Guess I should join.
We are currently getting $1100-$1800/ month, if all our tenants pay. The manager is a real piece of work, spends huge amounts on maintenance that dh could do himself, and sends our checks at random times during the month, so we never know if we're going to get it early or late in the month. Can.not.wait. for our contract with her to run out.
And we get to pay prop taxes this month. About double our monthly income. :( If we didn't have savings, we'd be up a creek without a paddle. As much as I hate being frugal, I'm super glad dh' pressed that issue and we had something built up. He's been jobless about 19 months, and we just got word that the place he reaaaaaly wanted to work for doesn't have a spot for him now. Not looking forward to telling him that news when he comes home. *sigh*
I think it hit me that we really are low income when we had to go sit in an office with a social worker at a local sliding scale clinic, and she put us on their lowest level for fees. Which is nice, in a way, 'cause it's hard to beat $15 for an office visit but at the same time we're there because we don't have money, don't have insurance, and don't have jobs.
And I went grocery shopping for a week, and in spite of shopping sales and making a simple and limited meal plan, spent a little over $100. Food prices are killing me and because we own property (that gives us our piddly little income) we don't qualify for any kind of assistance with that.
Normally I'm pretty upbeat about this, but lately I am very discouraged. I especially hate what it's doing to my husband. I'm "secure" because the only thing changed for me is needing to be super frugal instead of normally frugal. But his emotional well being is tied up in working and providing for his family, and he is depressed. :(