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post #141 of 211
pumpkin

Grats, confustication!

We are doing okay, still struggling, but this month hasn't been as bad as last month, at least! Counting down the days till dh's student loan comes through.
post #142 of 211
Hoping Sept is better than Aug.
post #143 of 211
I got notice today that our FS amount went down to 365.. i think it is because I'm a FT student now. Wow.. they really don't want anyone to get ahead in life, do they? 365 is fine, we can make-do with that, plus WIC, but it doesn't leave room for any extra for sure.
post #144 of 211
There is one day left in this awful month. I hope this day does not cost me any money...(maybe I will just put my entire wallet in the freezer today and not leave the house, answer the phone, get the mail etc).
post #145 of 211
Grrrr... just realized that I have three DVD's out from the library that are overdue. $5 each, which I totally don't have right now. That means that we can't take anything out from the library until I pay some of it.

On a brighter note, I did realize that DS will have free hot lunch at his preschool! I have HATED packing his lunches for the past year and a half, and it will make grocery shopping so much easier! He was could be so picky, and I had resorted to buying little baggies of chips, fruit snacks, applesauce cups, etc. It was crazy expensive. I know I could pack smaller ones from a larger container, but things get stale, moldy, or go bad somehow, or I end up eating some of it from the larger container, and I really don't need to be eating things like that. DS would rather just not eat if he only has "Normal" food and no "treats" at school, especially when all of his friends around the table eat that crap. I did try to send him with more natural versions of all of the treats, but those were even more expensive. I can't freaking wait for him to start at his new school! I am going with him for two hours today and then he goes on his own on Thursday and Friday. I don't know what I am going to do with myself!

On a different note, it looks like I will be working as a nanny very soon! I am so excited to be making money! I am nervous, as I wanted to get out of childcare, but I desperately need to earn some $$ right now and if it is the right family, it definitely could work. Crossing my fingers!
post #146 of 211
Ok ladies, anyone want to get started on christmas early? I purchased some gift cards off plum district yesterday that I cannot use. It is for $30 to il cocco di mamma. You have to spend at least $30.01 for it to work, so you may be out of pocket a couple dollars but they have some really cute stuff

www.ilcoccodimamma.com

If you want one and are a REGULAR poster message me and tell me what you would use it for and why you deserve it

So glad for this month to be over. My youngest birthday is 9/26 and I want to get him a sand box....it costs $100 the ex is gonna go half but i still have to scrounge up my half....ugh my school money can not come quick enough.

Here is to September being the best month ever!
post #147 of 211
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Ok ladies, anyone want to get started on christmas early?
I've been thinking about Xmas early..

We decided that we are only doing one Xmas gift for the boys this year. They really do get plenty from grandparents aunts and uncles, so we don't need to go overboard. I don't think I am going to sign up for HH this year, because I only need help with paying bills, we are fine with clothes and toys in this house.

Also, I've been doing swagbucks for amazon gift cards. I have $30 in amazon money so far and I think I will have about $200 by Xmas time (if you are interested in swagbucks I would love to have you as my referral, but I can't post my link here, so PM me if you want it- when someone is your referral they get your swagbucks from searching too!)..

Amnesty international sent us some "free" Xmas cards, and I am super happy about that, so we don't have to buy any more. And, I won a photography package at the LLL fundraiser so there is are Xmas pictures
post #148 of 211
I've been thinking about x-mas too - I have a little bit of stuff laid back from last years clearance sales, but it's not much.

I've got to see when the signups are this year for Blue Santa / Toys for Tots. There just is no money for presents this year, and I'm not comfy buying used as much as I used to with bedbugs becoming a problem in our area.

We might just do a home-made Christmas - I'm going to a class in a few weeks at the library to learn to knit and I've got my eye on some knitted toys that I think DD would like. I just need to find knitting needles at my thrift shop - they have them from time to time but haven't had any lately.
post #149 of 211
Ugh- Christmas! I haven't started thinking about it really as I don't think we can really get the kids 'stuff' since we will be moving... also, DH will probably not be with us for the holiday which is making it really hard for me to envision any celebration.

Hmm.. Maybe I'll get museum/zoo memberships.... something they can use a lot when we are where we are moving.
post #150 of 211
Ianthe can you send me the swagbucks referral and give me the runthru? I use amazon for everything

Also I guess i wasnt clear in my post above, but I have a handful of gift certificates to give away to that site for $30 off $30.01 or more...noone has emailed me asking for them yet
post #151 of 211
I HAVE to go out later... I hope it doesnt cost me anything...
post #152 of 211
Ugh.... a crown broke off my tooth a couple of hours ago. I called the dentist where I had it done and they said that they guarantee work for 5 years and it is only 4 years old, so there shouldn't be any out of pocket expenses, but she said if there was they wouldn't be all that much. Anything is too much right now. I am crossing my fingers that it really is covered fully by their guarantee.

I also still do not have any food stamps. I called again today and was told that it looked like the money went in, but when the woman at the call center went into my transaction history, she couldn't see the deposit. She did say that she would put an emergency call to my worker, but it is the end of the day and still nothing. So thankful that we have a small stockpile, but it is really things that I don't *want* to eat. I am grateful that we are not hungry, but a loaf of bread would be SOOOOOO helpful right now...

So, now I am feeling so torn. I have the possibility to start a nanny job very soon (possibly next week?) that would pay rather well and I could also bring DS with me if I needed to. I am really wanting to get out of childcare, but especially doing childcare in a center setting, and this would so not be a center in the least. I also had a phone interview with a woman from a natural parenting/natural toys/etc catalog company (not sure if I can write the name of the company here, but it is a big name around MDC). The interview went really well, but the position is for full time and is only seasonal until Christmas. I really don't want to be looking for a job in January, but if I know unemployment is coming up, I can plan for it and there shouldn't be a gap in income as I can apply early for assistance once my job is finished. I REALLY want to work for this company, but it is full time and I really get stressed out when I work that many hours. There is also about 10 hours of travel time per week with a half hour each way, five days a week. The pay would be decent, they are incredible to their employees, and it is a company that I truly believe in and love. I just am so scared that I will be burned out. Also, DS's new preschool only has an opening for him three days a week. I would need to find sitters two days a week for him every single week. If I take the nanny job, I could bring him with me if I needed to, and it is only about 20 hours per week.

I don't know what to do! Neither job is really what I am looking for, but I really need to work. I did ask the natural parenting company if there was any chance they would consider hiring me at 20 hours per week. If they would, I would take their position in a heartbeat. Even if I had to find some care for DS other than his preschool days, it would be worth it for me to work for them at this point.

ACK!
post #153 of 211
Pumpkin, oh man what I wouldn't give for a full time job offer. I would take the full time employment, personally I am so sick and tired of being on assistance and trying to make ends meet. I tired of the UE interviews every 4-6 months, the continual updates to DES and variations in my food stamp amounts, the cr@ppy health insurance... I just want it to end. I worked full time when DS was a preschooler and he was fine, yes it was stressful but let me tell you , it was much less stress then this &$*^ every month of tyring to rob peter to pay paul. (Heck I would probaby even be so crazy as to try to get both jobs and adjust the schedules to work both at this point)

I hope they find your food stamp funds. Luckily mine haven't gotten lost yet (knock on high end plastic)... its the UE benefits that I have issues with.

Pumpkin- the other think you have to remember is for UE, one of the weekly questions is "have you refused any offer of work/referral to work". So if either of these turns into a job offer you need to report that UE and explain why you didnt accept the offer.
post #154 of 211
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Pumpkin, oh man what I wouldn't give for a full time job offer. I would take the full time employment, personally I am so sick and tired of being on assistance and trying to make ends meet. I tired of the UE interviews every 4-6 months, the continual updates to DES and variations in my food stamp amounts, the cr@ppy health insurance... I just want it to end. I worked full time when DS was a preschooler and he was fine, yes it was stressful but let me tell you , it was much less stress then this &$*^ every month of tyring to rob peter to pay paul. (Heck I would probaby even be so crazy as to try to get both jobs and adjust the schedules to work both at this point)

I hope they find your food stamp funds. Luckily mine haven't gotten lost yet (knock on high end plastic)... its the UE benefits that I have issues with.

Pumpkin- the other think you have to remember is for UE, one of the weekly questions is "have you refused any offer of work/referral to work". So if either of these turns into a job offer you need to report that UE and explain why you didnt accept the offer.
I really wish I could work full time. I tried it once and did it for two months and was stressed beyond belief. I was yelling at DS all the time, he was crying pretty much every minute we were at home unless he was asleep, and my house was absolutely disgusting. Yes, we had money for extras, but I was still receiving Section 8 housing, food stamps, Medicaid, and fuel assistance. Granted, we weren't receiving nearly as much as we had been, but the stress level was through the roof. I have a tendency to develop severe depression with anxiety attacks when I am under a great deal of stress, so it was just such a bad situation for me to be in. This full time job would be much different though, as it wouldn't involve doing childcare for kids that are DS's age though, so it would be a lot easier work. It would be extremely hard to find sitters for two days a week though, plus someone to pick him up from school on the other three days as I wouldn't get there in time, plus some evening and weekend hours that I would have to find a sitter for.

I do know I would need to tell unemployment that I had refused a job if they offer me a full time position, but I also haven't interviewed officially yet. I had the phone interview today that lasted a half hour, and told them flat out that I would love to work for them but really need 20 hours per week. She said she really liked my application and I was at the top of their call list so she was going to speak to her boss to see if they could work something out for me, so we shall see.

I am so lucky to live in a state where assistance allows me to work 20 hours per week and still have a lifestyle that is relatively easy. I am able to pay my bills each month, and have a little extra spending money. I am extremely good at finding free things to go to and also great at scouring thrift stores and Craigslist for things that I need/want for super cheap, so I really don't need much more money than 20 hours per week right now. Yes I would love to get off assistance, but I *can* live like this for a while longer until DS is in kindy at least.

I just can't decide. The nanny job is technically under the table, although I would report it, as I would still need to be doing job searches if I took it UTT. Plus, I would feel funny about not reporting it. I just can't see myself doing nanny work for long. Although DS would be in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which are days that I wouldn't be working, so I could still job search. Hmmmm... hadn't thought about that. Still stewing it over.
post #155 of 211
I went out earlier and it didnt cost me any money.. I even got a small check in my mailbox. I also got my approval letter for another 6 mos of medical and food stamps. Im glad I dont have to go in for an office appt but I really wish we were self supporting.

I sure hope September is better.
post #156 of 211
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I went out earlier and it didnt cost me any money.. I even got a small check in my mailbox. I also got my approval letter for another 6 mos of medical and food stamps. Im glad I dont have to go in for an office appt but I really wish we were self supporting.

I sure hope September is better.
I am sorry August was so difficult for all of us...it sounds like August ended on a somewhat positive note though. I hope September is full of blessings for all of us!
post #157 of 211
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Ianthe can you send me the swagbucks referral and give me the runthru? I use amazon for everything

Also I guess i wasnt clear in my post above, but I have a handful of gift certificates to give away to that site for $30 off $30.01 or more...noone has emailed me asking for them yet
PM'd you...

How long is that coupon good for. I checked out the site and could totally use some english/spanish picture dictionaries, as DS1 is in a bilingual preschool. But I don't have any $$ for shipping or anything right now- but should in a few weeks, if you picked me for it.
post #158 of 211
You can DEF have one Ianthe! Noone has asked for one and I have 20! lol. They dont expire until dec or later, ill message you a couple codes, you can't combiine them, but still for less than prob $30 you could get a handful of books!
post #159 of 211
Well, hey there. I'm back (finally). New apartment. Old money problems. I HOPE that this week we will at least get caught up to pay bills on time. Maybe by the end of the month, we can start saving money and paying off debts.

Oh, and now that I have a new home and internet service again, I am going to be a guide for ChaCha (answering random questions people send in and getting paid for it, rock on!) You have to accrue $150 before you can get a direct deposit which averages out to answering about 50 questions a day. Anyone want a referral, PM me and I will send you one.

Plus, a friend of mine is thinking about leaving her husband and might be needing a nanny for her 10-month old son five days a week. It wouldn't be a lot, but maybe $60-75 a week. We'll see
post #160 of 211
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You can DEF have one Ianthe! Noone has asked for one and I have 20! lol. They dont expire until dec or later, ill message you a couple codes, you can't combiine them, but still for less than prob $30 you could get a handful of books!
Got your PM, thanks so much! This will be great for Xmas!

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Well, hey there. I'm back (finally). New apartment. Old money problems. I HOPE that this week we will at least get caught up to pay bills on time. Maybe by the end of the month, we can start saving money and paying off debts.

Oh, and now that I have a new home and internet service again, I am going to be a guide for ChaCha (answering random questions people send in and getting paid for it, rock on!) You have to accrue $150 before you can get a direct deposit which averages out to answering about 50 questions a day. Anyone want a referral, PM me and I will send you one.

Plus, a friend of mine is thinking about leaving her husband and might be needing a nanny for her 10-month old son five days a week. It wouldn't be a lot, but maybe $60-75 a week. We'll see
Welcome back! How does being a ChaCha guide work?
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