I was searching for ways to trim our budget a little more so that we can build an emergency fund. I went on our energy provider website to read about alternate billing options like budget billing that averages the cost over a year. While on the site, I saw that we totally qualify for heating and energy assistance. Not like, a little bit, but by a $1000/month margin. I always think that maybe we could be doing more, being more frugal, but then I saw that and was like... .what? Should I be applying for this?
DP grew up on assistance and has said a couple of times how nice he feels not being on it. I did not grow up on assistance but there were a couple times when we definitely qualified and my mom just hunkered down and made it work somehow.... I really don't know how. So even though I'd tell a friend, "Just apply! They will weed you out if others need it more!" ... I am having a hard time seeing clearly if this is something we should do. We always pay all our bills, though not always on time. We have a lot of expenses coming up, like repairs to the car to keep the inspection up to date, new tires for winter because the old ones aren't safe, and DP needs his teeth repaired badly but we are both afraid to find out how much it is going to cost. And yet, I feel we are so much better off than many, it doesn't seem possible or right that we should be asking for help.
Edited by cyclamen - 11/9/11 at 9:02pm