Need to vent here... sorry but I know y'all will agree and be totally with me! I am about up to here being poor!!!!! We went to my DH boss's house over the weekend for their company picnic, and well, needless to say we really stood out amongst his co-workers. I was wearing flip flops, the single pair of long pants I own, from the thrift store but not too raggedy looking, and my 16 year old son's new school t-shirt to cover up my holey raggedy cami that I wear for bf-ing. DH wearing equally pitiful looking clothes, the only ones we have. Now, because the trip up to their typical suburban home lavishly decorated with expensive potted plants everywhere, and it being in a new neighborhood, we got lost and used about 1/4 tank of gas to get there and now I have no gas for the week. I mean literally on empty and no money to get any until Fri. Hope no one has to go to the ER! We are still paying for last Jan's ER visit and ambulance bill, plus we have mountains of bills for the baby we had in April. What does that baby have to wear? A handful of yard sale clothes. Grrrr!
I would like to just go shopping, buy some FOOD without counting out change found in the couch cushions. Half the recipes I have I cannot make because I can't afford the ingredients so we mostly eat burgers and dogs and sandwiches.
And some might suggest we downsize our living arrangements, but we have already done that and live in a tiny rented house in a bad school district on a not-so-great street (our rent is super cheap compared to other houses), My husband is probably the only professional within a mile of where we live, and he doesn't make that bad of a salary, but seriously I am wondering what other people do to get by???? I am convinced that my neighbors must have a crime ring to bring in enough to live on because we are doing everything by the book and getting no where! We would be better off on welfare.
I guess I should be glad to have clean water to shower in and a roof over my head and toys for the kids. But I am feeling like we are just stuck! It wasn't long ago people could live on one income, but I guess those days have slipped away. I am sure others sacrificing to stay home can relate. :(