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post #581 of 832
Could you go in now and apply, then they will look at last month's income, or did he start the ot last month, also call and ask them about it, they might let you bring in a note fromt eh employer saying his ot is ending, my hubby has been mortified about having to get proof of stuff, or papers filled out from his employer, but it's worth it to get the help.

I'm so sorry you are going through this with your landlord.
post #582 of 832
I called WIC but the ladies that make the intake appt's weren't there. The lady I spoke with was helpful. I didn't ask much about income though. But she said, appt's were already scheduled for two months out. So we may not get in until end of July. Ugh. By then we'll probably be able to stop using it!

I have to call back tomorrow morning and talk to the woman that does intakes I guess.
post #583 of 832
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I called WIC but the ladies that make the intake appt's weren't there. The lady I spoke with was helpful. I didn't ask much about income though. But she said, appt's were already scheduled for two months out. So we may not get in until end of July. Ugh. By then we'll probably be able to stop using it!

I have to call back tomorrow morning and talk to the woman that does intakes I guess.
That is rediculous. They might have appts set aside for new clients, I have never had to wait like that to get in. I hope they can squeeze you in mama.
post #584 of 832
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See, the WIC here gives vouchers for veggies and such from your local farmers market. That's what I'd really want, though they only give you a one time voucher of like $20 or something. But even that would be esp helpful, you know? And I do buy store brand cheese (Tillamook!), which is $6+ for what we prefer to buy (but don't buy lately, lol).
LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY you! Our farmer's market often sells things right out of the "washington state apples" boxes, I dunno how they call it the "farmer's market" but at least it's real food.
We do buy store brand cheese, we just haven't found any that we liked better.

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Wic foods really depends on where you live. ... and ORGANIC milk!! Yup, we get it, it is allowed, and I am SO GRATEFUL. There is no way I could pay 6.50 a gallon for milk.
WOW organic milk! We can't always afford the 6.50 milk either, this month we are just doing without. Thing is we just will not drink the "regular" so getting a voucher for it wouldn't help us out any.

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Could you go in now and apply, then they will look at last month's income
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That is rediculous. They might have appts set aside for new clients, I have never had to wait like that to get in. I hope they can squeeze you in mama.
We had to apply on paper application, then they sent a letter with an appointment for us to come back and bring actual paystubs, etc. Here you can re-apply at any time so it's not like you have to wait to try again.
post #585 of 832
Well, I'd need to take the kids in for weight/iron check, so it's not a quickie appt or anything. They ask us to bring paystubs and a bill (to prove our address), then we have an appt for the kids all in that same appt. It takes about 2 hours. We had it before long ago, but even so, we have to do the same intake appt like everyone else, kwim?

Oh well, if they can get us in SOON, it'll be worth it. Of course, for everything else, we are above the limits. It's just right now that we're hurting, but government offices don't take that into acct (which I sort of understand why).
post #586 of 832
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I'm hoping everyone gets the good things soon!

Yesterday our cat Salem started acting really lethargic. He wasn't eating and just didn't move. Today he didn't come out from underneath the bed all day. I check him out yesterday feeling and looking for bite or scratch marks but felt nothing. I only noticed a small bump on his chest but thought it was from the way he was laying down.

We decided to take him to emergency care (our vet broke his foot and couldn't see him). On the way I noticed the bump was much bigger and figured that was the cause of his symptoms.

We got there and the technician had me hold him so he could look at the bump. He pulled away some matted hair and a huge gush of puss came out. THe bump was the size of a gold ball. It just kept flowing puss and blood- UGH YUCK!

The vet came in and let us know that they would flush it and make sure mothing else was in it and give anti-boitics and an anti-inflammatory. The cost ... 198!!! There was NO way we could pay that. We have about 40 dollars right now.

So they told Mark about this credit card for pets so he applied. AND WE WERE APPROVED!!!!! This will even help our credit score when we pay it off (which will be this pay day). I am so relieved.

Oh and the wound is the size of a pencil eraser. How it happened we do not know. I think he probably landed on a twig of something outside. NEEDLESS to say none of the cats will be going outside ever again!

Time for bed.

PS- this was the second day of my job and I like it. Still learnin the phone systems, but love writing up ads and talking on the phone.
post #587 of 832
PD - Ick. I am sorry, poor kitty. Ours tore her paw open a few months back. No idea how, but she did. $150 later..

I am glad you could get help with paying though, at least with the CC thing that is. Otherwise, I know many vets will tell customers about this - there's a program offered in many states (not sure of the name?) that pays the bill for you, then you pay them back within a year - interest free!
post #588 of 832
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I wish WIC was more into veggies, bread, and real food instead of processed, sugary junk. IMO juice + cereal = cavities; which cost more in the long run.
Here you also get vouchers for the farmer's market in season.

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So they told Mark about this credit card for pets so he applied. AND WE WERE APPROVED!!!!! This will even help our credit score when we pay it off (which will be this pay day). I am so relieved.
That sounds cool, what's it called?

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Here in WA state...
: mamamoo where are you? Where in WA that is...
post #589 of 832
Cr@p, I just got a PG&E bill for $110, it was suppost to be only $50-$70. They took the CARE program away 'cause I didn't send back my recert that I never recieved. I called and there is nothing I can do, but reapply, that could take months to finish up :. I'm sure I'll figure out something, but this just really bugs me, it's completely not my fault, I never got anything, I would have known, we don't get much mail.

Good news is our FS amount got uped, yay!

I don't know how I would feel about a friend sending me cash, I think gifts or gift cards would be more appropiate especially if it came with a sweet card. I do always fallow the "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" or whatever matto. If I can't use what someone has to offer I pass it off to someone else.
post #590 of 832
One thing to do with WIC is to tell them you'll come in if they have any cancellations. Or call another office. I know that there are several offices in my city, and some can have a wait a month out, and some have openings in the next week.

Good luck!
post #591 of 832
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We got there and the technician had me hold him so he could look at the bump. He pulled away some matted hair and a huge gush of puss came out. THe bump was the size of a gold ball. It just kept flowing puss and blood- UGH YUCK!
:Puke

Poor kitty. We have to take Patty (2yo cat) to the vet soon because she's been acting somewhat lethargic and she's been losing weight. Normally she'd be all over me, but for the past week or so, maybe longer, she hasn't wanted anything to do with me and has been hiding out under our mobile home. I don't even want to think about much this visit is going to cost. We also have to get Foxy (8mo kitten) and Frank (almost 2yo Pomeranian) spayed/neutered before we end up with kittens and puppies. All 4 pets are due for their rabies shots. Grrr, this is going to cost me. Our vet lets us make payments, so that helps.

I'm half tempted to walk over to the vet's house (he's my neighbor) and have him look at Patty to get out of paying for a visit, but that seems a little bit wrong don't you think? He's a really nice guy and would do it, but I don't want to take advantage of him.
post #592 of 832
I'm definitely going to ask how to go about getting on some sort of cancellation list for WIC. If I have to call DAILY, I will. It's worth it, even if it just saves us $15 a week ($60 a month!!).

I was worried though. I asked the WIC lady if they'd already given out the farmers market vouchers. She said absolutely not, not until June. The one other time we were on WIC, the other county gave them out in MARCH! Eeps.

Sarah - That sucks! I am sorry. Is there no emergency help for utilities, if you need it?

2sweeties - I don't know. I'd go over and ask the neighbor if he'd mind checking out the kitty just real quick. Part of me wants to tell you to tell him about being low on $, but then part of me says not too.

I checked the mail. We got a $190 bill from the loan company for our van. WHAT? I just paid the full amt due last week. And I specifically looked at the past due column and nothing was in it. And I wrote out the check for a dollar more than what was due (no idea why I did it..). Now they are saying we owe $190 in five days or else.. I am itching for them to open, so I can call and ask wth it's all about. My stomach is upset over this. :/
post #593 of 832
Ubermama, I'm glad you are going to be persistant...I was trying to type a reply last night to suggest asking about taking your name and number in case anyone called to cancel appt's they could give you a call...but I was discovering that I can nak but I can't give a baby a bottle and type at the same time (babysitting )

Hi ho hi ho back off to DSS we go. I'm relieved but ugh what a pita. I predict we will sign in when we get there and then go sit by the TV that is usually on CNN Then, way after our scheduled time, we'll get called into the "processing" room so they can fingerprint us and look at our ID's even though that is already all in the computers - I really hope we don't have to but geesh I think we do...then way after the appointed time we'll get called back and good grief I am not fond of the worker we have for FSs. I wish it worked out that one worker could do everything you needed for you (the heating assist one was awsome) but I can't complain, we've dealt with much worse. Ok I'm just complaining because I couldn't sleep last night and don't want to drag my rear out the door this morning

One fantastic thing is that I already (today sometime) will be filling out the paperwork to be paid by DSS to watch the kids for a friend of ours. Because they base pay on the age of child I should do pretty well (two two month old twins and a two year old) For some reason I was thinking this was a few weeks away yet nope this should happen pretty quickly. This should help out our family soo much that I am just walking on air! Now that we are considering moving, it seems we should definately stay in the same town (and school district for that matter)

Ok I have to get ready and go.

post #594 of 832
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PD - Ick. I am sorry, poor kitty. Ours tore her paw open a few months back. No idea how, but she did. $150 later..

I am glad you could get help with paying though, at least with the CC thing that is. Otherwise, I know many vets will tell customers about this - there's a program offered in many states (not sure of the name?) that pays the bill for you, then you pay them back within a year - interest free!
This is interest free as well. Can't think of the name, but will get the paperwork after taking Kailey to school and post it. The receptionist said when they first started the program no one was getting approved so it's much better now. We have poor credit and I was shocked that we were approved!


I here ya on the WIC thing. Why are such horrid foods being accepte4d but I can't get natural or organic peanut butter? No, it must be packed with sugar.

OY! 7 minutes before we have to leave and I am sitting in only bra and panties. Think the valet lady would mind?
post #595 of 832
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Kytheria- Man, I know that scared feeling and it sometimes overwhelms, doesn’t it? I would be, and I am sure you are, absolutely livid. I hate feeling screwed over and like there is no recourse. You think and are told that if you work hard it will pay off. That’s crap!
I’m hoping the new boss man will see how much of an asset your husband is to the company and I am also hoping that Mark will demonstrate that through the interview- keep your chin up. The hardest thing for me is to NOT worry about things before they happen. I think of every possible scenario – good and bad and I end up driving myself nuts. I’d like to say “find something to keep your mind from it” but that is so much easier to say than do. Just know I have been thinking about you and hoping for only good things for you and your family.

Gendenwitha- Cavities? Oy! When it rains it pours, right? Are there any programs that could help? I don’t have much advice, just hugs 

Jessemomme- I am so there with you on the rent paying. Luckily our landlord is kind and understanding. He once let us go three months without paying rent until we got our tax money. We were so thankful. Right now we are paying at the end of the month when Mark gets his paycheck; we did this last month too. Our lease says to pay by the 10th, and we have been paying about the 28th.

I have had my share of jerk landlords, and I have fought with them as well. Thankfully NC has supportive landlord/tenant laws and I have been able to shove that in their faces. One place I lived at refused to do repairs and also refused to give me the name of the owner of the complex. I called the tax office and found out.

Then I made copies of the NC landlord/tenant laws and highlighted the portions where my landlord was not in compliance with. I sent 6 copies out. There were two partners (lawyers in fact), 2 associates, the landlord, and the manager who each got a copy and letter from me. Shortly the repairs were made and when we moved out before our lease was up we received the full 400 dollar deposit back That’s the way Ms. Teresa rolls.

faerierose – I agree with Thystle and kbecks on this one. Go with your gut. Only you know your relationship with your family and how that may benefit your situation or not. I wish you the best though.

Ruth- DANG IT! I’m really irritated for you. I don’t know what to do either. Well, actually, with us when the credit card company called (from 4 years ago) I told then that we ad no income and no saving and that I do want to clear up my credit but am unable to. She said she understood but that the phone calls would keep coming until I paid. I said I understood and realized they were just doing their job (gag), but it would change my circumstances. She said she would make a not that I called them back in an effort to reconcile. Which was cool. But lately I have been ignoring the phone and letting the machine pick it up

LankyLizards- Unfortunately, as a college student myself, I realize that my education will not ensure me a job or a lifelong career. It does create an opportunity though, so I am sailing on this hope right now. I “hope” my education will be a help, but it may not, ya know? If we are to eliminate poverty, we need to change the way society as a whole values people on an individual level.

Pam- welcome and good luck to your DH on the second p/t job. I understand that stress, and wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Glad you are here 

Ubermama- Hey there mama. Honestly, I would apply for every program available and tell every social worker your story, because they may have suggestions for programs you are unaware of or that are not widely promoted. We qualified for a one time Work First benefit of 800 when Mark lost his job and we had to move. It was even transferred to another county (the one we moved to). Remember the programs are there to be used by those of us who qualify by income, if you don’t use them, the money just sits there). 

Sarah- ain’t that a beeyotch?! That has happened to us more than a few times and it is such a pain. I can’t count the number of times we just pay the past due. It’s like we are able to just keep ourselves afloat. Hugs mama.

Sweet- Yeah I felt really bad for him. His temp was 104.9 so we could not hav just let him sit it out any longer (and it had only been two days). He feels much better today, although hates the meds  He is resting now but came out this morning to talk and eat  my poor babe. And yours too. Goll it’s so hard to watch a loved little animal not get medical care when they need it.

I would go to the vet’s house and just be really apologetic and say you didn’t want to intrude but it’s really important, ya know? And it IS really important. I hope your kitty gets feeling better and gets some help 

LOOK- the credit card we received is called CareCredit. The number is 1-866-846-6991. Give it a try you may qualify. Good luck mama!
post #596 of 832
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oh, and Mark has a teaching interview at a middle school (a NICE middle school) tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #597 of 832
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:Puke

Poor kitty. We have to take Patty (2yo cat) to the vet soon because she's been acting somewhat lethargic and she's been losing weight. Normally she'd be all over me, but for the past week or so, maybe longer, she hasn't wanted anything to do with me and has been hiding out under our mobile home. I don't even want to think about much this visit is going to cost. We also have to get Foxy (8mo kitten) and Frank (almost 2yo Pomeranian) spayed/neutered before we end up with kittens and puppies. All 4 pets are due for their rabies shots. Grrr, this is going to cost me. Our vet lets us make payments, so that helps.

I'm half tempted to walk over to the vet's house (he's my neighbor) and have him look at Patty to get out of paying for a visit, but that seems a little bit wrong don't you think? He's a really nice guy and would do it, but I don't want to take advantage of him.
i would call and say 'hey, i noticed yoru lawn needs mowing/ i'm just about to pop a pie inthe oven/ whatever' and see if you can barter for his services. that's how we get a lot of stuff done for free. most people are thrilled to spend a few minutes doing something that's easy for them in exchange for us doing a chore for them. it's worth asking, anyways.
post #598 of 832
Thank goodness. I called our loan company today and they said the letter stating we owed $190 shouldn't have been sent out. She said we had a credit for $40 to our acct actually (HOW?). I'm still nervous about this, it doesn't sound right.

PD - Good luck to him tomorrow!!

DH is feeling badly. My bday is today and he couldn't get me anything. He's promised to make a cake. I've told him, don't feel bad. But he keeps saying how terrible he feels about it. Sigh!
post #599 of 832
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I don't know how I would feel about a friend sending me cash, I think gifts or gift cards would be more appropiate especially if it came with a sweet card. I do always fallow the "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" or whatever matto. If I can't use what someone has to offer I pass it off to someone else.
I had thought about grocery store gift cards, but when my friend told me what they had to pay (all out of pocket, their insurance doesn't cover maternity) for the upcoming birth, I was astonished. So, I thought cash would be more useful to her - she could buy groceries OR pay the doctor.
post #600 of 832
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My bday is today and he couldn't get me anything. He's promised to make a cake. I've told him, don't feel bad. But he keeps saying how terrible he feels about it. Sigh!
Happy Birthday!!!

My theory on birthdays is that its a day for the people around you to say they are thankful they got to spend the year with you and look forward to spending the next year with you.

I'm not sure when presents got involved...but I'm just as happy with a day filled with Thank You, Mom! and Let Me Help You! and No, No--You Go Sit! I'll Take Care of That.

Those homemade cards and a plate of brownies that I don't have to share are all I need

Anyhow--I hope you had a great day!
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