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post #41 of 113
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Originally Posted by KnockedUpButtercup View Post
We had a reallllly frugal-but-tasty dinner (black bean/corn salad) and watched a movie from the $1 rental box at the grocery store (excellent choice). Not the Date Night of my dreams, but it was good.

It's hot.

I don't want to pay for A/C.

But soon I will have no choice.

I noticed our dogs scratching quite a bit recently and investigated...fleas! I can't afford to buy enough Advantage for 3 dogs this month (or next month...or for the forseeable future...) so I tried some natural stuff from PetSmart; it has cinnamon, cloves, and peppermint in it. The dogs now smell like liniment. I hope it works...I'm saving the receipt.

Holly

Have you checked Ebay? I got an 8 month supply of Frontline for $20 shipped. The sellers have 100% feedback. (This was for a cat. Not sure if a dog is more but worth looking into.)


Just wanted to join and say *hi*...While we may not have a ton of money, I still feel very blessed and very loved.
post #42 of 113
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Originally Posted by ibahippiemama View Post
Does anyone know or think that it's to late to start a garden? I really need to get a handle on or food budget. HELP!!!!!!!

angie
Angie, I'm so sorry you're going through a rough time.

I don't think it's too late to start a garden...we're both in Zone 9, with you in Louisiana and me in Houston, so we get two growing seasons. I staggered my plantings with things that I bought in pots and things I started from seeds, so I have plants in varying stages of maturity right now. We didn't even use a tiller, just a spade and a cultivator (that was some work, though!)

The "Diggin in the Earth" forum was very helpful...I lurked there for weeks before we started!

Good luck!

And since I haven't mastered the multi-quote yet:

andiflipping: thanks for the tip! I will definitely follow up on that!


Holly
post #43 of 113
KnockedupButtercup..


Here is a link for the seller I got it off of...

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZpawsh_shoppe

Hope that helps you some. I know finding that was a huge relief for us.
post #44 of 113
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Hi this is abig month for us. We find out if we get our morgage that would allow us to keep our home of the last 10 years :cross fingers:

On the down side we got a new food stamp case worker and she has decided DH's income is not self employment so we will only be getting 100 dollars in food stamps for the 5 of us.

So now we have less than 1000 dollars a month to live on for everything. I am kinda freaking out. I am so dreading 12 more months of this crap.

Sure wish I had a friend or 2 near by I am feeling sorry for myself
challenge your worker! you CAN (and should) APPEAL her decision

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used that tax calculator and it said ours was going to be $600 short too. i was pissed about being misled. i plan on just using it to pay our student loan.
our gov't deceived us? jeez louise, what next!

sorry that happened, mama

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Originally Posted by ibahippiemama View Post
Hi ladies, I'm back again. Things started to look up for us when I got my new job. Now, I'n disenchanted with the job because of the manager. On the up side, I did get a promotion from cashier to assistant manager. The company still has not given me my raise. I guess I'll have to talk to the district manager myself. I could really use the $10 an hour the job pays.

We just found out that our house has lead and that we need to have upwards of 5K worth of work done on it. I would be cheaper to just move back to N.O. metro area. I'm trying to hang in here as long as I can but things are starting to really get to me and my depression is coming back.

DH just recently got a Dx of PTSS and major depression bordering on manic. He will be seeing the doc next week. I'm glad to know that he has taken the first step towards getting help for himself.

Sorry for the whine, just needed to get some things off my chest. Tomorrow is grocery day and I'm still trying to find ways of feeding the hungry horde on the little food stamps that they give to me each month. The price of food is so dang high. It's looking like we will be eating lots of bean and rice dishes. Very little meat.

Does anyone know or think that it's to late to start a garden? I really need to get a handle on or food budget. HELP!!!!!!!

Thanks for reading if you got this far.

love and blessings
angie
there are SO many non-profits out there who give grants for lead abatement......google

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KnockedupButtercup..


Here is a link for the seller I got it off of...

http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZpawsh_shoppe

Hope that helps you some. I know finding that was a huge relief for us.

it may help me, too........one dog rarely gets fleas.......the other dog never gets rid of them

hope you all have a great day.....
post #45 of 113
ediesmom we buy a bag of seven at walmart and spread it in our lawn in spring and it kills fleas and ticks. its about $10. it may help fight them after you cure the problem. good luck.

ibahippiemama have you applied for recap? we were just approved and we have a small mold problem so they are fixing that soon. also they asked if we had been lead tested and we had when we bought the house. good luck.

we'll i guess i am nesting. i have been making food galore. i joined the may pantry challange so we have lots of stuff i never would have thought to make. my freezer is getting the leftovers.
post #46 of 113
Baby is sleeping and big kids are eating so I've got a couple minutes to update here. Our week was pretty yuck. It started off with dh collapsing on the way out the door to work. We think it was probably a migraine, but not sure. He spent that day and the next 2 at home thanks to stomach issues keeping him in the bathroom. He is making up for some of that by working today and might be working tomorrow, but I'm not sure about that. that made income really short this week as he is self employed. On Monday we got the last of the paperwork in for FS and medicaid renewal. It was due on Friday so it should have been there in plenty of time. The website and phone number are both still saying they are waiting on papers before they can finish the recertification so I'm a bit worried about that. I'm hoping they are just slow updating their info line and website. That would be a huge hit to our month if the FS didn't come through. I also had to deal with dh deciding we could come up with the money to buy ds a carseat rather then sending in copies of some papers to the KDM foundation. I'm not sure where he thinks this money is going to come from :
post #47 of 113
Gulp... I'm not sure what happened or why last months thread got locked. Are there certain low income topics we should be avoiding discusion about?

Anyways... we finally got to move into our new place and I'm exausted. Being pregant with a 14 mo and moving is insane!

Also, moving has been much more expensive than I thought, so we are really scraping by on nothing this month. Luckily some neighbors sent us a really nice basket with fruit and cheese and yummy things, so we had some treats!

I hope that the close knit community that was before will be again, as I felt welcomed, loved and respected despite what my bank account read.
post #48 of 113
I felt lots of support from this thread when I lurked on it last month.

Does anyone have a spouse that is not on board with the $$ thing? By that I mean, he buys stuff that I don't feel we need. He doesn't learn from his past mistakes. We filed bankruptcy several years ago, largely due to credit card debt. So what does he do? gets 3 new credit cards, lies to me about it and charges them up to the max. He is terrible with money and we are not on the same page at all. I have suggested that he bring his paycheck home each week, we sit down together and look at the bills to decide what needs to be paid that week. Instead he takes what he needs from his paychecks and gives me what is left over. Lately that has been close to $1000 less than the bills. And that is not counting his bills (his truck payment and those bleeping credit cards). Every.single.bill is behind. For the first time, I've had to let the mortgage go over 30 days late. If I think about all of this too much, I feel really desperate.

btw, what happened to the parenting with partners forum?
post #49 of 113
good morning mamas!


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Gulp... I'm not sure what happened or why last months thread got locked. Are there certain low income topics we should be avoiding discusion about?

Anyways... we finally got to move into our new place and I'm exausted. Being pregant with a 14 mo and moving is insane!

Also, moving has been much more expensive than I thought, so we are really scraping by on nothing this month. Luckily some neighbors sent us a really nice basket with fruit and cheese and yummy things, so we had some treats!

I hope that the close knit community that was before will be again, as I felt welcomed, loved and respected despite what my bank account read.
we do love you.....and we keep checking back in to offer support. But, the discrimination from 'passers by' and the repetitive lockdowns when things got too real for those not struggling with poverty and low income issues is just too hard to deal with. s
post #50 of 113
Hi, can I join you mamas??? I am newly single, trying to keep homeschooling, living off income from running a small home daycare, and randomly selling on ebay, a small amount of child support and an insulting amount of food stamps. But we're making it somehow!

ibahippiemama it's NOT too late to start a garden! There's usually always *something* you can grow... I found you can get by on just a shovel and some seeds. Find some free manure and get it - I lined the back of my minivan with a tarp, then filled up our recycling boxes, some big rubbermaid tubs, half a trashcan, anything I could find. Got it home, dug it into the dirt and planted seeds. Unless it's super fresh manure (bad, needs to be composted), it's usually fine to just put it right in the garden. I know there's lots of opposition to that, but it's worked fine for me for years. You can get seeds from freecycle, or they are only about $1.50 at the garden store. There's plenty to grow in Summer of course, but you can also have nice Spring and Fall gardens!
post #51 of 113
Good afternoon ladies. Hope everyone is well. Things here are so-so, the sun is finally out(yeah!!!), now if only the temp would go up a little I'd be a happy camper.
Trying, unsuccessfully, to get everyone to start getting ready for the week ahead. Or at least locate everything they will need for school tomorrow
So everyone is outside "helping" our next door neighbor plant flowers. At least she's nice about it.
Anyway, nothing else new here.
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post #52 of 113
Good evening ladies. Thanks for the garden encouragement. The other night was really bad. I was just feeling kind of sulky. We are trying to move back home so to speak. There is not much here in this town. I will be calling the lead cocial worker in the morning to see what kind of help we can get. I'll ask her about moving us into public housing in N. O. and surrounding areas. If all else fails, I'll just use my raise to move.

Hope that things start looking up for everyone soon. Off to read on the pantry challange thread.

love and blessings
angie
post #53 of 113
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good morning mamas!

we do love you.....and we keep checking back in to offer support. But, the discrimination from 'passers by' and the repetitive lockdowns when things got too real for those not struggling with poverty and low income issues is just too hard to deal with. s
thanks! I'm sorry to see that even on MDC there are certain ways of life that just can't be accepted.
post #54 of 113
Welcome, Root mama! You are a pretty frugal mama, you've got the skills down, girl. I am so sorry to hear about your split. I wish you the best, girl. Pm me or call if you need help w/ anything. I'd be happy to come up and watch the boys for an afternoon or something if you ever need it.

Hi ladies! I hiope everyone had a good weekend! I did. I'm pooped now, though.
post #55 of 113
Good morning, Ladies!

I have to go get ready for work and I'm pooped. A lot of my weekend is now taken up with things that I do to save money, and when I wake up for school on Monday mornings, I'm tired before I start. Thank GOD we're in the last month...I'm hoping this is just the usual May exhaustion.

Ediesmom: I said it on the other thread, but I'll post it again here - THANK YOU! Getting that flea medicine inexpensively on e-bay saved my life. (Max will be thanking you as well, once it arrives...he's the main fleabag, of the 3.)

Root*Children: good to have you here!

Sad realization: DH and I totted up how exactly how much we owe in consumer debt - his, mine, and ours (this does NOT include our mortgage and his car payment)...$24,000! : How did we let this happen? It seems unbelievable, but I think we just let credit take up the slack in our budget, especially when he got laid off and during DS's medical crisis. We're going to look into a debt consolidation loan and see if that helps.

Ok, time to rouse DS...have a good week, everyone!

Holly
post #56 of 113
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Glad to see the mamas.

Looking for that safe place. PM please??

Have a good day mamas!
Hope everyone has a great day!!!
post #57 of 113
I've had a great few days and I'm so thankful.

Our county does rabies shots for dogs for only $8 once a year. We had to wait in line for 3 hours but it's better than paying to actually go the vet.

Then yesterday we went to a thrift store that gives out two free outfits per family member a month to people on assistance. I found maternity clothes that weren't totally hideous! Now I have clothes to wear . I also got some winter outfits for the kids. It's funny that in the summer you can only find winter clothes, and in the winter you can only find summer clothes, . They also gave us toothbrushes and soap and three bags of food. So for right now I'm very happy.
post #58 of 113
Can I sub even if I'm not a hippie?
post #59 of 113
Oh, and I haven't got my garden planted yet, either. I really need to till it but I don't have my own so I'll probably have to rent one...40 bucks.

We don't get paid till Thursday and we're 160 bucks in the hole. And I need to pay my $323 car payment.

BLAH.
post #60 of 113
My husband may have another client to buy a house, they are putting in an offer tomorrow hopefully. If things keep up, maybe it will get easier.

I have a baby throwing a full blown tantrum over a bowl that he tried to steal from his brother, why does that start already? He is tired but his brother just wants to disturb naps today.

I finally got a few diapers the other day, my baby has a 12 prefolds a few OLD kushies that I think I can make work. I ,thankfully, still have a few months left to collect diapers.

Good luck to everybody with the gardens!
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