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Justmama- Hugs to you. Three jobs would wear anybody out and yes it is so hard to find alternate care for little ones last minute. My neighbor is helping me out tomorrow and I'm so thankful. (When did parent teacher conferences begin taking the whole day, causing kids to have no school?

I'm super thankful for tons of things in my life right now....mostly little things but still very important :)

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Feeling like everyone wants a piece of me this time of yr. I am doing so much better than before and Im happy to be in a position to give back but feeling guilty about not wanting to give everything I have away. No sainthood for happyhats.
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We keep making changes in our budget to cut back and some other bs comes up. We have no tv except netflix no smartphones, cheapest cars possible low house payment and still can barely make it. So frustrated. We make just enough to get zero help and not enough to live without it. Sigh. I'm having a rough day as you can see.
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We keep making changes in our budget to cut back and some other bs comes up. We have no tv except netflix no smartphones, cheapest cars possible low house payment and still can barely make it. So frustrated. We make just enough to get zero help and not enough to live without it. Sigh. I'm having a rough day as you can see.


I hope your day gets better!! :Hug

 

Things are good around here. We are finally catching back up and hopefully can start paying our IRS bill. Van needs tires, both cars need oil changes, floor still needs finishing. Money, money. Oh well I am warm and healthy. Been trying to find some long johns cheap or footed blanket sleepers for my older girls since I have been keeping the heat low the house is getting a bit chilly. Anyone have a idea where I can find some cheap? Walmart and target want $14 for them and ebay they were just as high.

 

Buying cars on craigslist- We have had this go both ways. My husband bought a truck for 2k that caught fire a week later and we got my van on there too. The guy that owned my van was the only owner, had all service records and it was AMAZING shape on the inside. It is a 2000 and has high highway miles but still drives great and we paid a little under 2k for it.

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Thanks averysmomma. I need to be thankful too. We have food shelter heat and each other!! Also my dh has been able to pick up extra hours. He gets 84 every two weeks but will get an extra 12 in the next couple.
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Thread Starter 

Check kohls for Pj's.  They run sales it seems every weekend and I think this is a 'kohls cash' weekend as well.  Bonus is you can order online and get the same price as instore and  stay home!

 

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1451652/carters-dotted-snowgirl-microfleece-footed-pajamas-toddler.jsp?crosssell=true

 

Fleece is $11 right now

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Check kohls for Pj's.  They run sales it seems every weekend and I think this is a 'kohls cash' weekend as well.  Bonus is you can order online and get the same price as instore and  stay home!

 

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1451652/carters-dotted-snowgirl-microfleece-footed-pajamas-toddler.jsp?crosssell=true

 

Fleece is $11 right now


Thank yoU! I will check that out. Just checked and good price for the ones for my son! The girls are in big kid sizes so the price was like $16 but I am sure I can find a coupon and see that they are doing the cash. Plus maybe can get some swagbucks through Shop and earn.

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Finally got some good news! Sold the central a/c we've been trying to sell for months and just in time to pay taxes on the house. Was able to pay the net bill & get net back! Plus I won a $500 gift certificate to petsupplies.com - going to stock up on cat food & cat litter for the kitten.

 

*Hugs* to everyone. Will try to read & do personals when I get a chance tonight.

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That's wonderful frugalmama
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frugalmama, that's awesome! huge win!
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I just wanted to pop in and say "holiday helper"!! I hope those of you that apply get accepted. And if you haven't applied (and want to) apply soon.

I know many of you from posts around the forum and you are some of my favorite people here. You have so much love for your families and are so creative in pulling the most amazing things together to provide for them. Love to you all.
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I just wanted to pop in and say "holiday helper"!! I hope those of you that apply get accepted. And if you haven't applied (and want to) apply soon.

I know many of you from posts around the forum and you are some of my favorite people here. You have so much love for your families and are so creative in pulling the most amazing things together to provide for them. Love to you all.


I am not sure if I even qualify for HH since I am not sure if I have been active as they want since April. We lost internet back then so I am not so sure. I signed up anyways so we shall see soon.

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I am not sure if I even qualify for HH since I am not sure if I have been active as they want since April. We lost internet back then so I am not so sure. I signed up anyways so we shall see soon.

Same here. I have the post count, but I've only been "active" since August because I went a very long time without internet access.

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I've been trying to find a blog or article about living with kids on very little (<20000). Apparently it's only possible if you are a single male college student w/out kids. :/ Anyway, any of you blog??

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I will keep on the lookout for you, micah. Off the top of my head there is penniless parenting, though she is in another country. There was a blog called underathousandamonth, but its closed. As for me, tis the season to overspend fa la la la la. But we are okay. My neice is coming over after school to make handprint turkeys with us. Then I hope to make leaves on to write what we are thankful for and watch a short movie about the mayflower voyage.
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I've been trying to find a blog or article about living with kids on very little (<20000). Apparently it's only possible if you are a single male college student w/out kids. :/

 

I live on a little less than $2,000 a month.  It can be done.

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Yeah I don't anymore but we lived on $1428 per month for 5 years.  Unfortunately I don't blog so I guess that doesn't help you.  :wink

 

 

 

Gratefuls:

 

-a house with heat.  It's FREEEEEEEEE*ING outside now.  We are expecting our first snowfall tomorrow.

 

-a nice paycheck this week.  I worked more hours than I typically do last week.

 

-the money to buy my middle daughter the jacket she needed.  She's in love with it.

 

-Somehow I'm still pulling the grocery situation out of my butt and haven't had to do a big shopping yet this month.

 

-got a pretty skein of yarn I uncovered in my knitting basket that I've had for a whilei and forgotten about to make myself a new hat for this winter.

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I've been trying to find a blog or article about living with kids on very little (<20000). Apparently it's only possible if you are a single male college student w/out kids. :/ Anyway, any of you blog??

Hmmmm There are a few blogs on $5 meals, budget meal plans, Penny Pinching Mom. I'm not sure of other blogs. I definitely survived being a single Mom with two kids earning less than $16k working overtime. It's possible, but hard. I wish I knew then some of what I know now about price matching, energy assistance programs, etc.

I hate to join in here. Our income should be high enough for us to live ok-still below the federal poverty limit for services, but enough...until you take out required work fees (union, required retirement contributions that the state so far pretty much refuses to pay out, etc.) and taxes. And my ex just stopped paying child support again. Just in time for the holidays again this year. eyesroll.gif Right now I'm trying to sell anything not nailed down. I would get a part time job, but I'm in school, and making any more money will drop our state medicaid for me. So I'm kinda stuck. Is anyone else doing largely homemade holidays? I found some wool fabric in my attic, so I'm going to cut some warm shirts and underclothes for the kids with what I can patch together, and if I find the cash, they have $10 electric blankets at Walmart, so we can drop the heat.
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Thanks ladies! I'm feeling pretty grumpy right now. Had to get a credit card for a new laptop because my old one fried and I am doing online classes. Meanwhile my mil (who has been like a friend to me) is *giving* my stbx her new laptop "so he doesn't have to buy one" said with a tone of *the poor guy is going to be so broke*. I mean really? All he has to pay is rent and he's getting a roommate so we're talking less than $500/mo. He will have $2500-3000/mo and only have to take care of himself. Oh poor guy who has to pay child support for his 3 kids who he's never taken care of *ever*. I've been a free live in nanny, maid, cook and accountant for him for 7 years damn it and put my own education on hold. Poor him. *eyeroll*

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Originally Posted by micah_mae_ View Post
 

I've been trying to find a blog or article about living with kids on very little (<20000). Apparently it's only possible if you are a single male college student w/out kids. :/ Anyway, any of you blog??

 

I don't blog {tried but never had time} but we live on way less than $20k a year. Monthly we live on about $300 plus another $367 in SNAP and then medicaid for both of us. We are only able to do that though because the house is paid for - otherwise it would be closer to $1k a month {less if you can get subsidized housing}.

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