone calls every time it got slow and the cheapest I could find was still $600.

And no, I'm not complaining about needing $750/month for an apt, that's no problem, but we have to be able to pay it all at one time. I'm hoping we will get ahead now that we are paying less, that in a couple months or so we will have saved $800 or so, and that might be enough to work something out with a private owner waaaay out in the boondocks where rents are less.

I have an interview today too for a job that pays $9/hr instead of the $8/hr I make here. every little bit helps.
post #118 of 144
Have you looked into an apartment where you can get cheaper or free rent in exchange for doing repairs and collecting rent etc...? I'm not sure that's an option for you though.

I like where I live. It's pretty cheap,only $510 plus the bills and easily affordable with a roommate,but once baby comes and there is more roommate I don't now what to do to. I really don't want to move for so many reasons. The BIG moving day here is July 1st when everyone moves and all the best/cheapest places go asap. Also the movers charge 2-3 x more then the normal rate and since there is no time the last tenant must move by if they don't want to communicate with you and let you know what day/time they will move out it makes planning and booking your movers really hard! My last move cost me close to $300 and that's only b/c I had lots of help from friends and an extra truck. My next move will cost about $500 or more. I've got much debt to catch up on and then pay off in full that I won't be able to afford to save for a move,baby stuff or my must needed legal name change.
post #119 of 144
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Originally Posted by missmich View Post
Not sure if anyone here can answer this,but I'll try. If your on income assistance/welfare and have a child does the shelter portion of the assistance go up at all? It's a hard question to answer here since we are all in different provinces or states.
These links might help you. Once you have a baby, you'll qualify for the second program. I believe that having a child under 5 qualifies as a temporary limited capacity for employment with bs.

http://www.mess.gouv.qc.ca/publicati...tations_en.pdf

http://www.habitation.gouv.qc.ca/en/..._paiement.html
post #120 of 144
Thanks for the links I'll have a look at them...tomorrow! I really must try to sleep!
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