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post #201 of 1405

I don't know where else to go to share my excitement. We got enrolled and granted SNAP today. Obviously I shared with my fiance, but I feel like shouting from the rooftops, and no one wants to hear that. It's funny because we still have an overload of bills to pay that we can't, but we have food and that makes me over the moon happy.

 

And not only that, but since we got approved last month and they were just waiting for proof of income before they granted it, we got last month and this months benefits. (Kind of weird because our benefit date is supposed to be the 13th, but whatever.) Our monthly benefit was more than I was expecting and since we have so much I will be able to go to Sams and buy bulk like I want to. And I'll feel 0 guilt for buying a gallon of raw local honey at the farmers market that accepts SNAP. I'm just so happy, best way to start my month =)

post #202 of 1405
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Originally Posted by crunchymonkey View Post

I don't know where else to go to share my excitement. We got enrolled and granted SNAP today. Obviously I shared with my fiance, but I feel like shouting from the rooftops, and no one wants to hear that. It's funny because we still have an overload of bills to pay that we can't, but we have food and that makes me over the moon happy.

 

And not only that, but since we got approved last month and they were just waiting for proof of income before they granted it, we got last month and this months benefits. (Kind of weird because our benefit date is supposed to be the 13th, but whatever.) Our monthly benefit was more than I was expecting and since we have so much I will be able to go to Sams and buy bulk like I want to. And I'll feel 0 guilt for buying a gallon of raw local honey at the farmers market that accepts SNAP. I'm just so happy, best way to start my month =)

 

 

That's wonderful news!!!  Having food in the house and not having to panic about food is the best feeling.  Our local farmer's market accepts SNAP too and my girls and I go every week during the summer and buy all of our produce there along with our own garden.  Our favorite baker always saves a baggie of breadsticks for us because he knows how much my girls love them.  And the honey man always expects us to pick up a honey stick per kid.  And the drummers know we'll be there for some music while we snack on honey, bread, and veggies.  It's the highlight of our week.

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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!

 

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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...

 

Welcome Freedom~Mama.  You've gotten great tips above ^^^^ but I think I might have one or two more.  For the meat you eat(if you do), try buying whole chickens when they go on sale and cooking them in the crockpot.  It's stupid easy.  I'm veggie but my kids are omni.  I put a whole chicken, lemon juice or a lemon depending on what I have, and some herbs in the crockpot and cook for 8 hours and serve for dinner.  Once dinner is done, the work begins.  I strip the entire thing, portion into baggies, and freeze or refrigerate for later meals like soup and quesadillas, etc. I then use the juices and make chicken stock for soup and coook that down again and freeze in mason jars.  It's an all day process but it's cheap and requires very little hands-on work, and makes stock AND meat for many meals.  Likewise, I make my own veggie broth.  I put all my veggie peelings and scraps(that half-eaten carrot that no one wanted, the last spoonful of corn, those few spinach leaves that got wilty in the fridge, etc and store them in jars and baggies in my freezer.  When I have a crockpot full, I cook them down for stock overnight.  I NEVER buy stock or buillion cubes for soup EVER.  Waste of money.  I make most of my girls' snacks instead of buying.  But I bake smart.  When I make cookies, I make a double batch and wrap half of hte dough in saran wrap and put it in the freezer in a "log" so I have slice and bake cookies whenever I need them.  That way I can make just a few, half a batch, or a whole batch depending on my needs.  Likewise, I make waffles and pancakes in double batches and freeze for easy mornings.  It's all from scratch instead of processed since it's cheaper and healthier that way and it takes maybe an extra 10minutes to make a double batch instead of a single so it's worth it.  We don't eat a whole lot of fancy foods with crazy spices and ingredients.  I'm an okay cook.  I can make simple things.  But I know my limits and super involved prep work isn't for me so most meals are simple and easy like homemade chicken nuggets and spinach salad and another veggie or fruit.  Or tacos and raw veggies on the side(meat tacos for them, tvp and veggie tacos for me).  Stir fry is a great way to use up all the last bits of veggies, as is fried rice and pasta dishes.  Never let any bit go to waste.  Those two mouthfuls of soy milk my daughter didn't finish go in the fridge for use in pancakes or smoothies or whatever.  Yogurt or applesauce can replace oil easily so we always save those, even just in a spoonful or two.  We save fruit in a jar in the freezer(half-eaten bananas, the random strawberry no one ate, etc) for smoothies.  I don't buy small packages of anything.  I buy a big tub of pretzels and portion out for snacks/lunches.  I'll buy oatmeal several pounds at a time from the bulk bins, store in large jars, and portion out for the kids for the morning and do a "make your own oatmeal" day.  Put out all the approved toppings and go at it, sundae style.  :)  I always try to aim for having 2 dishes of leftovers from each dinner.  That gives me something to pack in their lunches or for myself on a busy day.  Also, never underestimate the power of "snack plate."  It's the same concept as giving newly mobile toddlers an ice cube tray readily available always for snacking.  Pull all the raw cut veggies and fruits and dried nuts and seeds from your pantry and put on a tray for snacking instead of a meal.  That small amt of pasta, the one granola bar, the last spoonful of hummus, etc.  It's all fair game for the tray.  Maybe center family game night around a snack plate dinner for a treat.  It FEELS like a treat but it's all healthy foods that you didn't have to cook.  It takes 5 minutes of prep work to chop some veggies and pull everything together.  Snack plate is my go-to when everyone is starving and ragey and wants dinner like YESTERDAY and we just walked in the door and it's essentially stuff you'd just chuck anyway since it's not enough for a full meal.

post #203 of 1405
Will need to write down these tips. Thanks to those who shared. smile.gif
post #204 of 1405

CrunchyMonkey - it feels great to have groceries, doesn't it!

 

We got our FS for the month on the 1st, and yesterday I did a big shopping run. Lucked into finding seasoned chicken leg quarters for .49/lb so I stocked up! And we got paid this month too, so most of the bills are paid. I still have to pay $50 on the electric, and $30 for the water, but those can slide a month if need be. I'm going to try to sell enough stuff on craigslist to pay them though as I really really don't want to get behind again. I'm hopeful to make enough I can either get some ceiling fans & put them in the rooms, or some box fans. Without a/c the heat is really getting to us here in South Texas. Need to go apply for a weatherization program to see if they will help fix the house up from that POV. 

 

And Saturday we're having a freebie outing :) One of the local grocery chains does a health family expo every year, with lots of free samples & coupons & stuff for the kids. It's a big event held at a local convention center, but free to get in & normally free to get there on city bus. 

post #205 of 1405

frugalmama, that expo sounds awesome!!!

 

 

Sometimes being poor is okay.  Yesterday we were given free tickets to Sesame Street Live through my daughter's Head Start class!  Two free tickets valued at $18 per ticket!  I was psyched.  She doesn't really watch sesame street since we don't get but one tv channel and never turn it on anyway but she knows who the characters are and I got her daddy to agree to take her so she'll be excited about a special night with daddy tonight.  

 

Today we had our second pedi appt this week(ugh!) so while we were close, we went to the children's museum.  We get in free with our medicaid cards.  Packed a picnic lunch and played for a while.  Nice day.  Then I get to spend a nice quiet movie night with my two oldest tonight while daddy takes the little one to Sesame Street.  Some knitting and a movie sounds nice.  Maybe we'll make some popcorn too.  Just the thing for these horrible cramps.irked.gif

post #206 of 1405
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post

CrunchyMonkey - it feels great to have groceries, doesn't it!

 

We got our FS for the month on the 1st, and yesterday I did a big shopping run. Lucked into finding seasoned chicken leg quarters for .49/lb so I stocked up! And we got paid this month too, so most of the bills are paid. I still have to pay $50 on the electric, and $30 for the water, but those can slide a month if need be. I'm going to try to sell enough stuff on craigslist to pay them though as I really really don't want to get behind again. I'm hopeful to make enough I can either get some ceiling fans & put them in the rooms, or some box fans. Without a/c the heat is really getting to us here in South Texas. Need to go apply for a weatherization program to see if they will help fix the house up from that POV. 

 

And Saturday we're having a freebie outing :) One of the local grocery chains does a health family expo every year, with lots of free samples & coupons & stuff for the kids. It's a big event held at a local convention center, but free to get in & normally free to get there on city bus. 

Hey we're in Texas too! I loved our electric bill for February but I know it's going to suck in a few months. 

 

justmama-that's cool about the children's museum. I'm checking now to see if anything in my area does something like that. 

post #207 of 1405
Thread Starter 

Well, my birthday is next week, but a friend has a b'day this week. My sister sent me a giftcard that I'm never going to use so I'm recycling that as a gift to said friend.  I hate obligatory gifts.  UGH.

 

I really need my new psychatrist appointment. I thought waiting til 4/16 was no big deal, its only a couple weeks, however I need meds.  I really REALLY need meds.  I need one med in particular.  Sometimes county medical makes it so difficult, the rx needs to be written by plan provider, this is a new change, before anyone could write the rx and they would cover the cost.  I sure hope the new dr doesn't want to start changing all my meds.

 

I did some resumes today.  Summer is coming and I need some type of income.  Subbing is going to end in about a month.  I need to get my act together.

 

I have $191 dollars until payday and I need to figure out how much I will be paid next Thursday.  That $191 needs to cover $75 in swim club fees, plus gas for the car $60, $200 electric and $300 internet.phone.cable (this is really behind).  Plus I owe therapy $400.  At least my rent check cleared and the swim check will clear.  I can probably get an extension on the electric and internet.

 

i need a job, a regular job so I can finally get even, Im not even trying to get ahead, i just want to get even.

 

Oh and I need to miss a day of subbing cuz kiddo has another foot fungus infection.  He loves swim team but his feet are deadly.  

post #208 of 1405

Zebra- Are you a certified teacher? If so, check into summer programs for the school districts around you. I know my district is always hiring for ESYP programs, camps, and summer schools. They always need aids for the disabled students in these programs. The pay isn't great, but it's consistent. (The aids don't have to be certified). Good luck!

post #209 of 1405

jumpers.gif We got our heating assistance award letter.  $440!  I'm so relieved!!! I've been waiting since October to know this!  I hate how long it takes.  Huge weight off my shoulders.

post #210 of 1405
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jumpers.gif We got our heating assistance award letter.  $440!  I'm so relieved!!! I've been waiting since October to know this!  I hate how long it takes.  Huge weight off my shoulders.

 

So Glad to hear you got it! Utility assistance is a huge help. 

 

 

 

We went to the expo yesterday and had a blast. Brought home lots of free samples & goodies, even FRUIT! We were able to get lovely strawberries 2 pints free at the expo - something we rarely splurge on as it's hard to find good ones at our local stores. DD had a blast too - she got to get a brand new book free at one of the booths, and to pick up lots of coloring sheets & stuff. I also picked up flyers for 2 more free expos in the next month for us to go to - it's a nice free outing {except for bus fare} and we get freebies. 

 

I'm working today on raising funds to pay the rest of this months bills - I've been listing books online to sell. Hopefully I can sell enough to pay at least this months bills, and maybe even next months. Figuring I need about $250 to pay this months and next months - if the homeschooling stuff I have sells I should have that easy. Trying to get it before I need it, as it's not looking like Mom will be coming home anytime soon. She was tentatively supposed to come home in a week or two, but she had to go back into the hospital for an infection & heart issues early this morning. So I'm not counting on having her here to help with the bills for May. 

 

I still need to get some big items sold to pay the taxes on the house....wish my AC system would sell. 

post #211 of 1405

*happy dance for justmama*

 

frugalmama- Glad you guys had fun at the expo! I love fresh strawberries, I can't wait to go to the farm and pick some tomorrow. Fingers crossed that your stuff sells. I used to sell on ebay but it got so exhausting for me. 

 

We bought car insurance today since it's been about a month since our last policy went out...Fiances work isn't giving him any hours. He's going to see about picking up a second job. Since I didn't know his schedule I wasn't able to lock in any scheduled time for work this week and since my stats are so low right now, they aren't sending me any calls if I'm not scheduled. So that's a flop. We have to go get my daughters social security card tomorrow and since it's not really that much further, we're going to the farm that takes SNAP and I'm getting fresh strawberries and honey. 

 

I'm super stressed right now because since our registration and inspection is still out in the car we're terrified of driving it the hour+ to the midwife in the city. So I'm trying to find a doctor to take over my prenatal care until we can afford to get the stickers replaced. I also had a realization yesterday that I may have antepartum (antenatal, prenatal, whatever) depression. So now I'm looking for a psychologist to see what they think.

 

We have $95 left today, my first check isn't until May 1st, fiances next check won't be crap (maybe not even $200). We have to pay $72 by the 22nd to keep the internet and landline on (have to have for work), $450 for rent on the first, $40 for electricity but the late fee is very very affordable and they give a long time to pay so that can wait, and of course gas. Oh and the next insurance payment will be a month from today and that's $103. That's only the bills we're bothering to worry about. Seriously hoping that next week I can actually grab many more schedule blocks. Oh and hopefully after we get my daughters social we'll get a better tax return than the original estimate.

 

Good things is our fridge and pantry are stuffed and we still have loads of SNAP benefits and I can't wait to get to Sams to stock up on some things. Also, my lovely fiance bought me a card when he and our daughter went to the store today. It was very sweet =) I'm really grateful to have him because even though I'm being really hesitant to be dramatic and say I have depression, he's not brushing it off and is encouraging me to talk to someone so we make sure we can work through whatever it is. 

post #212 of 1405
I havent popped on here for a while, but things are going well. Spring has arrived so hopefully the electric bill will go down. Thanks to yard sales I am nearly done with gift buying for birthdays and even some christmas. I got my barefoot books order and added it to the gift box. I haven't gotten the computer yet but we have been reading a lot of free ebooks thanks to hundredzeros, and I found another grest site aled webuybooks. Its like a library and books are even donated for looking st books.

My mom is also giving us an old vcr so I picked up some disney vhs for the kiddos.

Right now my fingers are sticky from spray adhesive dh got for me from his job. I've been doing some spring redecorating. I have done a focus wall in my living room, created a boarder for the playroom and childrens room, covered the top of an end table, and refinished the top of my kitchen table. All for ten bucks and stuff around the house!
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Oh, and I forgot some of the best news. The children are now insured, for 27 bucks a month. And we have insurance now too! So now hubby is checking his work scheduleso we can take dd to the dentist. Im off o the eye doctor late this month too. Now I just have to look around for a pcp for all of us, and see if my gpwill do my pap smear. None of those things should be an issue, as we have a clinic in town.

Oh, and number one best news, my teeth haven't been bothering me in a week or so!
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happyhats/honor noble(you'll always be happyhats to me), I'm so glad things are well right now!  You sound HAPPY.  That's huge!

 

crunchymonkey, how's that farm program working out with SNAP?  I can't WAIT until our farmer's market opens next month.  My girls were just talking about it yesterday.  "Mama, ya think the breadstick man will remember us again this year?  You think he'll save me some breadsticks? Hey, let's play farmer's market.  I'll be the honeyman.  Come buy my honey sticks."  joy.gif

 

 

 

Well, my check engine light is on.  That's a little scary since my car is 10years old and has over 100K miles on it.  BUT nothing seems to be happening.  Figures.  As soon as I survive Christmas, my washer breaks.  I take care of that last month and this month my check engine light goes on.  UGH.  I can't win.  BUT otherwise things are pretty well.  I registered the little one for Kindergarten.  That means I have to start looking for a job for September since they will all be in full-time school and it makes sense to work again.  But it's a little intimidating because I know we'll lose food stamps and possibly medicaid which we depend on BIG time.  My littlest girl has prescriptions that total $1800 per month plus the doctor's visits and the other two kids.  I want to work and have a life again but I'm terrified that we'll be stuck in the same crappy financial spot just without a safety net.  On the other hand, it would be nice to not have to panic because my oldest brought home a permission slip for a field trip that's gonna cost me $18 that I don't have too.  

 

Gratefuls:

 

-All my seeds are started indoors or out.  My garden should be looking good in a month or two  I can't wait to really dig in with those plants and see some benefits.  

-Kids are out for April vacation this afternoon so it will be nice to spend some relaxing time at home with them instead of being so busy everyday.

-It's nearly Friday and on Friday I get a 24hour break from my kids while they visit with daddy.  I am really burnt out right now and I could really use this time to myself.  Not sure yet how I'm spending it but I'm really looking forward to quiet time.

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Justmama - can you figure out how much you can earn without losing medicaid & SNAP? That's what I did, and I just make sure to keep my earnings under that. 

 

 

As for us, when it rains it pours. Mom got sick at the nursing home, went to the hospital & was getting better when she suddenly had a cardiac arrest. They were able to bring her back after 17 minutes, but she has too much damage & should pass shortly after they disconnect the vent. So tonight we're all going to say bye, and then tomorrow they will disconnect the vent. Is it bad I don't want my dd there when they do it? I know I HATED being in the room when my dad passed at home. Still trying to get in touch with my SIL to see if she wants to come, but I doubt it. 

 

I'm worried about how my dd will take mom's passing - they were extremely close. Mom was the one that held her right after she was born, and raised her right along with me. 

 

Plus without mom, finances will be interesting to say the least. Just hoping medicaid doesn't try to take the house, as we own it jointly. She just got on to medicaid too. 

post #216 of 1405
So....we got denied for the work program and for cash/rent assistance. greensad.gif

We did qualify for 425.00 in food stamps and medical.

One issue.....we need social security cards still for some of the littles. I am so behind and sick of jumping hoops, but it looks like we will STILL not qualify for cash or work program.

800.00 rent and family of 8. We make about 1400.00 a month. Sigh.
post #217 of 1405
Frugalmama: HUGS!!!! I am so sorry about your mom. Healing love and light to you and your family.
post #218 of 1405
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Originally Posted by frugalmama View Post

Justmama - can you figure out how much you can earn without losing medicaid & SNAP? That's what I did, and I just make sure to keep my earnings under that. 


As for us, when it rains it pours. Mom got sick at the nursing home, went to the hospital & was getting better when she suddenly had a cardiac arrest. They were able to bring her back after 17 minutes, but she has too much damage & should pass shortly after they disconnect the vent. So tonight we're all going to say bye, and then tomorrow they will disconnect the vent. Is it bad I don't want my dd there when they do it? I know I HATED being in the room when my dad passed at home. Still trying to get in touch with my SIL to see if she wants to come, but I doubt it. 

I'm worried about how my dd will take mom's passing - they were extremely close. Mom was the one that held her right after she was born, and raised her right along with me. 

Plus without mom, finances will be interesting to say the least. Just hoping medicaid doesn't try to take the house, as we own it jointly. She just got on to medicaid too. 
I missed your post before. I am so very sorry. greensad.gif hug Praying for your family.
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Prayers for you, frugalmama. I hate ghag you have to even think about finances right now. I can understand you not having dd in the room at her age, my dd is 4 and I don't know what I would do.
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Justmama - can you figure out how much you can earn without losing medicaid & SNAP? That's what I did, and I just make sure to keep my earnings under that. 

 

 

As for us, when it rains it pours. Mom got sick at the nursing home, went to the hospital & was getting better when she suddenly had a cardiac arrest. They were able to bring her back after 17 minutes, but she has too much damage & should pass shortly after they disconnect the vent. So tonight we're all going to say bye, and then tomorrow they will disconnect the vent. Is it bad I don't want my dd there when they do it? I know I HATED being in the room when my dad passed at home. Still trying to get in touch with my SIL to see if she wants to come, but I doubt it. 

 

I'm worried about how my dd will take mom's passing - they were extremely close. Mom was the one that held her right after she was born, and raised her right along with me. 

 

Plus without mom, finances will be interesting to say the least. Just hoping medicaid doesn't try to take the house, as we own it jointly. She just got on to medicaid too. 

hug2.gif  I'm so sorry.  I'm keeping you in my thoughts.  I know things will be really hard for you so just remember we are all here for you.

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Originally Posted by AngelBee View Post

So....we got denied for the work program and for cash/rent assistance. greensad.gif

We did qualify for 425.00 in food stamps and medical.

One issue.....we need social security cards still for some of the littles. I am so behind and sick of jumping hoops, but it looks like we will STILL not qualify for cash or work program.

800.00 rent and family of 8. We make about 1400.00 a month. Sigh.

We don't have as many family members but we make about the same per month and our rent is a little higher.  So I feel your pain.  And actually what we pay for rent each month is considered cheap in my area.  Typical rent for a 2-3 bedroom place here is about 1000.

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