Thought I would start a new thread. The other one was getting huge and we are close to the new year away.
Please remember SUPPORT ONLY, NO FLAMING.
Happy New Year - a few days early!
:) Happy New Year everyone - hope 2014 is a better year.
Hoping our SNAP is approved by the new year but not holding my breath. I'm guessing it will be closer to the end of January & we'll get back benefits. I applied on the 10th, phone interview on the 13th, and got the last of the paperwork in the 23rd as it took them a week to get me the form I needed to sign. I'm drawing a total blank right now - I know it's 30/45 days to process but which date does that start on? Spent last night meal planning for the month to stretch what we have. We'll probably go to the good food pantry I found & try to get some perishables & bread items to stretch with.
~Heat! With two heaters plus the oven now we can actually keep the house fairly decently warm!
~Food enough to coast a month without SNAP, though we'll be sick of chicken by the end of the month
~A happy dd who STILL hasn't stopped playing with her presents
~I got my new credit card today - while I hate using it, it hopefully will allow me to coast some larger purchases for income making.
Happy New Year!!!! Here is hoping 2014 will be wonderful for everyone!!!
The snow and ice are finally slowing down a little...it has been crazy here anyways...
Heat!!! We have been getting some wind chill and it has been super cold..
Time off ...so I can spend time and help out with my dad..
Beefy Rotini soup(hamburger soup)...Made a big pot of it and it is so good and my dad ate about 1/4 cup...1st thing he has eaten in 3 days...I told him I would make him all he wanted...
Hoping our SNAP is approved by the new year but not holding my breath. I'm guessing it will be closer to the end of January & we'll get back benefits. I applied on the 10th, phone interview on the 13th, and got the last of the paperwork in the 23rd as it took them a week to get me the form I needed to sign. I'm drawing a total blank right now - I know it's 30/45 days to process but which date does that start on?
Frugal mama, IIRC, I applied in early July, got approved at the end of the month/early August, but received benefits starting from when I applied-so when I got my card in August, it had July & August on there. It was a really great feeling to be able to do a big stock up with that extra money, since our cabinets had been pretty bare bones for a while! I don't know if it is the same in all states, but I'll cross my fingers for you!
Happy New Year everyone!
I'd like to be more active here as well-I popped on sporadically last year, but I don't think my income is magically going to get that much higher any time soon :)
For those who don't know me, I'm a single, WAH mama of 2-very low income, but making it work. I actually make enough per month (plus child support and assistance) to pay all my bills and live fairly well, but I'm behind on just about everything, which makes each month tough. I should get a decent amount back on my taxes, which I am really really really hoping will get me caught up so that I can get out of this cycle.
-I am finally caught up on one credit card, which means less phone calls a month asking for money. Not much available credit yet, but that will be my emergency card once I get it paid down a bit more (hopefully at tax time).
-My house is nice and warm, we have plenty of food, the kids had a lovely Christmas. I didn't get them much, but they loved what I did get, and they got spoiled by the rest of the family.
-I have a job, even when it stresses me out, that allows me to be home with my kids and homeschool, even as a single mom. I am so very grateful for this and need to work harder to show my bosses I am not just skating by!
Happy New year, my friends!
I will be starting out the new year with the best xmas present imaginable (at least for me!). As per my request, my Mom and siblings chipped in to get me 3 nights at a hotel at the beach, about 50 miles away. ElderSon is 32 years old, and I still have teens at home. This means in practical terms, that I have not been alone overnight for over 3 decades. Longer, if you count that I have never really lived alone; roommates, husbands, partners after my parents' home.
The hotel will not be fancy or luxurious. I don't mind that the winter beach weather will be less than ideal. I want to walk on the sand and listen to the surf. I want to bring a pile of books, a bag of yarn to knit, a pad of paper for writing, and NO PHONE. I don't need cable TV or WiFi. I want to be alone with my thoughts, no interruptions, no one needing me. I want to see how late I naturally sleep in, if no job, baby, child, parrot, or puppy wakes me. I want to eat what I want, without accommodating everyone else's tastes. I am thinking lots of different cheese and crackers, topped with tomatoes or bell peppers, veggies with ranch dip or hummus, like that. A variety of teas, with milk and honey. Maybe a bottle of red wine.
3 nights, with 2 full days, of alone. I haven't booked it yet, because I just had a job interview, and I am waiting to hear, one way or the other. It would be for a second, part-time job, but I guess I can't start out demanding a vacation.
I know I will come home to all the same worries, bills, and stresses. But this sounds like the ultimate get-away for me. I am so excited!
Hi all! I haven't been on this thread before, haven't been on mothering much this year. I am a psuedo-married mom of 2. I have a mental health disability and so does my hubby, but we are both doing well. I have had SSD for almost 7 years, hubby is waiting for appeal hearing. We live on my SSD and both get foodstamps, so pretty frugal.
I had a heck of a year but it turned around this fall and I have had wonderful holidays this year. I started a new med and I was able to make handmade gifts for everyone instead of just my smiling face for the first time in several years.
I am 3 months from finishing a Greenpath debt plan, and I will be officially out of long term debt, just my small card I use to buy stuff online and it has a emergency vet bill on it.
My babies are just so incredibly wonderful and growing so fast into the wonderful people I had hoped for them to be. My DD is 14 an my son will be 12 in January.
Tom and I are still mushy in love after 5 years, pretty awesome and I never thought it was possible to retain those feelings long term.
Sounds like everyone is doing what they have to do to get by. Welcome to Harrietsmama and a big hug to all of the quieter gals who popped in to say hello. Don't stay away so long next time.
Littlest one was generous enough to share her cold with middle one and myself and their dad. Thanks sweetie!!!! That kinda sucks but I'm making it through. Some knitting, some netflix, and a lot of rummaged from the fridge type meals. I have to go car shopping tomorrow. Not looking forward to it. I just cannot stop worrying about how to afford a new vehicle. My current car won't make it through another New England winter though. I was able to get a few things from my neighbor when she moved out. Some coffee, a nice space heater to keep my oldest girl warm in her basement room, a nice little shelving unit for my plants, etc. It's the little things in life really. I'm on my last pair of contact lenses. One of them had a tear this morning when I went to put them in so I had to bust open the last ones. That's another big expense coming up. I was doing so well financially for a while. Ah well, it was good while it lasted.
Hi everyone! I am having an issue and I'm hoping y'all might have some insight...
The kids and I have moved in with my parents. The tentative plan was for us to stay here until I graduate in 2017. My mom watches the kids while I'm in school and I spend a LOT of time doing homework and crap. STBX left us so I'm just trying to get a degree in accounting so that I can support the kids.
Problem is that my parents act like they don't want us here. They would never say anything outright but that's what I gather from the little things they say.
I have offered to get into government housing but my mom says she wouldn't be able to watch the kids for me so I'd have to get a job to pay for childcare while taking 16-21 hours a semester. It just wouldn't work.
I feel so stuck. Today my dad implied that I should keep the whole house clean as my "rent". When am I supposed to find time to be a single, home schooling, student, mother of 3 and also clean up after 6 people?? I've offered other ways to compensate them but they're not too interested. My dad asked me today when I'm going to start getting child support so I wonder if they're going to kick us out...
I am so tierd...I got my electric bill shutoff notice for the day after tommorow in the mail...I had taken my bill to an agency because I have been laid off most of the month..I don't go back to work till next week and don't even call into unemployment till the end of the week.The agency had called me the week before last asking for 1 more check stub and I took it in that day and they told me everything was taken care of..But obviously something went wrong and I can't call them because they are closed till Monday
I am panicking just a little that they will shut it off before I can get ahold of them to ask for an extention till I can find out or at least try and scrape up the $$(which is pretty slim since rent is due tommorow)..
I have been staying at my parents the last 2 weeks because Dad came home with hospice and mom can't do it all alone..Today we were told it will be tonight or even into tommorow when it happens..Dad doesn't hardly respond to us anymore... I don't want him to suffer and be in pain from the cancer anymore but I am not ready for him to go...
I just need prayers and energy to get through this rough time and hopefully a little understanding from the electric company...it is below 0 out there..Thanks for listening...
Oh Mylie, I'm so sorry. I hope your Dad passes peacefully as possible. Cancer is a horrible horrible way to go.
micah_mae, have you looked into daycare assistance? I don't remember. But it sounds like a tough situation living with your parents. I remember how much I hated it when I did it so many years ago. And section 8 is likely to be a long waiting list so I would actually go and put my name on the list NOW to get in next year if I were you. That will help you not be so dependent on them and give you and "out" if you need it soon. It doesn't sound like it will be a long-term solution for you to live with them if it's already not going well. And you know this is temporary anyway. You will get your degree and be able to make more money. It won't be a lot but....it will be more than being a full-time student. Unfortunately I think you have to make some compromises on how you want to do things. I know you want to homeschool but you may need to use daycare and homeschool while you are all home. Maybe if you are living in section 8 housing you will be able to bring the kids to your mom when you go to school in the morning and it won't be as tough as she thinks it will.
Feeling a bit downtrodden today. I think it's a combo of being sick and having no money and feeling stuck. My kids have been constantly fighting for the last 3 days. Thankfully tomorrow is the last day of their Christmas vacation so life will be back to normal but honestly, I am tired of seeing them. Bad mama. My house is disorgani*ed, I haven't been cooking so there's no food, my bank acct is empty, and I'm tired of being poor. Winter is so crappy here. It's dark, it's cold, etc. And my kitchen ceiling is leaking and my roof is leaking and my oven is broken. It's just everything all at once that feels crappy. I can't pull myself out of it. :(
We L-O-V-E the Goodwill Outlet here! Everything (a few exceptions) is priced by the pound, and you can come home with some amazing deals. The books are overpriced in my opinion, but otherwise, it is great. They have huge bins, filled with leftovers from the stores. Clothing, household goods, electronics, whatever. Some things will be dirty, torn, or otherwise yucky. But in between, you never know what you may find. I have seen nice couches for $20. Bicycles for $5. I just got a large, new, fabric purse, a bra (new, with the tags still on from Macy's) and a coffee mug for 97 cents. Some people wear gloves or bring hand-saniti*zer. It's that kind of place.
Had to spend some $$ for household repairs over the past 2 days.
new toilet seat
new air filter
new weatherstripping for the front door
Literally less than $40 but still...
Still need to get new screens for the patio (2) of those
a new ceiling fan for the master bedroom and find someone to install
and possibly a new dishwasher and stove (depending on the scratch and dent place prices)
For furniture we need 2 more storage things for the living room and 2 end tables plus shelves for the 'coat' closet to make it a pantry.
Its a short list but $$ is non existent. I've been selling a bit of crochet stuffs on the side and hiding $$ away.
Sounds like the IRS refund check is allocated huh?? I'm not in a rush, things will get done, slowly. Now that I know the lease can renew annually I'm more apt to fix things to my liking. (the landlord wont fix a thing)
I'm tracking spending/saving in another thread. SHould be intersting if i can keep up.
Ugh. New battery and a rebuilt cord for the block heater today took a chunk of my allocated food budget, but it's ok. My husband took the van with him to work, so I am car-less for a couple weeks, but it will be ok. I live in a great community and can grab a ride if I need anything.
We are looking hard at taking on a HUGE financial obligation this year, so while things are looking up financially, it will all be allocated to the expense. However, it would mean being mortgage free in about a year, and having a nice efficient house not always waiting for the next repair (or challenge to heat. There is an inch of ice on the inside of over half my windows here.) It means a huge chunk of money coming to us in the next couple months is gone as soon as we get it, but I feel like the end payoff would be worth it. We'll just have to live on a super tight budget for one more year. Oddly though, on paper our income will look fabulous. -_-
Hello. I am new to this group.
Mama of 3 boys. Married to a wonderful man for 6 years. DH was in a semi accident where is was thrown thru the windshield and is now fighting to get SSI. I am the only one working but I have injured my foot so now I am out of work for 3 weeks. We get SNAP so that helps immensely. Everything else runs tight. I get just enough hours to cover rent and the utilities. Things have been stressful lately but hopefully 2014 will be better.