Please MODS- put this thread back in FYT where it belongs. :
This is the tribe for me.
Both dh and I are disabled, so we live on a very fixed income. We get TANF, WIC, food stamps, and state insurance for all of us. The food stamps is less than 100 a month however, for a family of 5. Its better than nothing, but it doesn't last the month thats for sure. Luckily we have a housing subsidy so we pay only half the rent. Unfortunately that means we live in a rat infested, tropical rat mite
And ya, the landlord refuses to do anything about it. I've posted my "what the hell is biting me" threads in TAO before. Bedbugs were officially ruled out. It is indeed rat mites.
We have one car that isn't very reliable, and though we don't have to get to work.. we do have to pick up my oldest daughter every weekend, and get out to buy food. Cabs around here are highway robbery. In fact, we were so strapped this past month because I had to get our car inspected and re registered. I came up short with money to fix my brakes. A few MDC mamas loaned me enough money to cover the repairs. Another crisis averted.
I am thankful for that. There is literally no one I can lean on for help. No family and no RL friends. The what ifs? can really be scary to think about.
I do have internet access because it is my only link with other people. I have Agoraphobia and Panic disorder which makes socializing difficult. Hell, it makes taking my girls to the playground difficult..
If I wasn't able to have this forum.. I'm not sure what I'd do, but I know my mental health would suffer.
We have a cell phone, but only because we're on a family plan with a relative. I only pay 20 a month, and its my only long distance.
Heaven forbid that two events occur in one month.. this month it was car repairs and Easter. Can you guess which event my family didn't get to do? Yep. No baskets this year. We simply didn't have the money. We are rarely able to get family and friends presents for birthdays, and can never do christmas without taking away from my daughters. Others expect us to come with nothing now, and its a pretty crappy feeling...
Our situation isn't likely to change. In fact, since dh and I got married... it changed for the worse since there is a cap on the amount of disability money 2 disabled couples can have. Its called the "marriage penalty".. fitting name huh?. We lived together for 2 years and it was fine. Get a piece of paper signed and we lost half dh's check. That really hurt us. Enough that I contemplated an annulment.
So anyway.... this tribe is for me. By definition we are well below the poverty line. Our monthly income doesn't even make it on that chart. Yes, there are other that are worse than we are. In fact, 5 years ago when we were homeless we were much worse.. so we consider ourselves lucky that we are were we are now. Once a month government check that isn't enough for everything stinks. It really does. Especially when you aren't getting extras. When you already shop at Goodwill, and never go out to eat. Haven't seen a movie in 6 years. Haven't been on a date with dh in over 5 years. Don't have your children enrolled in any extra classes that they'd like, rarely buy meat or organics because its simply too expensive..... etc... the list goes on.