I'm 13 weeks pregnant, single, and I have a 15 year old son. I make too much to be eligable for food stamps, yet pay more than 3/4 my income towards rent. The only assistance I'm on right now is WIC. I can barely pay my bills and some months, like this month, I can't. Next month, I expect, will be even harder (have to pay for sonogram appointment, have to buy my son back-to-school supplies). I need everything for my baby, with the exception of a crib and crib mattress, but I have no extra money to buy anything. People tell me to go on Craig's List or Ebay or Freecycle, but I literally don't have $5 to buy anything, and I have no car, so for the most part Freecycle doesn't work. Does anyone know any other options? I need a carseat, a heavy duty stroller (I walk a mile to the grocery store), crib sheets, blankets, appropriate baby clothes (baby's due in January), infant snowsuit, hat, mittens, booties, etc, high chair, diapers, wipes, breast pump, good bottles and bottle assesories, diapers, spit-up clothes, food proccessor (I'm gonna try to save money making my own baby food), baby carrier... I don't know what else. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? I do have people who will be giving me things their babies outgrow, but it's my understanding that it won't be things I'll really need or have room for- a changing table, a baby bath, a play yard. What can I do? I have absolutely no money for any of this... It's overwhelming, I don't know how I can afford any of this and still take care of me and my son's basic needs, much less "extras", like when the holidays come and I can't afford to make Thanksgiving dinner or I can't afford anything for my son for Christmas. What can I do?!
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7/18/10 at 7:59pm