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post #181 of 1405
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I would call and beg them to keep you on the payment plan. We have done that and it has worked.

hug Praying it does for you too.

 

I tried, but no luck. I did manage to get them to extend the deadline to April 2nd though. Hoping I can come up with either the funds or some help with the bill by then. 

 

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Went to the food shelf yesterday and the kids acted like it was Christmas. Great to see them so excited. Heart breaking for me to think it was over food. greensad.gif

I am getting over myself though and doing whatever it takes to make this a less stressful time for my family.

I am looking for help with planning healthy and frugal meals using what we have on hand and minimal grocery store add ins.

Any ideas of the best place to get that help?

Sending prayers and hug to everyone here.

 

Another recommendation for allrecipies. Or post up here and maybe we will have some ideas. 

 

 

 

I'm just so thankful I finally have my medicaid, so I can get my prescriptions rewritten and filled. I'm having trouble with my asthma {probably from the lack of a/c}, and have to figure out something better than my current inhaler. 

 

Tomorrow I get to start calling places for help with the electric bill, and see who will do what on it. Tried having a yard sale yesterday and only made $82, which is already gone for getting our grass cut, the alley cleaned out before the city starts fining me on it, the garage sale permit and a trip to the store with a friend for things I can't get home on the bus. I have no idea where income for next month is coming from right now :( I did post a need on 2hands.org - thanks Honor Noble for the recommendation. 

post #182 of 1405

frugalmama, maybe you could apply for liveops. They're a virtual call center and you take calls for infomercials. They don't require any prior experience, you have full control over your schedule and as long as they're having enough traffic you can just log in when you have a spare few minutes (also the option to schedule time where you'll definitely get calls). It's pretty easy to qualify, the only downside is that you have to pay your own background check which is $50. I've gone through everything, just waiting for my phone to get here so that I can start taking calls. 

post #183 of 1405

*sigh*  I'm broke.  Again.  2 shut off notices this month that I'm not sure will be taken care of.  I have to go for a biopsy today at the gyno that I'm hopeful is nothing.  My youngest is having trouble with her asthma and on oral steroids again.  And of course I get two notices for field trips for my older two that I have to pay for.  It just all seems to happen at once.  And to cap it all off, my car is making some messed up noises that are freaking me out.  I just had work done on it a year ago but I can't afford it this year and I really need it to not break down.  It's a 2003 toyota and it's paid off and has just over $100K miles but it's mine and it runs so far.  irked.gif  I guess I'm just kinda in that place where you are burnt out and frustrated with constantly struggling and having it not be enough.  I suppose the one thing to be grateful for is that my neighbor asked me to watch her sick kid today before my biopsy so it's a little bit of cash to pay for those field trips.  But it's my damn birthday on Friday.  I just wish I was in a mood to celebrate and enjoy it.  

post #184 of 1405
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post

frugalmama, maybe you could apply for liveops. They're a virtual call center and you take calls for infomercials. They don't require any prior experience, you have full control over your schedule and as long as they're having enough traffic you can just log in when you have a spare few minutes (also the option to schedule time where you'll definitely get calls). It's pretty easy to qualify, the only downside is that you have to pay your own background check which is $50. I've gone through everything, just waiting for my phone to get here so that I can start taking calls. 

 Do you have to have a land line to do this? What other requirements do they have?

 

JustMama: Hugs!! Happy birthday early! Try to do something special for you no matter how small it is. Even a nice bubble bath.

post #185 of 1405
I may have to check out live ops too!


Super grateful exdh is helping me sell my van and got a trade in for me I will be getting by weeks end! A year newer much better mpg and 30k less miles, at this poimt I will only be paying sales tax. He literally is saving me about 5-6k and I am getting a much nicer car at the price I can afford.
post #186 of 1405
Hugs, justmama. Yes, celebrate in some small way. Use those food stamps to buy a small cake or something, pick up some trashy mags from the library, indulge in a warm bath.

Yardsaling was decent. I got a pillow pet for a dollar, and its going to either my son or nephew. I got a practically brand new game for my older nephew and a second one for my sil family for the holidays ( im planning on doing a bssket with a board game , snacks, and maybe an inexpensive movie for a family fun day). I also got a van goh book for dh, for our anniversary or his bday, and a planetarium for dd that I need to chsck out. For me I got a new cardifan and small cr8ckpot I want to use for soapmaking soon. I just have to wzit until I cN stock up on large containers of olive oil and coconut oil, and of course buy lye.
post #187 of 1405
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post

 Do you have to have a land line to do this? What other requirements do they have?

 

The requirements are pretty basic, can't have filed for bankruptcy and pass the background check is pretty much it as long as they're hiring. You have to have a landline and connec to the internet with a cord while working. You have a while to get that set up. 

post #188 of 1405
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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post

Went to the food shelf yesterday and the kids acted like it was Christmas. Great to see them so excited. Heart breaking for me to think it was over food. greensad.gif

I am getting over myself though and doing whatever it takes to make this a less stressful time for my family.

I am looking for help with planning healthy and frugal meals using what we have on hand and minimal grocery store add ins.

Any ideas of the best place to get that help?

Sending prayers and hug to everyone here.

There's a couple threads for cheap eats here. Aside from that, I'd be happy to share some of my inexpensive meals. We try to keep our food at about 50 cents a serving, but lately we've been meat-heavy. Get a beg of flour, a bag of beans and a chicken, and you'll eat for a week!
post #189 of 1405
I just don't even know what to do anymore. I have no job because I have no car. I have no car because I have no money to fix the one I have. I have no money because I can't get work. Its just so frustrating. I've tried everything to get any job I can. I'm thinking of becoming a house keeper but I don't even know where to start? The only way me and my LO have food is because of our FS and a roof is because of DF's mom. I've been so upset lately because I feel so hopeless. DF isn't doing anything to help and I can't make him. If him and I fight he threatens to kick me and DS out. This is the best place financially for DS to be, but I'm not getting any help for anything else.
I just don't even know what to do.
post #190 of 1405
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post

The requirements are pretty basic, can't have filed for bankruptcy and pass the background check is pretty much it as long as they're hiring. You have to have a landline and connec to the internet with a cord while working. You have a while to get that set up. 

Well damn that counts me out. I can't believe in this economy they are still looking at bankruptcy or credit reports for jobs. Oh well! Hopefully it works out for everyone else.

post #191 of 1405
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I just don't even know what to do anymore. I have no job because I have no car. I have no car because I have no money to fix the one I have. I have no money because I can't get work. Its just so frustrating. I've tried everything to get any job I can. I'm thinking of becoming a house keeper but I don't even know where to start? The only way me and my LO have food is because of our FS and a roof is because of DF's mom. I've been so upset lately because I feel so hopeless. DF isn't doing anything to help and I can't make him. If him and I fight he threatens to kick me and DS out. This is the best place financially for DS to be, but I'm not getting any help for anything else.
I just don't even know what to do.

hug2.gif  Hey.  Welcome.  Sorry you have to be here with us.  That situation would make me ragey.  I say this with all gentleness but are you positive this is the man you want as your lifelong companion?  I'm sure he has other redeeming qualities but you can really tell a lot about a person's character when the poo hits the fan and the chips are down, ya know?  We all need a partner in this life, someone who has our back.  Doesn't sound like he has yours.  Just because it might be the best thing financially for your son doesn't mean it's the best thing for him all around.  You sound like you are spinning your wheels and not getting anywhere.  Did you try advertising your cleaning services through craigslist or through word of mouth with DF's mom?  Are you guys at all friendly?  Maybe should could put your name out there to her friends for cleaning?  The older generation usually has a hard time cleaning their homes when the homes become too big for them and maybe a few of her friends need someone to come every few weeks for a deep cleaning or something like that.  You'd be surprised how quickly you can get your name out there.  Also, check bulletin boards at whole foods or other networking type areas for advertisements for cleaning.  

post #192 of 1405
Those are really good ideas that I didn't think of. I'm a bit younger so is MIL and my parents also. I'd say everyone in the circles we know are almost all under 50 or even really 45. I'll start seeing how to get myself out there more.

I shouldn't say DF doesn't help, I just mean financially he doesn't help. He's getting quite a chunk of money on his birthday so somethings should ease up then, hopefully. He helps with the stay at home stuff when he can, and he tries to help with DS but DS has a ton of attachment on me right now.

But you're right, I'm just really worn out and sick of spinning my wheels but not getting anywhere.
post #193 of 1405

*hugs*  I understand.  Being poor is really hard work.  It's emotionally draining.

post #194 of 1405

Still here, still broke. Fingers crossed a check comes on the 3rd, so I can immediately go pay the electric bill before they cut it off. It's supposed to be paid by the 2nd. I've called all over town and nobody has funds for utility bill assistance except for the one city place that we can't go back to for 6 months. Thinking of just paying what I have on the bill, even though it's way less than what is owed. I have like $200 and the bill is $544. Maybe paying some would keep them from cutting it off? IDK. Never been this late before. 

 

 

Still trying to come up with income sources. Thinking about becoming a Barefoot Books Ambassador, if I can scrape together the $139 for the kit I would need. I think I could sell enough books to at least pay some of the bills, and maybe all of them if I try really hard. Plus we'd get free books too, which would be nice for gifts for dd. I figure I could do a monthly sale type email thing among the local homeschoolers, and maybe a booth at the local conventions, and bring in customers that way. 

post #195 of 1405

I hate the first paycheck of the month. This one we got our bills for having electric and water on two houses for a month and we are short almost $500. Haven't decided exactly what to do yet.

post #196 of 1405
Thread Starter 

Went to DES last week, managed to sit there for THREE hours and finally get seen by a case worker.  Was immediately approved for the next 6 months of FS and Medical.  (yep instant poverty).  I've been subbing again, it barely pays the bills and I hate calling my parents for money.  Therapy seems to be helping this time-I officially switched counselors.  Being gluten free is starting to stress me out again.

Basically nothing has changed.

post #197 of 1405

Hi, I'm not sure I really belong in this thread, but I lurk. I just wanted to reply to zebra - what is it about being gluten-free that is stressing you out currently? My husband is gluten-free so if there is something I could help with, please let me know. You've probably found a lot of good resources already but there are some good blogs I visit if you want specific links. 

post #198 of 1405

mamaofprincesses, this thread is for anyone who wants to be here.  As long as your posts are supportive, you belong here.  Poverty or not.  Low income or LOWER THAN YOU'D LIKE income.  :) That's a pretty broad range.

 

 

 

Gratefuls:

 

-Easter was lovely.  We managed a quiet home morning, one side of the family in the afternoon, and a quick stop by the other side of the family in the evening.  Kids were great.  They had a blast playing with their cousins in the afternoon and my asthmatic only needed 2 breathing treatments today so it was a huge success.  I was a little concerned checking the pollen counts this morning before we left but she managed okay.

 

-started to panic that there was no more cat food in the bucket tonight when I fed them and then realized that I was smart enough to buy the giant bag last time I had money so I had half a giant bag left downstairs on the pantry shelves.  Doesn't happen often but sometimes I'm intelligent.

 

-The pediatrician started mailing out scripts for the controlled stuff(Adderall) now so I didn't have to drive 20minutes one way and burn that gas to pick up my daughter's prescription monthly so that's a nice money-saver.  

 

-this week I did some sick-care for the neighbor's kid so I was able to make Easter nice this year instead of scrounging pennies for dollar store stuff like last year.  It was still from the dollar store but at least it was a little more impressive than the 3 things they each got last year.  

 

-it's starting to warm up outside into the 50's nearly every day which means our heating costs are finally lowering and I could NOT be happier!!!!

post #199 of 1405

Hello Mamas.  I just found this thread.  Recently we re-applied for FS and to our shock we didn't qualify and they said we make too much money.  I have no idea how because after we pay all our bills we have close to no money left.  DH works at a decent job but doesn't make a lot of money and usually only works 30-35 hours a week.  I am a full time student and occasionally sub but not often.  We found out on Friday and have been in a panic.  We have been going over finances and things are going to be very tight.  DH also has to pay $800+ for taxes (because of freelance work he did)...we are going to have to borrow some money from his Mom, but after this month we will have to figure out how to make this work.  Anyone have any tips on how to really cut food costs?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

post #200 of 1405
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Originally Posted by Freedom~Mama View Post

Hello Mamas.  I just found this thread.  Recently we re-applied for FS and to our shock we didn't qualify and they said we make too much money.  I have no idea how because after we pay all our bills we have close to no money left.  DH works at a decent job but doesn't make a lot of money and usually only works 30-35 hours a week.  I am a full time student and occasionally sub but not often.  We found out on Friday and have been in a panic.  We have been going over finances and things are going to be very tight.  DH also has to pay $800+ for taxes (because of freelance work he did)...we are going to have to borrow some money from his Mom, but after this month we will have to figure out how to make this work.  Anyone have any tips on how to really cut food costs?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

There are many threads about this but I think one of the biggest things I have found it eating less meat. Our family has been vegetarian for many years but when I look at the price of meat and what we already spend on food. I really don't know how we would afford it. We would be vegetarian out of necessity. The other thing is making as much as you can at home. I don't have the patience or energy to make my own ketchup and things like that but I will buy a big thing of plain yougurt and add jam in over preflavored yougurt any day, healthier and cheaper. Same with oatmeal. Rather thank packets I buy a bulk oats and our own honey, raisins, nuts etc... Planning ahead is hard sometimes but it can really pay off. We don't leave the  house without snacks anymore to avoid any possible eating out temptations and I meal plan for the week. Now if only I could plan before I shop I really be doing good. Instead I tend to shop and then plan the week based on what I bought. The problem is that I often realize that I am missing things for certain recipes I want to make or I've over bought and wasted money. Hope some of this is helpful...

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