Originally Posted by carmel23
ugh, 50 bucks is a lot! that is really good that you are still saving, too though. I was and then the kids went back to school and there were so many costs associated with it--fees for this and that. I'm sure we qualify for reduced/free lunch but I don't like the school having that info and my kids won't eat the lunch at school anyway. They just wouldn't eat. So there went the saving!
where do you live that it is so cold? It is cold here, and dark and gray for months and months in the winter and wet. but nothing fun like snow....
Yes, $50 is a lot, but the total down since August is $450 a month, and I'm afraid we haven't hit our bottom yet. As far as free lunch, we have our kids in our parish school and they get scholarship funds, so the school is already well aware of our situation. Oldest DS moved on to public high school this year and got an automatic approval for free lunch through the FS program, without my even asking or filing any forms. I totally sympathize with your not wanting to share personal financial info like that, though. It's incredibly uncomfortable. But, I am happy to know that our private school actually receives more money through the free lunch program than they charge for school lunches, so it benefits them to have kids on free/reduced lunch. Our school is sooo small that little things like this make a difference.
We live in the upper midwest. The last few years have been brutal. I grew up on the East coast in VA and I am so not prepared for this environment. And our house is just crazy. We do not have heating ducts in two of the kids' bedrooms and have had contractors in looking at it and no one wants to even do the job to fix it. I'm just done here and need to move on.
ETA: I'm vacillating whether to contact our social worker to adjust our FS yet or wait until I feel like we've hit a plateau. I got a letter that they are transitioning to an online renewal process, so maybe that'll come soon. Also, anyone who prays our would like to send good thoughts our way that we get a good subsidy for our heating expenses this year would be greatly appreciated. Sometimes during our winter lows in our income, just having that subsidy makes the difference between being okay and not, you know?