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post #121 of 315

taking it in and happy to be here

I like the new name of the thread...lower income or 'income-challanged' !

Let's see, things that I am grateful for are:

Happy and healthy kids (which is good because we've got no insurance!

A partner who is hangin in there in spite of the fact that we're broke and he's disabled, at home, depressed and in the house all the time!

Having 3 jobs at a time when some have none!

My family rocks and supports us like we support them!

The ability to just keep swimming.....
post #122 of 315
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Originally Posted by LankyLizards View Post
About the work-study- Maybe that's if it wasn't already added on when your Fafsa results were calculated? If you look at my breakdown of financial aid it lists the amounts I will get from Pell grants, the scholarship I got from the college itself, the loans, and work study- and all of them have a seperate amount next to them. I did work study last year at a different school and never had a problem with that either. So, maybe it has to do with the Fafsa? I don't know. Thanks for the heads-up though!
Yep that is how it works and if you did not do work study and have not maxed out your student loan amount you can take the difference in a student loan.
post #123 of 315
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Originally Posted by Belleweather View Post
DH just let me know that our account is down to $680, and our rent check is going to bounce. This, after discovering last night that our washing machine is dead (and we cloth diaper and of course have a gigantic hamper full of icky diapers that we can't wash at any laundromat in town...), AND after getting through my first stressful week at my new job. We'd been planning on going out for dessert to celebrate, but that's not an option. Instead, I'm trying to figure out what we can do for food over the next week with what is in our pantry and $10 cash, and DH is begging his parents to help us buy a new-used washer ASAP so the baby doesn't have to pee on the floor.

I'm beating myself up because I feel like we're irresponsible since I'm making WAY more money that we'd planned on my pulling in, and we're still broke. DH helpfully pointed out that although I'm earning good money I haven't seen a cent of it yet, so it's not that we're irresponsible about spending -- we've just started 3 new jobs between the two of us in the last month and we're waiting for cash to catch up. And, between the car repairs last month and the washer this month, we just need things to stop #&$%& breaking now!!

I hate this.

HUGS I hope things gets better for you.
post #124 of 315
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Originally Posted by imahappymama View Post

My family rocks and supports us like we support them!
That is a wonderful and priceless blessing.
post #125 of 315
Thanks for the support guys no word yet, everytime he leaves for work, i fear he will be home within an hour because he got fired.
post #126 of 315
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Originally Posted by wonderwahine View Post
just when I thought things were going good, dh might get fired I think hes been set up at work, and now he might get fired because of it
I am so sorry to hear that....Does he have any proof of it?
post #127 of 315
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I am so sorry to hear that....Does he have any proof of it?
no, but if they do fire him, he is going to insist on seeing video tapes of exactly where the money went.
post #128 of 315
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Thanks for the support guys no word yet, everytime he leaves for work, i fear he will be home within an hour because he got fired.
Oh no. Waiting for the shoe to drop must make a sucky situation even more sucky. I'll be crossing my fingers and thinking good thoughts for your DH and your family.

*

Oh my god... DH FIXED our washer! DH never fixes ANYTHING... he just breaks stuff! But seriously, the problem was that the basket had become unseated and was letting all the water leak out. So he took it out and reseated it (after much researching on the internet), and lo and behold! I'm totally giddy with happiness!
post #129 of 315
Go Mr.Belleweather!! That's so awesome! What a relief it must be to you, too....No more dirty, icky diapers!

Today was my little dd's 2nd birthday! We had a really fun time. My aunt let us have a little family party at her house and dd's two cousins were there, who she loves. She got so many presents it was a little overwhelming. It's going to be really hard to keep them all and not return them for money to pay the bills....It was just a really great day, though. I'm feeling pretty good. However, tomorrow is Monday, which means another week of day care tuition is due.....:

Have you guys heard of National Museum Day? It's Sept. 29th adn I guess a lot of museums around the country are participating and will actually give free admission. If not, you can go to Smithsonian.com and print out an admission pass for you and a guest. It seems like a really good thing, as long as all of the museums aren't completely packed. One of the worst things about being poor is not getting to do fun stuff with your kids, IMO. I'm planning on taking dd to a children's museum nearby.
post #130 of 315
go mr.belleweather!!

I want to take ds to a museam, but with all his sensory issues i get scared he will freak out and break something.
post #131 of 315
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go mr.belleweather!!

I want to take ds to a museam, but with all his sensory issues i get scared he will freak out and break something.
How about aquariums? Are those bad for your ds? I saw some of those on the list at the Smithsonian's site. The Children's Museum I think me and dd will go to is like a little town for kids to walk around and go to the tiny bank and tiny grocery store.
post #132 of 315
ifchildrens museasm and aquariums are included, that would be cool. Theres a childrens museam 2 towns over, and of course theres the shedd aquarium in chicago.
post #133 of 315
nothing in IL i could take ds to. they have free days sometimes, we are going to try go on those days
post #134 of 315
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Originally Posted by wonderwahine View Post
no, but if they do fire him, he is going to insist on seeing video tapes of exactly where the money went.
Good for your husband! I'd also get something in writing from them, saying the company is going to fight an unemployment claim
post #135 of 315
I'm once again joining the ranks of students... I'm starting with Career Step this week. I hope this goes better than college, especially since it's my pennies paying for it! But I think I'll be fine.

And the oil bill still looms... But that will be ok too. Found out I've already saved enough for it.
post #136 of 315
to you, wonderwahine!!!

Belleweather, I'm glad your washer is fixed!
post #137 of 315
Happy bday to your DD, LankyLizards!
post #138 of 315
Yay for all the good news! Washers and birthdays and school, oh my!
post #139 of 315
what is career steps?
post #140 of 315
What great mail to wake up to. First, I find out this week that my oil company screwed up again and hasn't been billing me right because of another one of their mistakes. So my $20 a month just have gas/oil for our hot water heater is a fluke. That is their service charge for just being a customer.

So the lady said I should be getting a bill soon for several hundred dollars to make up for it, and that they are sending out someone again today to see how the last person screwed up labeling our meter.

And then I get a bill in the mail from the hospital. Apparently medicaid has been denying my claims for all my OB appts, cardiologist, endocrinologist, u/s, MFM, everything since beginning of August. So you can imagine the bill I got. I called Allkids here (our medicaid) and they said there's no reason and they wouldn't deny me and the hospital screwed up, so I am praying right now that they freaking fix this.

If they don't, I don't know what I'm going to do. I have been spending literally hours every night not sleeping, trying to crunch numbers and figure out a way we can survive...and I can't fix it. We still always fall short. It's almost worth starting school again to get student loans deferred, but I would have to get more loans to stay in school and pay tuition for the school I want, and dh's college already started weeks ago, so I couldn't take classes there...

I think I'm going to have to knit some soakers and longies up to sell/trade for xmas presents and baby necessities. Other than dipes and mama pads when this co-op comes in and some clothes my MIL is bringing me this week, I have nothing. Hopefully I have enough yarn to knit up to trade and that will work, because it's the only way. And all my checks/debits are about to bounch, b/c dh only got one paycheck last month and it's catching up to us. I just don't know what the heck to do.

I think the worst thing is that when dd#1 was born, I was 17, a basically single mother, and I lived with my druggie mom. With ds, I was homeless some of the time, things were really bad, but I was still optimistic most of the time and really working on making a life for us. With dd#2, I got married to dh (a great man, no matter how much I complain about him), we had an awesome huge beautiful house on ~2 acres in a small town, he was teaching, money was tight, but life was good. And now we are in this huge, dangerous freaking city, I am afraid to go outside, we have no yard (I am very claustrophobic), the dog won't stop puking, I'm unexpectedly pg, we are completely unprepared living in what I can say is quite literally a slum and hell hole. It seems like we did so good, and now we are so screwed. Like a huge step back. We haven't been this broke and bad off for almost 5 years.

I got a call back from the newspaper asking if I still wanted to deliver. He said one just opened up in a safer neighborhood just east of here. I refuse to deliver here because it's unsafe. It's only ~$50 a week or month (unsure), but it's something that might help. Now I have to figure out how our insurance is going to freak out about that. It's already excruciatingly high since we moved here and due next month...

Sorry about the long ramble. Not so good of a mood.
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