long time low income mama who hasn't had much time to come back to MDC much lately. DH and I are full time students now, and live off our school $.
I would like to hear more about LTAP and LIAP??? Are these nationwide? What are these programs? The low income mamas have always helped me find so many helpful programs that make being broke not as bad as it could be, so I would love to hear more.
Also, remember when we used to post gratitudes at the end of each post? I miss those.. definatly helps keep the chin up.
We had a tough 2 weeks, dealing with probation issues, but today was much better. I got a 100% on my astronomy research paper today, and my landlord brought by some papers to fill out so that community action partners can weatherize our place for winter.
I have $0 dollars right now, but that is nothing new.
I just sold my long time collected stash of waldorf toys and the mama will come sunday to collect.. so there are a few utility bills taken care of at least.
This time of year I really worry about heat.. since we went without it a few times last winter. We are nice and toasty right now, but we have oil heat, and I'm not sure how much is left in the tank, and I know they minimum payment for them to come bring us more oil is $300. I HATE oil heat! Being in the south, you'd think it wouldn't be that cold, but last year we had to fill that puppy 3 times (when we can afford it).. so not knowing how we'll come up with some oil money right now. And LIHEAP- yeah, we just got our approval letter, don't know how much we will get this year, but last year we got $200, which of course, doesn't actually help get oil in my heater, but, I'll take the $! And what is with them sending checks in february at the END of winter??? Sure doesnt help me stay warm through
the winter. LOL.
Came back to MDC to do a crafty toy swap, so at least my kids will be getting some goodies this year. I opted not to sign up for holiday helper this year, I think we can have a good holiday without it , and there isn't anything we are in desperate 'need' of. This holiday, since my kids are now old enough to 'get' it, I am planning on doing some volunteering with them instead, and keeping it very simple, and more about family then gifts. That's the plan, at least.
Anyway, for some reason I am wide awake, killing time on puter... glad to be subscribing to hear the wisdom of the low incomers, and to commiserate and listen. I see a few familiar usernames, good to see y'all are still kicking around.
ThatgirlIknew- sounds like something my dh has done in the past.. yes, take the $ and be the responsible one if you have to. I've had to do the same thing dear. I'd be P.O.'d too.
paigekitten- Harris poll points? DO tell!
Vannie- HI!! yup, it's paperwork time here, too.. bleh. I'm glad you can visit your family. I am hoping not to have dh's family come visit at all for the holidays, but i will probably lose since MIL just moved an hour away..
Ravin- so sorry your man got the boot from his job. and car troubles.. I hate car troubles! We are considering down grading from our jeep, it's about to hit 2k miles.. who knows what we'd get for it since we certainly can't make any car payments. And I really don't know a thing about car trading.. so I am putting it off... oh and fingers crossed for a promotion for you!
Angel~ BIG HUGS MAMA! hope you are doing a bit better today!
jessaroo- so sorry hon, ugh, I dislike interfering landpeople, mine drops by all the dang time w/o notice. At least today it was for something good for once.
frugalmama- yes, I hear ya on the crazy prices for swingsets/traintables. but, if you really are a frugal mama, why not try and whip up your own train table? Maybe get a free coffee table off craigslist or freecycle and then just add some trim to the edges and glue some felt on the top.. a bit o' paint.. something... then you'd have to collect the trains/tracks from somewhere.. maybe that's what you could ask for from Toys for tots. just an idea. After years of watching craigslist and wishing for our own swingset, last april I finally found a decent wooden one for only $75. It has a slide, 2 swings, teeter totter and monkey rings.. no fort, but thats ok. I then paid a guy $20 to power wash it and it looked brand new. I then hand sanded it and began staining it, and bought 2 bags of quikcrete on sale to anchor it. I ran out of stain, so it has been left half stained for a few months.. just can't seem to get the stain on the priorities list when it all goes to gas to get us to school, but some day, it will get really finished and it looks great! And oh, the bonus of sanity I get when I can kick my kids out into the back yard and they have something to occupy them! lol. Keep thinking mama, us frugal mamas can come up with some pretty cool toys when we use our creativity.
Ianthe- best of luck to you, girl!
cherrybomb- right there with you about staying caught up! and the cable/men thing.. gawd... I know that battle.. and i keep losing it.
ok, not going back another page, but hang in there mamas! If we can't be well-off, we can at least try to make our low income life as groovy as it can be.
I am thankful for heat right now, the first snow was tonight.
I am thankful my dh is home w/ me, even if probation is extended.
I am thankful for my friends' listening ear today as we took a walk at the botanical gardens while our four children ran wild in nature and could let off some steam.
I am thankful to have other low income people to talk with so I don't have to be uncomfortable talking with my higher income friends about things, (or make them uncomfortable)