I, too, am financially challenged (and that's putting a positive spin on the situation
I'm a single mom with three kids. I could have the older two in school and get help with daycare costs for the little one, but homeschooling was really important to us, so I stay home instead. I live off of child support and student loans - too bad they have to be paid back! I'm also thinkinga bout starting up my own business that I know could do well, long term, but starting it up is the part I'm not so sure about.
Right now I'm trying to pay off my debt. When my X moved out he left me with a phone bill of over $600, an electric bill of over $900 and a credit card bill of over $1000...not to mention smaller bills here and there. He insisted on doing the finances, and I naively didn't pursue it because it caused too much friction. I had no idea that we were so behind. Then to add to it all my electric bill this winter was over $400 a month! And I swear the warmest it ever got in my house was 65 degrees. Most of the time it was only about 60. So now I have that to pay off too, and by the time it's paid off it will be winter again
But that's ok. I've decided that we're GOING TO move this summer. I was lucky and heard about a nice house outside of town...pretty much my dream rental, before they'd even decided to rent. A couple bought the house for their ds and his family to move into, fixed it all up really nice...and then his dw decided it was too close. Its got three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen big enough to eat in and a dining room that we'll probably use as a playroom...and a fire place in the living room. It's got a nice size yard with a little pond, it's well water (not that nasty chlorinated town water) and there are a couple of homeschoolers in the neighborhood. It's really well insulated has terrific natural lighting and propane heat. I'm totally psyched.
I want it, and they want to rent it to me, but...I get help with my rent. I totally hate it, but even if I sent all the kids to school/daycare I couldn't do it on my own. They have to inspect it to tell if it's safe and sanitary, and I'm nervous about the inspection because in one of the bedrooms the window is kinda small. Big enough that the kids or I could get through it, but I'm so worried they'll say it's too small and it's a fire hazard or something ridiculous like that. So thoughts, prayers, wishes, crossed fingers and/or good vibes would be appreciated. The inspection should be sometime next week.
Oh...I haven't read the whole thread yet, but about the granola - I think at my hfs it's like $5.99/lb. I just make my own. It's super easy, much cheaper, and I think it tastes better