Originally Posted by crazyms
Ugh I know exactly the spot you mean since I've spent most of my life in it. I'm so glad you're almost done with your program. That's amazing! Try looking at the food ministry programs for grocery shopping. If there's one in your area and your family can eat a "normal" diet then it can save a lot of money sometimes - depends on the program. Another thing if one of those programs exist you have to pre order and then pick up for the packages is on a set day. Any thing that isn't picked up is donated. You could check with your local program to see how the donations work because you might could get some food that way. Definitely check out the other food banks. If you have them they can be a massive help. We are very limited here in options and what few exist are extremely over run. It's impossible to get in there for help. You will qualify for food stamps once you start work though? That'll be a huge help. If that's the case then maybe you only have to get through a couple more weeks I hope. I'll post back if I can think of any other ideas.
No, my income will be too high once I begin working. I wish it was going to put me in a better spot financially but I have a bad feeling that I'll be over the daycare assistance guidelines by like $2 per hour or so and I won't get daycare assistance but I won't have enough money to pay for it.
There's not much of a light at the end of this tunnel. On the one hand, a certification and a skilled job is better than selling sunglasses for crap pay but on the other hand, I'm not MUCH better off financially from all my hard work. Sucks.
There's no food ministry programs that I can find. No church-based ones(from extensive googling) that I can find and Bountiful Baskets isn't even within several hours' drive of me.
Originally Posted by Mylie
The job hunting is going slow....I live in such a rural area that Jobs are scarse...I Have put in with the local Schools for hours as an aide/cafetería help...It is partime but the school hours appeal to me...I hate putting L in daycare and working for the school I will be Off when she is...so we will see...I am eligible for unemployment until October...My amount Did go down but my food card should go up a bit and I got Full Medical as of July 1st and that is a BIG weight Off my shoulders...
I Have my home....
My freezer and pantry are Full.
We found Tarzan and Jane at goodwill today for $1...very happy 6 year old..
A job in the school sounds great. Maybe you can substitute as well? Sometimes a long-term position would be available and you'd have a "regular" job for a few months for someone's maternity leave or whatever. That would be awesome for you. Just check into your state's laws because subs don't need certification in my state.
Originally Posted by frugalmama
Justmama - *hugs* I wish I lived closer - I would totally send you home with a boatload of groceries. Hopefully the food pantry will be able to help you out.
I know just what you mean about being grateful for good health - I am grateful for every day I can get up, get around & get done what needs to be. So many days I can't - either due to joint pain, fatigue, or this lovely autoimmune I battle with on a daily basis. Right now I am freaking out slightly about said autoimmune - I keep having bouts of severe nausea, which is the main symptom I had before diagnosis. I am terrified that it's coming out of the medication induced remission. I've done so good until now - it's been almost 7 years since I was diagnosed. I've been ultra careful - avoiding anything that might boost my immune system because at first even something as simple as taking a Vit. C tablet was enough to throw my immune system into overdrive. My Dr put me on Vit. D last month since I tested way low, and I am worried that it has boosted my immune system. I stopped taking it, and am hoping the autoimmune will calm back down. If it doesn't calm down in another week, then I'll have to go in
That's a terrible balancing act with the immune system issues. My friend has Ulcerative Colitis and she walks that line too. It's awful when she's in a flare. Autoimmune Disorders suck. She struggles so much sometimes that it's just devastating to watch and be able to do nothing. She can't afford to treat it properly because she has crappy insurance.
Originally Posted by happyhats
So hubbys not getting his bonus check now until end of this month. Grrr. Its not a dire need but I was really hoping to combine shopping trips. Plus I just think its bad management on his jobs part, but what can you do? But I do have some gratefuls-
Hubby is picking up our annual huge bage of corn tonight!
Hubby has overtime tomorrow and probably for the next month. We can always use extra money.
Im getting free kefir grains this sat. to try my hand at milk kefir. I hope I dont screw it up lol. Ive been wanting to try out kefir for some time.
You totally saved my hiney the other night. I went and got that baking soda last night and did the tutorial on pinterest for turning it into washing soda. I don't know if I did it correctly because I didn't see much change in it but I follow it exactly. But I made my laundry detergent and I didn't even wait overnight for it to gel up since I was out of clean scrubs and washed a load with it and it worked nicely. So I'm not sure if the baking soda to washing soda worked or not but the clothing all came out clean and fresh smelling so I'm calling it a success. I love you!
-coffee. This 5am stuff sucks.
-one more week until I graduate. I got this. I'm so close!!!
Yes, I'm eating two for breakfast. They really fill me up and keep me full until lunchtime. And besides, cookies for breakfast??? yes please!
-beach last night with a friend. We brought the kids and sat and chatted and listened to a free concert. Lovely time. I'm lucky to have her for a friend