We're trying to spend as little as possible, preferably nothing, until October. Unfortunately we're running out of cat food so we'll have to buy that- but it's not a huge expense. We have kiddo on WIC which is helping with that. We shouldn't have to buy more milk or fruits/veg than it covers.
Originally Posted by happyhats
My husband gets discouraged because he sees his coworkers going out every weekend, getting expensive cars, havingbpricey phones etc. But upon a closer look they are either sleeping on someones couch, single, and/or not meeting their responsibilities.
I have a co-worker like that, although I saw it the other way around. She works two jobs, 70 hours a week, and has a roommate and isn't able to save up any money. I know her paycheck sucks, but I was mystified that she could be working so much and unable to put anything away when she was living with at least one roommate. Then I realized that she eats out a lot, possibly every meal, she gets Starbucks coffee probably at least once a day, she goes and buys stuff at Hot Topic, etc.
Originally Posted by mumm
Is anyone here comfortable answering food stamp/SNAP benefit questions? I'm thinking of applying. In the on-line screening process they asked about income and savings. But the actual application only seems to ask about income. We have a bit of savings (bank accounts, 401K, own our cars outright etc.) but our new (very low) income seems to make us more than eligible for assistance. Do they ask to see bank accounts at any point? Is it silly to apply if we have substantial 401K and pretty solid bank account? Will they look at last years w2, or just the past few weeks? I don't want to waste their time (and mine) if having reserves automatically disqualifies us.
Today I applied for free/reduced lunch and that seemed very straight forward.
It varies state to state. Look up your state's DSS website, it'll have information about who qualifies. Overall- liberal states tend to have better programs, conservative states tend to have worse.
If you've got enough in the bank accounts, you may not qualify in most places. Also, welfare sucks. Even in CT, which had a pretty decent system, it was soul crushing and miserable. (except insurance- I will never stop singing the praises of Husky) I'm honestly convinced that public assistance is actually designed to keep poor people poor. Depending on your savings, you'd probably be a lot happier buckling down to the bare minimum of spending for a few months while you find a better job.
You own your cars outright? If they're nice enough cars, why don't you sell them and down-grade to cheaper ones? If you can sell your car for $10-20k, get a car less than $5k, spend a thousand or two to fix it up- you're over $3k up and your insurance costs'll probably go down. Obviously check the mileage- if your insurance costs go down but you double the money you're spending on gas? Not worth it. I'm hoping we'll be able to get a used hybrid next time, especially if I'm still at a job that requires a lot of city driving, we're getting at best 20mpg and it's awful.
And, yes, in a lot of places you'd be REQUIRED to sell at least one of your cars before qualifying for state aid (maybe both, depending on their worth)- I know of at least one woman who's been totally shot in the foot by state aid, she had to sell her car, couldn't afford to replace it, she's on a waiting list for state-subsidized day care, and she can't find a job willing to hire someone without reliable transportation, not that looking for one without reliable transportation is easy.