Tomorrow is my appointment for financial assistance and I'm so nervous I'm going to be declined. It doesn't help that I suffer from anxiety anyway, but this sudden job loss has kind of put me over the edge. DH is in a specialized field and his industry is down so it's not looking good at all. I can barely express my frustrations at home as I know DH is already quite upset so I don't want to add to it. We're lucky to have lived well below our means and saved diligently this year and can own our home for another 6 months from next month, before the bank steps in and begins foreclosure. I'm praying dh finds a job as the full welfare assistance won't even cover half of our most basic of monthly expenses (mortgage, utilities, groceries). I've already reduced our grocery budget to just over 50% of what it used to be and I don't think there's anymore room for improvement. It's costing us $3.60 to feed each member of our family GF meals every day and I think that's as low as it's going to get. Mortgage is non negotiable and utilities are really the only other area I can try to save in (or see if there is assistance for).
I had a question that I'm hoping a fellow mama can answer: Do your kids know about your financial situation or do you try to shield them from it as much as possible? When DD realized DH lost his job, she burst into tears because she thought that meant we were going to be homeless. My heart just broke for her, but I didn't know what to say other than to reassure her that we would keep our little home no matter what. I debated telling her the truth versus shielding her from the harsh realities of very little income. Thoughts?