I started working about 2 months ago. We'd been living on DD's SSI check and food stamps previously. Which wasn't working.
So I more than doubled my income but I still feel like I'm struggling all the time.
I have actually managed to put some money aside (I really need a new car) but aside from that, things are still tight. I spend a lot more on gas, about $120 a month now instead of $50-60. And since I'm actually buying things instead of doing without, a lot of my paycheck goes there. I keep track of everything I spend. I make a note next to every purchase what it was for. I looked back at it yesterday and none of it seems unreasonable I guess. I just find it odd that I have so much more money now (I'm still low-income, I'm just talking relatively) and still barely seem to have any! Is this normal!?
So far, in the last 2 months, I've bought a diva cup (not "necessary" but since I'm working I'd like not to worry about changing pads while there), a vegetable peeler, school supplies, shoes for all 3 of us and socks for DD (the shoes were no more than $5 a pair), onesies for DD, a b12 supplement for me, diapers, a birth certificate so I could enroll DS in a virtual academy, 3 $5 shirts for me, about $15 worth of stuff at goodwill, 2 bras, and food when I was staying at Children's with DD. That all sounds reasonable right?
If I didn't have the money, I wouldn't have been able to justify much of that. I used to have trouble buying TP for crying out loud! I use cloth when I can, but we have nursing in the home, plus therapists and whatnot coming to the house for DD and I really need to have TP. I wouldn't have bothered with the k12 academy and put off getting a birth certificate. I might have bought the shoes for the kids since they were $3 a pair, but none for me. I definitely would not have bought a diva cup....that's a "big" purchase for me...something I think about and weigh the pros and cons.
I started buying disposables, which is a huge waste of money. Thankfully medicaid will pay for those in less than a month, when DD turns 3.
This is more of a rant than anything. On the bright side, I'm not risking my electric getting shut off anymore.