I hope the shutdown gets resolved quickly too. I keep the checking the news, hoping to see a good headline. I can't imagine where we'd be without SS payments.
Frugalmama, I'm in Oz and I've signed up to those types of survey websites but barely anything comes my way because of the location. I'm going to revisit it once more and see how I go. I'm really glad we are able to "just make it" every month too.. such a relief.. but it's not without sacrifice. We only have enough (break even) for the new mortgage payment, basic utilities payment (water/electricity/gas used very frugally) and $100/per person/per month grocery budget. Anything else is now considered non essential, including gas for the car. DD has fully outgrown her only pair of shoes, I need to have 2 scans (that are not covered by medicare) and DD will need to have her foot looked at very soon (more $). We're already in a pickle and the CC balance is slowly rising, but at least we've got our house. DH is looking for work and pretty much applying for anything and everything on a daily basis, but no luck as of yet.