I know in NH the FS don't increase until the baby is born.
mama to and and
Oregon counts the unborn baby as a person when it comes to determining eligibility, but pregnant ladies don't get more on food stamps.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
If you are pregnant you can get WIC and get a set amount of free milk, cheese, beans, bread, eggs, 10$ of fruits and veggies per month! I didn't get it when i was pregnant cuz i didnt know about it but i have it now that DS is born and it helps! Very few grocery stores accept it (here only Wal Mart and Winn Dixie) so sometimes it's a PITA to haul 2 gallons of milk (+ the rest AND the baby lol) on the bus but the savings are worth it.
Here every other Monday there's a free healthy meal at Whole Foods, maybe you can check yours out!
Churches give away food, clothing, etc!, especially during the holidays!
Dumpster diving! Maybe not for food now that you're pregnant, but you can find all sorts of stuff when you take a walk in wealthy neighborhoods! We found clothes, furniture, our X-Mas tree, even a 12 pack of beer!
French Canadian living in the Big Easy. Happy mama to Jaxson Lee born on 9/16/12 and loving wife to Denis Lee since 11/03/11
Lovesand all that good stuff
We are a fam of 5, both my dh and I are full time students, we live off our Pell Grants, we each get $5,500 a year. At the moment, we live in public housing, hopefully not for long. We will be finishing our associate degrees this year and moving on to get B.A.'s and hopefully family housing at our next university.
We also get EBT, WIC, and medicaid, our kids get free school lunches too. I also have a work study through school where I make 1-2,000 more a year. I nanny all summer long and I also make crafts on the side. Dh and I also give plasma whenever we can, which I don't like to do, but if I have to I will.
We also don't feel too poor or deprived, except for having to move into the projects last year, which a year later isn't so bad, but it sucks being white in the hood.
I make sure my kids get alot of fun in their lives, and we just dont buy a whole lot of extra crap, basically. We pay off our rent and internet when we get our school money, we have to have internet for classes, and we just watch netflix and msnbc and other free internet sites for tv, we rent alot of movies from our public and school libraries. My kids bought their own roller skates and I take them to the park with paved bike trails and let them ride around, they love it. We live in a town that always has free events and festivals going on, and beautiful national forests and swimming holes and such all around it, so there is always something to do. I keep my ear open in my local mama groups for mamas looking for babysitters and what not, and jump on opportunities. We only have one car, a minivan I bought with my taxes last year, so we don't make any car payments, and our car is really old and I've been driving a long time, so my insurance is pretty low. We also barter and trade, like the dad of the girl I babysit for works on my car just for the price of parts and a little babysitting. I got my maternity photo shots by trading handcrafted toys I made. When we get really desperate, on occasion, we pawn stuff, but we always buy it back within 3 months. We do not have parents or anyone else that helps us. You just kind of get creative and fantastically frugalista baby, and it works. You can still be really happy and not have alot of money. I do alot of potlucks and playdates with mama friends, and I know all the spots in town to get my free fun on. Also, I keep up with coupons, reward codes and promos for things that can get me free movie tix and such, so my kids' are pretty spoiled. I hope not to live this way forever, sometimes it is really tough, but that's why I'm working on a degree that will hopefully get me more then min. wage one day.
Saamy Student mama to and and
I can't say that I have anything to add that hasn't been said here already. We're not on any kind of assistance though I have done WIC once. The 5 of us (soon to be 6, Lord willing) live off of my husbands $900 a month retirement check from the army & have been for the last 3 years. He's disabled, but w/ us expanding again, he's looking into getting a part time job to supplement somewhere. The economy here is horrible. We (unsuccessfully) hunt. What has worked better is having people call us when they see a deer get hit on the road so we can go. Our grocery budget is $40-$60. Meat is out of our budget; our vegetables we grow & we try to save for an orchard trip to have fruit once a month. We do forage, quite often. People have given us chickens & that has multiplied delightfully; we can probably have a chicken dinner once a week through out the winter & eggs in the morning are always like a gift.
No cable, but we do have the net for our homeschooling. Our cars are paid off. What helped tremendously is knowing that we were about to be in a drastically reduced lifestyle & so were able to prepare for it. I realize not everyone has that luxury & it can be a hit to the morale. We forgo AC & heat w/ wood. I cook outside in the summer to keep the heat out of the house. I wash our clothes in a big sink w/ a wash board to include diapers when that is necessary. I've taken up EC & anything that cuts diapers down works for me. Hot water is only used for baths & showers as we live on a well & electricity is our only bill. We strive to keep it under $60.00. Shutting off the security light outside saved $10.00 a month. Every little bit helps. We've an electric well pump & are trying to figure out how to save for a hand pump.
I like to play "What would great-great grandma do?" It really wasn't all that long ago that everything was done by hand. It helps (me anyways) to sleep better at night.