We make a little over $1,300 a month before taxes, $500 of which goes to COBRA and a little more to car insurance, phone bills, etc. This "big money" however will be ending next month when DH's unemployment runs out. As you may have guessed, we had to move in with my parents. I did some consulting work and substitute teaching this year and made enough to pay off the car loan and chuck a few bucks into savings, but basically we are POOR POOR POOR! I hate this economy! I hate the fact that my husband feels lousy about himself because he can't find a decent job with benefits, it affects our whole family and it's enough to make me cry. He sends out tons and tons of resumes to no avail. He is underqualified, overqualified, not the right fit, etc. It's just awful.
I am in graduate school right now for my MAT. I will be done with the teaching certification portion of the program in May, and eligilble for a fall hiring. Then I will be making a whopping $32K! Mind you a basic 2BR apt. around here runs you at least $1,600 (1/4 mile from NYC) throw in child care (if DH ever finds a job) and hello zero balance again. Sheesh! I feel like we are in a dark hole.
I never thought I would be so poor. I hate it. I am sure we are eligible for some gov't assistance, but I have yet to look into it. Maybe some food stamps and WIC. It really says something when you have a dh with a BA from a good college, over 10 years of working experience, a desire to work and you have to go on welfare. What's up with that?
I know I could have gone back to work if I could have found a job, but I was looking at long term and what I want most is some time with my son. Not staying in the office until 9 everynight, going away on business trips, stressing about departmental sales goals, etc. That was fine before baby, but not now. So I guess there are trade-of's to be made.
Why can't some things be easier?