So long story short, last Aug we rented out our city home and moved to the country. I used to have my own daycare, but in the country there are not many people in need of care. I have only found 1 child, 2 days a week. Not much income:( So for a while my dad was loaning us money to help us get by, but he has stopped doing that and I have NOT been able to find any work. I have applied to over 20 jobs and have gotten nothing. We are planning on returning to the city at the end of Aug, but don't know how we will afford it.
Each week we seem to fall further behind. This week is the last straw. Dh is only a teacher and gets paid practically nothing. We have 5 kids and although we are dirt poor right now we do not qualify for anything. Dh's gross income is too much for us to get food stamps. He only takes home a little over half his gross, though. (He has many deductions)
So anyway the ball joints on our van almost fell off and the tires were ready to burst, (very scary) so we had to get that fixed. We went to a friend and only paid for parts, but still that put us over our budget. We are BROKE for the next 2 weeks. We seriously have No money. I feel so helpless. I could go to my mom and borrow money for food, but she makes such a big deal about it. I just don't understand how the state expects us to get by with a little over $25000 net a year. Out rent is 9,600 a year, which only leaves us with 15,400 a year for utilities, food, clothes, gas and everything else. CRAZY
One day last week the electric company came out to turn off the electric if we did not pay $200. This house we are in has EVERYTHING electric. We would not even have water if we had no electric. We had to pay. That also got us in trouble. Our electric is like $400 a month!
My teens are no help. When we talk with them about our situation, they only tell us "This would not have happened if we had not moved." Sigh No food and angry teens, not a pretty picture.