Originally Posted by secondseconds
I would be careful about using the word "poverty". Having to stretch sometimes beyond our means to pay our bills isn't the same as living in poverty.
If you really wanted to, you could adjust your schedules to get down to one car. If it means some of you have to get up much earlier, so be it, if the money is really needed. I would also cut off the mobile phones. Believe it or not, people did get by before we had mobile phones, even with vehicles that didn't always run. I would also either cut off the net connection (and cable, if you have it) and if needed, sign up for one of those cheapie dial up connections, which these days are less than $10 per month.
You also have 3 cats--food, litter, and vet bills aren't cheap. Maybe this time in your lives is not the best to have 3 extra mouths to feed.
Most definitely we are living in poverty. Though with his new teaching position we should be doing fine. Perhaps we will get out of our rough spots soon.
We aren't using our cell phones. And being without familiy or friends who could help if the car broke down, like he's did two weeks ago, means a cell phone gets us in contact with each other- the only people we have to rely on EACH other.
Cats are for life, sorry, but they aren't disposable when things get tough.
We have internet because we need it for planning and studies. I am not on campus at times I can use it.
The program I am in has certain classes for certain semesters, it's not a pick and choose curriculum.
Are cupboards are not bare, we have gas in our cars, and a roof over our heads. I guess I should just shut up then
This is why I had this in FYT and not on a general board. I should have to justify my fears or income or expenses. I know we are not going over the top in spending.
I am afraid about the coming months. What if I can't find a job? What if Mark gets to depressed to find a job? What if he doesn't get a good refernece from the high school?
This is our life here not some game that you can tweak the dice on and get a good roll.
We are doing what we can, right now.
And I am so very tired of the high and mightiness of some of the responses here. Good grief. We can't all live in luxurious houses now can we?
I understand our situation will not be forever, but right now while we are trying to make it better, it sucks.