or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › March Low Income Mamas Support Thread
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

March Low Income Mamas Support Thread - Page 10

post #181 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by CherylE View Post
saying hi on this thread....I'm a single mom now to my five kids, I was working but my ex-inlaws couldn't handle watching my kids, so now I'm living on child support, child tax benefit and I did manage to get subsidzed housing - but things are very tight. It's been a tough month...
it'll get easier. I'm sure of it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ediesmom View Post
good morning mamas!


welcome cheryl.....

i have a huge paper due on thursday so i think i'll be scarse around here i really hate writing papers....i think i'll try to stay at school where there are no dogs bugging me

i have spring fever so bad......

anyway, have a good day mamas....wish me luck on this paper...
Good luck mama! How is your pain today?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aura_Kitten View Post
Good morning mamas.

s and welcome to Cheryl. ... being a single mama sucks at times but is also so wonderful so much of the time. But I'm sorry for your hardship.


Everyone else ...



I'm feeling miserable today ... woke up shaking and sore and feeling reaaly dizzy for some reason ... walked my ds to school but almost collapsed. I keep having chills. Blah. : I'm so exhausted.
I hope you feel better soon! Did you eat anything?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nature View Post
While Ivy was in school, dh and I took the other two out for a walk in our new (to us) stroller. They loved it so much they fell asleep and are still sleeping! They're sitting in the sun next to the sliding glass window in the kitchen snoozing away. And we had a gorgeous walk. So nice out that I wore a hoodie unzipped! It was very muddy though. The air is so nice, and the sun.... it was good to get outside. I've been stuck inside far too long and I've got spring fever badly!

Ivy had her first school pictures done the other day and I just got them back. Course they send the whole thing to you and make you send the ones you "don't want" back. I want them all!! But I don't have the $70 for them all yanno?? LOL Her picture came out so cute though. I'm so proud of her. We worked really hard preparing her for picture day so she wouldn't be too freaked out. I'll have to find $12 dollars somewhere so I can buy at least one of them for the wall.
How fun! I need a stroller for the baby at some point, but have to get a carseat first. She is getting so big, I am ready to move her up to a covertable.

I know what you mean about pics! We just got a picture thing sent home yesterday and I have to send in money for each kid for a class pic on Thursday. Jeeze, could they give me a little notice?
post #182 of 402
DS got approved for medicaid.
Hurray!
Now to look into catastrophe for me!
post #183 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nature View Post
We worked really hard preparing her for picture day so she wouldn't be too freaked out. I'll have to find $12 dollars somewhere so I can buy at least one of them for the wall.
If you have a digital camera you can put the picture on the wall and take a picture of the picture so that all that shows up in the frame is the picture. Then you can have it printed without the watermark showing up.
post #184 of 402
thanks for the welcome and encouragement...

I'm struggling with the cheap, bad for you food problem myself. Definately seems cheaper to do the ramen noodles, cheap mac and cheese type meals. I did find out that there is a harvest box program once a month $8 for a rubbermaid tote of produce (you bring bags and pick up) so I've signed up for 2 of those a month for the next 2 months...I know people feel better with more healthy food/produce...just like this month - I'm out of $ until friday and out of everything fresh and most canned/frozen fruit and veggies as well...got to plan better. I'm sure my kids acting insane is b/c of the junk we're eating.

good luck to the mamas in school and hope people who are sick feel better soon...
post #185 of 402
Nature, I'm glad to hear the walk went well. And about school pictures ~ that's what I love my scanner for. Unfortunately soon after my ds's first set of school photos they stopped sending the proofs home (probably because nobody was buying them when they could just scan a hi-res version and send them back )...

matey, congrats on medicaid

ediesmom what is the paper on / about?

mamamoo did you mean, did I eat anything this morning or, did I eat anything that would have caused that reaction? ~ Because I don't know what I could have eaten last night that would have done that to me this morning.... I made fried turkey meatball things for dinner, with home-made bbq sauce, and whole-grain cornbread. After I dragged myself out of bed this morning I drank a TON of water and felt better... then had a whole-wheat muffin.

Now to be honest I'm chain-scarfing baked goods to numb my depression (over my dd, and my sister. )


Cheryl ~ Don't feel bad for canned and frozen fruit and veg, it's better than NO veg.

On the food thing ~~ my store is currently running a sale... fifteen cents for a package of ramen noodles. ... PLUS they have ripe bananas (as in not the rock hard green ones ) for only 29 cents a lb. !!! That's over 50% off what it normally is. I got a bunch two days ago, made a batch of banana muffins, and got more today for banana bread. I'll probably also freeze some. This is such an incredible deal. And the ramen noodles... man. You can't beat 15 cents a pack. Unless it's 10 cents a pack, which they sometimes do too.

ETA: also my back is killing me now ... my dad totalled the front end of his car this afternoon... he was driving me up to the clinic w/ my dd and I broke the news to him about my sister's malignancy (she had surgery for it last night, and is going in again tomorrow to have the cancer in her cervix removed) and he promptly ran the car into a pole. Thank God none of us were seriously hurt but my back and legs have been having severe muscle spasms since then.
post #186 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by CherylE View Post
thanks for the welcome and encouragement...

I'm struggling with the cheap, bad for you food problem myself. Definately seems cheaper to do the ramen noodles, cheap mac and cheese type meals. I did find out that there is a harvest box program once a month $8 for a rubbermaid tote of produce (you bring bags and pick up) so I've signed up for 2 of those a month for the next 2 months...I know people feel better with more healthy food/produce...just like this month - I'm out of $ until friday and out of everything fresh and most canned/frozen fruit and veggies as well...got to plan better. I'm sure my kids acting insane is b/c of the junk we're eating.

good luck to the mamas in school and hope people who are sick feel better soon...

In most cases frozen has more nutrients in it then fresh as they are flashed frozen in the fields or later that day at the cannery. Fresh has to be shipped to your grocer loosing vitamins etc.
post #187 of 402
Thread Starter 
ahhhhh.... the paper

well, we had some choices, but i chose to do a (very simple) comparison between the 'racial contract', and the ever popular social contract. i am sure you know how political i can be, and this may not have been the best topic for me while this campaign is going on......

i'm just getting really stuck not making it extremely personal....

oh well.....its not due till thursday....i can clean up the heated stuff before then

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

and.............
i want a box o' veggies for 8 bucks!!!!! (although it would be more than that in american currency )

i need some seeds for this year...

i still have SOME from last year, but i'm out of some crucial stuff. any ideas, mamas? there has to be some sort of seed sharing that goes on?

aura.... just a hug. a big one.

alright..enough slacking. i need to go revamp my paper.
post #188 of 402
Hi Mamas! Can I rejoin you? I haven't been around because I've been beyond busy.... but I'm supposed to be writing that horrible final paper that's due tomorrow at 8 and I'm only at the top of page 6 of the rough draft (which is already bad) and......so I thought I would read all ten pages of the Low-Income Mamas thread.

I'm still low-income. haven't paid march's rent. yah know? Stipend comes soon. It'll be okay. Spring break next week.....drama with the children and figuring out where/how to take them to see their father ('cuz its my responsibility to make sure that happens....). Sigh... Oh did I mention that apparently they don't give multiple TAships to the same student over the course of the summer? This means...that there will be at least one month of rent with no rent!! Yay

Anyway, hugs to all
post #189 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by matey View Post
DS got approved for medicaid.
Hurray!
Now to look into catastrophe for me!
Ya!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aura_Kitten View Post
mamamoo did you mean, did I eat anything this morning or, did I eat anything that would have caused that reaction? ~ Because I don't know what I could have eaten last night that would have done that to me this morning.... I made fried turkey meatball things for dinner, with home-made bbq sauce, and whole-grain cornbread. After I dragged myself out of bed this morning I drank a TON of water and felt better... then had a whole-wheat muffin.

Now to be honest I'm chain-scarfing baked goods to numb my depression (over my dd, and my sister. )


ETA: also my back is killing me now ... my dad totalled the front end of his car this afternoon... he was driving me up to the clinic w/ my dd and I broke the news to him about my sister's malignancy (she had surgery for it last night, and is going in again tomorrow to have the cancer in her cervix removed) and he promptly ran the car into a pole. Thank God none of us were seriously hurt but my back and legs have been having severe muscle spasms since then.
I was meaning did you eat any breakfast or anything? I start feeling really bad like that if I haven't eaten...

I'm sorry about the accident, how scary!
post #190 of 402
Hey, Mamas, can I rejoin you?

Things were going pretty well around here for a while and I was staying off "the internets" altogether, generally being fairly happy with my life, when a bunch of things hit at once.

We've always known we were one crisis away from disaster, so of course we had to have two: a lengthy, ongoing, and expensive medical issue with DS2 and the theft of my debit card number, which resulted in our bank account being cleaned out.

Now I'm behind on bills, dodging credit card calls, and trying not to kill my DH, who has responded to our recent troubles by falling into a fit of despondency, moping around the house and getting written up at work. I KNOW he's depressed, I know WHY he's depressed, it's just Really Freaking Inconvenient for me right now, for him to "check out" when I need him most.

So I just want to run away.

So instead I came back here.

Holly
post #191 of 402
FYI to everyone - I'm told by my brother who farms wheat to buy now and buy lots - major shortage coming up and the price is going to skyrocket.

I'm trying to find another large freezer cheap to store food in. My security gland {Dave Ramsey term} is going off big time and saying stock up on food. So we are doing a sam's club run tomorrow to pick up 200lbs of flour {25lb bags} and other things.

DD is running me ragged today, and no end in sight. I really need to find the time to sit down and start cobbling together a curriculum for her, as she is just about ready to start 3-k, and I want to have at least through 1st grade ready as she is gifted. Plus that gives me time to thrift shop for textbooks too.

It's fixing to storm here - I hope we don't get tornadoes because the sky was so brown earlier.
post #192 of 402
good morning mamas! I hope everyone is doing good this morning.

That $8 box of produce sounds wonderful - our local CSA is around $30 a week, and you don't get anywhere near that much either. We can't afford it, but I'm looking forward to the NEW WIC package coming out because then we'll get vouchers every month for produce.

I'm still crunching the numbers trying to figure out how we're going to make it - we're nearly $300 in the hole each month, and my sweater sales business {buying used & reselling} isn't going well either.
post #193 of 402
Good morning all.
post #194 of 402
hi mamas
six more days til the ultrasound. i am kinda paranoid they will find something wrong with the baby since i am 17 weeks and still not gaining weight, no having a bump, and no movement...( with my other children i felt movement by 15 weeks...) other then that the family is doing alright. ashlyn will be three in less then 2 weeks. still not sure what we are doing for her. my ticker changed last name.. the ! moved to the 7 position which is exciting because i hate debt and slowly but surely its going away. i cant wait til may 16 when the stimulas checks come cuz thats gonna pay off some more!!!!!! anyways hope u all have a good wednesday. we need to do the second batch of grocery shopping; went to costco yesterday and got chicken and bread and milk and i nearly had a heartattack at the receipt. EVERYTHING is costing so much more!!!!!! asnd dont even get me at the gas prices. i am so annoyed... we put 20 dollars in the tank at the gas station down the street so we would have gas to get to costco. and while at costco we saw their price and it was seriously 30 cents cheaper! i was fuming! i dont under stand why the gas prices are so different at different locations with in 5 minutes of each other. bang head
post #195 of 402
Thread Starter 
hey mamas....just bumping

about all i can manage today

post #196 of 402
Hey Mamas,
sandygirl: Are the new WIC packages federal or just for your state? A long time ago I had read they were trying to put in a new system where they give produce instead of so much dairy and eggs and I keep hoping that they will do the produce soon. At my appointment last week I had asked if we were still doing the farmer's market vouchers and they said they hoped, but hadn't heard yet. I'm gonna freak if they don't give them to us this summer! I would so love to get produce monthly though. I'm so sick of peanut butter and eggs.

I went to a playgroup today for a new mom's group I joined. The woman's house looked like it came out of a magazine and probably costs at least a million dollars. Very high end furniture. At first I was really intimidated but by the end of playgroup I actually started to feel sorry for her. She looked so lonely and her house was decorated in depressing colors and it was so formal I just couldn't relax. I love my tiny little house because it's so cozy and I have quilts hung on the wall and batiked curtains in most of the rooms and even if I was rich I would not buy a huge formal home.

I sold Connor's swing today on Craiglist. I bought it at a yard sale for $5 and sold it for $25. I so can't wait for yardsale season to start. I need to get some more clothes ahead for the kids.

Hope things get better for everyone!
post #197 of 402
ediesmom ~



Not necessarily on topic for THIS thread but, just as an aside, I can't figure out if I'm insane or really, really smart for wanting to stock up on really important things in case of an emergency.
post #198 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by EarthyMamaofDaisy View Post
Hey Mamas,
sandygirl: Are the new WIC packages federal or just for your state? A long time ago I had read they were trying to put in a new system where they give produce instead of so much dairy and eggs and I keep hoping that they will do the produce soon. At my appointment last week I had asked if we were still doing the farmer's market vouchers and they said they hoped, but hadn't heard yet. I'm gonna freak if they don't give them to us this summer! I would so love to get produce monthly though. I'm so sick of peanut butter and eggs.
federal! http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Lea...Education.html has charts of what the packages are going to. They are cutting back on milk & eggs, but going to add bread & produce.
post #199 of 402
Quote:
Originally Posted by sandygirl View Post
federal! http://www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Lea...Education.html has charts of what the packages are going to. They are cutting back on milk & eggs, but going to add bread & produce.

WOOOHOOOO!!!



Ediesmom, I hope you are doing ok. I'm thinking about you.
post #200 of 402
Thread Starter 
good morning mamas!

edie went to the 'jonas brothers' concert last night with her father. he hasn't brought her home yet:......i hope she had an amazing time, but she NEEDS to be at school!

as for me....no, i think i'm not doing great. my health issues are pretty consuming. i emailed my doc last night asking for someone to help me manage...diabetes (out of control), thyroid (undertreated), and the shoulder hurting like hell. all while trying to do all i do. there should be like a patient advocate or something.

story..... i have been giving up cigarettes .....the pharmacy gave me sugar coated gum, which spikes my sugar and has some food allergen in it. i asked them to switch it...they refused: they told me it was what my insurance covered! well, i know for a fact that they cover non-sugar coated gum. as a matter of fact, i think its ALL they cover...the pharmacy was just out of the regular and fudged it somehow. so now my sugar is sky high and my celiac (joint paint, stomach issues, etc.) is flaring.

and then, for months, my doctor had been giving me the wrong long acting insulin, and then bitching about my blood sugars. all the while never telling me that the insulin didn't cover a full 24 hours

so, no....not feeling up to par. and pain wears on me. i am physically and emotionally exhausted ALL.THE.TIME.

enough whining i guess

HAPPY SPRING!!

:: eyes:::sfo ryou:::
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Frugality & Finances
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Frugality & Finances › March Low Income Mamas Support Thread