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post #101 of 192
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Originally Posted by mamadodson View Post

This time of year is always exceptionally hard for us as a family of 5 on a very low income, DH did get a little bit of OT this past couple of weeks, however because of that we now don't qualify for FS it is so hard, because you want to work to make more money to pay bills, but then get penalized by having your FS taken away, so we are going from 400 a month to not qualifying, the system is a little jacked up if you ask me.  I mean why not help those who are trying to help themselves, ya know.  Does anyone know of any programs that will help with gifts for the children for christmas other then toys for tots, that is the only one I know of.



Toys for Tots, the Angel Tree, if your kids to go school- sometimes the school has a 'gift drive' for needy families but its kept quiet.  I would also call your social worker at DES and see if they have any other resources.  Sometimes the police/fire department have a local toy drive.  Sometimes the local church runs a toy drive..

 

MDC has Holiday Helpers but IDK what the requirements are going to be.

post #102 of 192

My 11 yr old ds is eating me out of house and home.  I just was at the grocery yesterday, had a cart full of food and today its like 'old mother hubbard' lives here.

I'm trying to purchase more ingredients and less pre-made items.  But holy cow this child is just on one massive growth spurt.  I can not get ahead.  My food stamps went up and my kid eats more.  I'm still in the hole every month.

 

post #103 of 192
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The old "poor" comeback... "Just eat more beans and rice".  

 

 

lurk.gif   Come vote on the poll:  http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1333907/do-you-actually-eat-beans-and-or-rice

post #104 of 192
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Originally Posted by mamadodson View Post

This time of year is always exceptionally hard for us as a family of 5 on a very low income, DH did get a little bit of OT this past couple of weeks, however because of that we now don't qualify for FS it is so hard, because you want to work to make more money to pay bills, but then get penalized by having your FS taken away, so we are going from 400 a month to not qualifying, the system is a little jacked up if you ask me.  I mean why not help those who are trying to help themselves, ya know.  Does anyone know of any programs that will help with gifts for the children for christmas other then toys for tots, that is the only one I know of.



If you call your local 211 line, they should have a listing of Christmas programs. Here we have Toys for Tots, Blue Santa {through police}, as well as many small ones done by food banks and churches. 

post #105 of 192

I don't know if this helps, but my 13yo DS eats a TON of homemade popcorn.  Like, a huge bowl of it every night.  Cheap.  Also lots of PB sandwiches and eggs when he needs something more.  He's eating nutritionally dense foods at other times, and this helps stretch things. 

 

Good luck, my boys are 13 and almost-12 and I know how hard it is.
 

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Originally Posted by zebra15 View Post

My 11 yr old ds is eating me out of house and home.  I just was at the grocery yesterday, had a cart full of food and today its like 'old mother hubbard' lives here.

I'm trying to purchase more ingredients and less pre-made items.  But holy cow this child is just on one massive growth spurt.  I can not get ahead.  My food stamps went up and my kid eats more.  I'm still in the hole every month.

 



 

post #106 of 192

If your kids like nutritional yeast on their popcorn, it is actually healthy, then, too! 

 

I hear you on the kids eating so much food!  Making homemade bread helps, too -- although it takes preparation and foresight!  My 10 year-old will often make himself waffles... which is an okay snack.  I think we just need to plow our entire yard under and start an urban farm just to feed my kids! 

post #107 of 192

Oh my gosh, DH hasn't had any hours at work for FOUR days now.  We are so screwed.  

post #108 of 192
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Oh my gosh, DH hasn't had any hours at work for FOUR days now.  We are so screwed.  


hug2.gif I am sorry!

 

 

I mailed off my explination of how we are paying bills to Medi-Cal. I am praying they don't drop us. I haven't heard anything from food stamps and that is making me REALLY nervous. I am trying not to stress about it because that isn't going to change the outcome, but that is easier said than done. I found a job opening at a local preschool that is 3.5 hours a week at the right time that MIL could watch the kids so I am going to apply for that. Keeping my fingers crossed for that. DH has also found something but it is VERY part time at only about 6-9 hours a week. Still it is something I guess.
 

 

post #109 of 192


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So, I had something wonderful happen today! I bought a $10 scratch ticket and won 1k on it! I am super excited! Going Friday to the headquarters to cash it in. Hubby was laid off this week without pay so this will help bunches!



Awesome!!!!

post #110 of 192
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Originally Posted by Paigekitten View Post

Oh my gosh, DH hasn't had any hours at work for FOUR days now.  We are so screwed.  



((hugs)) this is how I feel.  :(  It stinks. I don't have many more things to sell! 

post #111 of 192

Has anyone ever attended a community crusade that gives out free clothing, toiletries, etc? A local church is doing one here on Saturday in downtown, and I'm debating on going to try to get some free winter clothing for my daughter as well as a coat for myself {mine is in shreds}. I'm not sure it's worth the time spent to do it though, and I really don't want to have to listen to a religious message before getting help as that goes against my religious beliefs. Any ideas?

 

 

I was working on the budget today, and came to the conclusion that I'm going to have to let the cell phones through t-mobile go - they are just too costly and I can't pay them right now. I might try to limp along another month with them until after my mom's food stamps is approved as that's the number they have for me on her application though. 

post #112 of 192
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post

 

I mailed off my explination of how we are paying bills to Medi-Cal. I am praying they don't drop us. I haven't heard anything from food stamps and that is making me REALLY nervous. I am trying not to stress about it because that isn't going to change the outcome, but that is easier said than done. I found a job opening at a local preschool that is 3.5 hours a week at the right time that MIL could watch the kids so I am going to apply for that. Keeping my fingers crossed for that. DH has also found something but it is VERY part time at only about 6-9 hours a week. Still it is something I guess. 

 


Oooh, I hope everything works out. 

 



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Originally Posted by carmel23 View Post

((hugs)) this is how I feel.  :(  It stinks. I don't have many more things to sell! 


DH's been selling things on ebay the last few months, so hopefully that can make up the difference.  Hopefully. 

 

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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post

I was working on the budget today, and came to the conclusion that I'm going to have to let the cell phones through t-mobile go - they are just too costly and I can't pay them right now. I might try to limp along another month with them until after my mom's food stamps is approved as that's the number they have for me on her application though. 


We have a skype number as our "home phone", and a tracfone.  MUCH cheaper.

 

post #113 of 192
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post

Has anyone ever attended a community crusade that gives out free clothing, toiletries, etc? A local church is doing one here on Saturday in downtown, and I'm debating on going to try to get some free winter clothing for my daughter as well as a coat for myself {mine is in shreds}. I'm not sure it's worth the time spent to do it though, and I really don't want to have to listen to a religious message before getting help as that goes against my religious beliefs. Any ideas?

 

 

I was working on the budget today, and came to the conclusion that I'm going to have to let the cell phones through t-mobile go - they are just too costly and I can't pay them right now. I might try to limp along another month with them until after my mom's food stamps is approved as that's the number they have for me on her application though. 



GO-  close your ears and get what you need.  Most times the church is trying to get the help needed to those in need and its less out spreading 'word' and more about passing out goods.

As for cell phones I have one 'good' phone (virgin plan) and my son has a 'safelink' type phone.  He gets 250 mins a month for free.  Actually it's 'my' phone but we do not have a house phone and its my backup phone if i can't pay for my good phone.

post #114 of 192

I am so glad to have found this thread.  I have a question about food stamps.

 

My friend and her 3 kids will be moving in with my husband and I and our daughter.  We are pooling resources and hoping it helps us all get ahead a little more - we will have free built in childcare and help with the bills and so will she!

 

Will this affect our food stamps?  Both families get them.  I am thinking that on paper it will look like we have a renter and our stamps should go down but hers should stay the same because it will look like she's paying rent? (She gets housing assistance now.) 

 

We are planning on living communally and sharing meals and all that but on paper it will just appear to be a roommate or renter situation.

 

Hope this made sense!

post #115 of 192


 

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Originally Posted by Attila the Honey View Post

I am so glad to have found this thread.  I have a question about food stamps.

 

My friend and her 3 kids will be moving in with my husband and I and our daughter.  We are pooling resources and hoping it helps us all get ahead a little more - we will have free built in childcare and help with the bills and so will she!

 

Will this affect our food stamps?  Both families get them.  I am thinking that on paper it will look like we have a renter and our stamps should go down but hers should stay the same because it will look like she's paying rent? (She gets housing assistance now.) 

 

We are planning on living communally and sharing meals and all that but on paper it will just appear to be a roommate or renter situation.

 

Hope this made sense!


hi mama,

 

I think you are right; it will look like your rent/housing cost is going down, since you will not be paying as much rent.  But hers may or may not increase, depending on if her housing costs are increasing or decreasing...

 

post #116 of 192
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Originally Posted by zebra15 View Post



GO-  close your ears and get what you need.  Most times the church is trying to get the help needed to those in need and its less out spreading 'word' and more about passing out goods.

As for cell phones I have one 'good' phone (virgin plan) and my son has a 'safelink' type phone.  He gets 250 mins a month for free.  Actually it's 'my' phone but we do not have a house phone and its my backup phone if i can't pay for my good phone.



I agree, go!  It might not be that bad.  Most things like this that I have either done though our church or attended for the benefit of my family (been on both sides :) ) the people there are more interested in just helping people out, and not converting them.  I think it is an "actions speak louder then words" kind of thing. 

post #117 of 192

Nevermind...sorry

post #118 of 192

Frugalmama- I've attended church meetings to get assistance. It's not a big deal, really. I know what I believe and I know that they are not going to "convert" me by me attending a church meeting. I say GO too.

post #119 of 192
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Originally Posted by SierraBella View Post

Frugalmama- I've attended church meetings to get assistance. It's not a big deal, really. I know what I believe and I know that they are not going to "convert" me by me attending a church meeting. I say GO too.



I agree with the previous posters. I am not a religious person, but I have received help from church organizations when I needed it.

post #120 of 192

Our cell phones just got shut off today as I can't pay the bill - so we are swapping to a pre-paid plan instead until Safelink goes through. FYI T-Mobile now charges a $20 reconnection fee per line if you are shut off. Just in case anyone else has them. 

 

I decided not to go to the crusade giving out free clothing, not because of it being a religious event but because I just had to much already going on that day. My daughter doesn't do well with large events, and we already have another activity going on that day in the evening so it was going to be cutting it close to make it at all. 

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