Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The Green Mountains
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We live on my partner's income for the most part - around 28k/year, before our monthly mortgage of $1000, taxes, insurance (and we can only afford insurance for the kiddos), car payments on the old cars, credit card debt from when I wasn't working at all right after DS's birth, etc.
I work some evenings and most weekends at our local library, and at a home office locally during the week (so I can bring baby), but my total income amounts to maybe 100-150/week.
We are 2 adults, a school-ager and a baby and we struggle. I did work full time until baby was born last summer, so losing my 20k/year was quite a blow to us. We just try to find small ways of making every penny count. We garden, don't go out to eat ever, try not to drive more than we have to (and we have to a lot, as we are too rural for public transport.), clip coupons, no air conditioner, etc. It all adds up.
I must say, though, that I never feel poor, even though we technically fall at the poverty level for our area. We have a small, cozy home, enough to eat, and a big back yard with woods and a brook for the kiddos to play in. We have green grass and clean air.
I am very content (that's not to say I don't stress about the bills sometimes, though!)
Molly, mama to my 3 sweet boys.
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