Hello, I introduced myself months and months ago then stopped following this thread, but I have been feeling really lonely among all my "rich" friends and started reading along again this month.
We will hit $20,000 in income next month which is a huge first for us, last year we made $16,000. I don't even know how we did it, as our house payment is over $1,000 a month. Gotta love those miracles.
DH got a big raise in September and immediately stopped getting hours. We have to call into the unemployment office to file a claim and have yet been able to talk to a person despite calling in several times a day and waiting AGES on hold. We just had the yearly food stamps interview and we reported the raise as well as sent in paystubs showing his decreased hours but they called his employer who said he is full time so we got our food benefit decreased anyway.
I already run out of food at the end of the month even before the decrease. Food allergies suck.
It's nice to have a place to talk about all this stuff. I can't very well celebrate our all time high of $20,000 a year with people who make 3 times (or more) that much.