Also it took us hours to get the queen size box spring up the stairs of our house and involved making a hole in the wall to accomodate it. It is actually a pleasant memory for me, though. Just remembering us fighting with that box spring and how happy we were when it finally fit.
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Yikes! Holes in walls are scary! But if we need to do that.. we will consider it. I think I am inclined to build a platform in the room though to eliminate the stress and possibly preserve my marriage. :)
No Big Lots, but there is a Liquidation World nearby- apparently they are somehow connected. I will check it out tomorrow when I am in that area.post #763 of 13748/29/13 at 11:37ampost #764 of 13748/29/13 at 12:30pm
Yes, there is already a hole behind the plumbing to the bathroom sink- it's the base of the stairs, so I suppose one more is just one more, but oh- I will be ready for it to all be done. -_- This house already remodeled thoughwould have been out of our price range. It has new siding/roof/furnace/hw heater though, so the cosmetic stuff I can manage.post #765 of 13748/29/13 at 1:41pmpost #766 of 13748/29/13 at 3:08pmpost #767 of 13748/29/13 at 3:43pm
Good luck, averysmom! And congrats! I didn't have any issue with our box spring, but it was a serta one as well and we went when the box spring was free with mattress. Now we have a platform however, we got it at a yardsale and it enables us under the bed storage. (Our old frame sucked, but that was not through Big Lots. Ashley furniture=boo!)
Getting glasses went well, yay! I get new spiffy glasses in a couple weeks. I also got a bit of one on one time with dh, just an aldi's run and picking out frames, but it was a nice reprieve. I got my eyes dilated, which for the most part I cannot even tell but sometimes my vision feels a bit off, lol.
Just picking up the house. I need a maid! I'm giving myself a day or two break from breakfast from scratch since my sister gave us oatmeal squares. I figure that gives it time for bananas to ripen in this heat and then I can make a double batch of banana bread again. That plus pumpkin oatmeal will get us through the week. I feel like I am always having to think about what I'm cooking next, but what can you do?
RainbowAsylum, even with all the financial crunching and renovating, I must admit I'm envying your life a bit. The extra produce, a home with a root cellar, ahhh dreamy!post #768 of 13748/29/13 at 4:50pm
It's a tradeoff- we are paying a very small monthly payment here, but where my husband works prices are through the roof. As a result, we have to maintain a room there for him for about a year in addition to here. The irony is that his 'room' is going to be more than our house. And oh, the house needs work!post #769 of 13748/29/13 at 7:48pm
I haven't been on here in forever. Lots of stuff happened and no computer access.
So, allow me to re-introduce myself.
I'm a single mom of two, full-time student and work whenever I have the chance. By work, I mainly mean I run flea market booths and sell things online/in person; I also am a chauffer/personal assistant to 1-3 disabled ladies at any time. Between TANF, Student Financial Aid, a Transportation allowance from TANF, and my Utility Allowance from my housing; I have about $16,000 a year. And about $3600 in Food Stamps, so about $18,000 for my family of 3.
Now, on the plus side: I've finally ended it with my ex-husband who was TERRIBLE with money. I was accepted into an amazing program that provides income-based housing for single parent students and I can stay until 6 months after I get my bachelor's. So the great news is that I am definitely going to have housing for at least the next 3.5 years.post #770 of 13748/29/13 at 7:55pm
Thanks for the congrats y'all! I am really not sure how I will pull it all off since my first job is Monday-Friday 830A-430p ( it is on call so some weeks I work every day and some weeks none) then I will be at my second job 5pm-9pm Monday- Friday and 8 hr shifts Sat, Sun. It sucks but I need it at least until next year.post #771 of 13748/30/13 at 1:33pm
Emi, you work like I do. I work 6-7 days a week right now. I have 2 part-time jobs and a near full-time job and I"m starting school next month. It's a crazy busy schedule but it's the only way to pay the bills AND afford school. Tomorrow in fact my day starts at 7am and doesn't end until 9pm. I'll see my kids for about an hour all day. I tell myself it'll all be worth it in the long run but......I'm not sure.
Welcome thatgirliknew. Your school situation sounds AMAZING! Perfect situation for a student.
RainbowAsylum, I'm with happyhats. I envy you your root cellar and your house situation, even if it does need work and love. Those floors are gonna be lovely. SUCH potential in that place.
Got the final bill paid off at the college and signed up for and paid for the pretest for that class. Once I get paid tonight I'll be able to pay rent. I was able to take the baby with me picking grapes in my super secret spot and I have a massive 8lb bag of grapes I need to deal with tonight and turn into jelly. I'm also pet sitting AGAIN this weekend so I went and picked up the little critter. I finally got to the farmer's market today for the first time. All summer I worked and had the kids so I couldn't get there. Finally I got there this morning with the baby and it was really nice. I only had $10 to spend but it was enough for the breadsticks my kids love, some organic tomatoes from my favorite farmers, and a thing of blueberries. I'm gearing up for another full weekend of work. My kids have Monday off school but I still have to work so it'll be a busy one anyway. As soon as I get this baby off with her mama I'm hitting the bank to deposit money, running a check over to my landlord's house and hitting the trails for a nighttime run. I need to decompress.post #772 of 13748/30/13 at 2:50pm
My FS worker loves to be a witch grrr. I dread even sending in my papers anymore because she will send 2-3 notices for little stuff that she already has~! She claims I didn't send in all husbands pay stubs which I did so I sent a letter back about that, now she claims I didn't turn in my July 1st paycheck when I clearly wrote her a letter when I sent it all in saying I didn't have a paycheck for that date because I didn't work. GRRRRR Now, I have to go to my job Tuesday and see if he can look it up for me to verify I for certain didn't receive a check so I can play phone tag with her a million times. It makes me want to get another job just so I don't have to deal with her bs.
Anyways, I have a 3 day weekend so I plan to go find some pants for work, and a new pair or allllll black shoes since mine won't do. Tuesday I have work 830a-430p then paperwork at new job.post #773 of 13748/30/13 at 3:09pm
I ran away without the kids today to pick up a couple things in another town. 4 hours without kids- it was amazing! I even allowed myself the luxury of hitting a drive through on the way home for a sandwich and coffee. I can't afford to do that with all the kids because it sure adds up fast, but for me alone it was only $4.
I found my queen size Japanese floor futon for now- when my Dad visits with his truck I'll worry about the proper bed and mattress, but that won't be for a bit over a month. I figure then, the Japanese futon mattress can be rolled or put in the kids' reading corner for a cozy spot to snuggle. I tripped across a Chinese restaurant going out of business and selling off all their inventory- so I managed to score a real round bottom wok for $5.post #774 of 13748/30/13 at 4:16pm
Is anyone on TANF and in school? Just curious. I learned that my college courses can only count towards work participation for 12 calendar months. After that, I will required to do 20 hours of community service. BUT, to remain in my housing program I have to be a full time student AND in compliance with TANF so I can get childcare. So, after July of next year I will have to go to school full time and work/volunteer 20 hours a week. Anyone live in a state that limits school as a qualifying activity to a year? Since TANF is supposed to be a transitional program, and most jobs that would actually enable you to rise above poverty require a minimum of a two year degree, but often a four year, I would think it should be counted until you at minimum have an associates...post #775 of 13748/30/13 at 5:10pm
thatgirl, can you ask your advisors? Hopefully someone at the school can help. Otherwise talk to tanf about getting childcare during your community hours times or finding somewhere you could volunteer and take the children. I know it's a harder road but it may work out. Maybe you could make connections to help you with your career choice or you could find something that would be enriching for your children.
Slow down, justmama!
Good finds,rainbow! You're making me more envious!
I'm looking forward to a four day weekend with the hubs. Hoping to take the kids to the park, and on Tuesday do the local conservation visitors center. Also grateful that the rain plus a clove of garlic cleared up my sinuses! Whatever I've been allergic to out there seems to have been washed away for now.
While we are broke, broke, broke and late on bills for the next few weeks I'm seeing an end in sight. Please let that be true, lol.
We got a new bank account all set up but no checks out yet. We have to call the bank we have the car loan at to pay over the phone, but unfortunately they won't be open until Tuesday and then there is a chance they will charge us a late fee of some sort since it was due on Monday. Oh well.
My children are being extremely needy today so I'm going to try to get them to relax a bit. Im not very motivated so we'll probably do munchies, leftovers and breakfast for dinner today.post #776 of 13748/30/13 at 6:30pmQuote:Originally Posted by thatgirliknew
Is anyone on TANF and in school? Just curious. I learned that my college courses can only count towards work participation for 12 calendar months. After that, I will required to do 20 hours of community service. BUT, to remain in my housing program I have to be a full time student AND in compliance with TANF so I can get childcare. So, after July of next year I will have to go to school full time and work/volunteer 20 hours a week. Anyone live in a state that limits school as a qualifying activity to a year? Since TANF is supposed to be a transitional program, and most jobs that would actually enable you to rise above poverty require a minimum of a two year degree, but often a four year, I would think it should be counted until you at minimum have an associates...
In my state they do 24months of school as a qualifying activity. After that you are expected to get a job and graduate. End of discussion. But it sounds like your program. Free childcare, $3 per day for transportation, TANF, food stamps, and pell grants for school.post #777 of 13748/30/13 at 7:21pm
Anybody got their foodstamps cut off for no reason?
We've been out since June, and it's really hurting us... My husband is disabled so even before the baby we were getting some, then with the baby we got more and now they cut us off completely saying their didn't get our simplified report (renewal). We re-applied, faxed our info many many times, dh went to the office about 4 times... Impossible to get a hold of the caseworker and when we finally get to talk with somebody, they say they don't understand why were cut off, that all our info is in the computer... That they will get back to us. Then they don't... I've been working extra hours at work but it's still not enough to make up for it... And I've been missing ds... :( I hate feeling like we depend on the government but lord, it's hard without that help! Anyway, just needed to vent!post #778 of 13748/30/13 at 8:21pmpost #779 of 13748/30/13 at 8:37pmpost #780 of 13748/31/13 at 10:20am
CRAZY week at work!!!!!! The heat sure isn't helping...We don't have air at the school I work at so we were all prepping rooms 90 degrees with humidity...
Been trying to think of ways of doing something part time at night while little girl sleeps at home...no kids though...I have special needs preschoolers all day and need my down time...Just something to help with groceries...So I was at GoodWill yesterday and they had some great looking name brand clothes..We have several great used clothes sites on facebook I belong to here that move pretty fast..Stuff sells great...I think I might try my hand at selling childrens used clothes..Maybe sell if for a $1 more than what I pay for it...I didn't buy any yesterday but I do have a good stack of my little ones fall clothing that she won't be wearing to sell...I figure if I can even run between 25$-50$ a week I will be doing great...
I just got my class schedule...Most Fridays from 9am-4:30 October thru May...I am off Fridays so not a problem espessially since the school I work for will pay me my hourly wage to go plus mileage...The class is 40 miles away...So the extra $$ will definitly be welcome...I will have to find some kind of daycare for little girl for after school since the after school program doesn't run on Fridays...Still trying to figure that one out..
Got little girls birthday taken care of...she is going to be happy little lady when she not only opens her new scooter,helmet and handlebar horn...but she will also get to have a few fun extras we weren't planning before...I finally found the gluten free sugar cookie mix I was hunting for to make a sugar cookie cake..She wants it decorated with pink frosting(princess clouds)with white trim...A crown in the middle(for her to wear)and a Disney Princess and her Prince figures in the middle with a #6 candle...I was also able to buy those items...I am so thankfull for all these blessings for her...
I was able to pay all the bills this month except for the rent...I am going through an organization for help this month..I have never had to do this before and hope my appointment on Wednesday goes well...I have to go down and talk to my landlord about it tommorow..I am really nervous about this..He is a really nice guy but like I said I have never been behind on my rent before so it makes me nervous..But he has to fill out a paper for it so there is no way around it....Could use some encouragement in this area...This is hard for me
Thankful today for...
Wonderful friends ONLINE and OFF....
My own apartment and central air..
That I am able to go and stay with my dad for a couple hours so my mom can go have a few hours to herself and unwind.
That my dad asked for a burger and fry from Burger King yesterday and actutally ate a little of it...
That my small garden at my parents is going to give me a little sweet corn this year...(I only got a few tomatos and some cucumbers)..
And for Mothering...a place to go and know I won't be judged or looked down on...
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