Maggie, that sucks so bad! Is Robbie going to job hunt, or just stick it out for a while?
I'm joining, if that's allowed! I'm Kelly, married to Damian (3.5 years!) and mom to Isabel (2 y.o.) I work fulltime 3rd shift at a hotel, and Damian works fulltime (now that schools out) as a translator and a cordinator for interpreters for a local non profit agency. He is fluent in Spanish thanks to a church mission. He also is a fulltime student getting a degree in Spanish with a minor in Elementary Education. He either plans on being a teacher, or a professional Translator/Interpretor.
I work b/c I have to. We do "own" our home but it is a major fixer upper that needs thousands of dollars of work, which we can't afford. We're actually considering selling and going back to an apartment to save money! We have 2 cars, both 12 years old, both paid for from before we were even married. They seem to take turns being broken, and since we both have 15 mile commutes one way to work, we can't afford to downsize to one and risk being stranded. Dh and I don't have health insurance, dd has Medicaid, we're on WIC. We rarely go clothes shopping, and both our parents help out considerably by buying all of us clothes sometimes. I do laundry at work to save money (and time!).
With gas prices being $3.50 a gallon, I can barely afford to drive to work! We work opposing shift to save on daycare.
Our dd is loved, feed, sheltered, and happy. We have perfected the art of bill floating. We're normally at least 2 weeks late with our bills, but have been able to avoid utilities being shutoff for the most part. Our gas was shut off after Isabel was born, we had to borrow money to get it turned on, but we've been doing better since.
I'm looking forward to Farmers Markets! Produce is so expensive, so hopefully we'll be able to get some good stuff there.
All in all, we're thankful. Michigan has one of the worst economies in the country, and one of the highest unemployement rates. We're grateful we're employeed and are able to have what we do.
Although, I'm always looking for tips on how to get a lttle bit better, so I'm super excited for this thread! I'll have to try unpluging everthing at night/when not in use. That sounds easy and doable!