Finally have a few minutes to post...
s to everyone who's been struggling the past few weeks.
We are doing OK. I did alright on my September goals. I did get enrolled with Career Step. Now I'm just waiting for my pedal & books to arrive so I can really get started with my training. I got 2 of our 3 junkers sold & was able to set aside the $$ for a little emergency fund. I didn't get stuff listed on the TP/DS/TBW/eBay. That's now my priority for October. We did better with eating out. Not as good as we should be doing (which is basically not at ALL) but WAY less than we'd been doing over the summer when DH's was working more hours. That transition from summer pay to fall/school pay always gets me for the first few weeks...
DH got a paid Research Assistant position on campus, which was awesome for the grad school resume, but stinks for the pay. It meant taking a few hours each week from his real job as an IT manager & making less than 1/2 the hourly pay. BUT in the long run this should really help getting into grad school & he really, really, really needs the experience since he's changing fields from computers to ecology.
My Breastfeeding Peer Counselor training starts today. Training is 2 hrs/wk for the next 8 wks & we found out today we don't get paid until the end since they want to make sure we complete the whole training before paying us. The upside is I should get a good check around December/Jan to help with the holidays. The down side is I now need to tweak our budget to replace the $80-$100/mo I'd been figuring into our income.
Have our interview for Food Stamps on Oct 15. Almost have all the documentation together. DH is having a hard time with the idea of us applying for Food Stamps. He's fine with WIC, and HEAP doesn't seem to bother him too much, the state health ins (girls on Medicaid, us on the HMO plan) kind of bugs him but he deals with it. Food Stamps though really makes him feel bad. I think it's because if he was working FT instead of going to school we actually wouldn't NEED any of those subsidies. He makes pretty good pay, but he's miserable in his jobs & after he gets his MS he should be making significantly better pay in a field that really fufills him. I really look at it as (1) He works & we do pay taxes, so it's not like we're not "paying" for it. (2) The system was put into place to help people who are trying to better themselves. (3) In the long run, the govt will benefit from DH's schooling as he earns more money & pays higher taxes, has more purchasing power, etc. Anyway, I'm hoping he'll change the way he feels because I'd feel bad getting food stamps if it made him feel bad. At the same time money is *so* tight, it will just give us a little breathing room you know? Cross your fingers & say a prayer!
OK...sheesh...this got a lot longer than I expected!
Have a good night everyone!