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Today 05:58 PM
Mylie Hi everyone....popping in to say Hi and hoping everyone is holding on...

I am looking for a new job...called several places today and picking up some more apps tommorow...hoping to get something soon before the unemployment drops..I am hoping my car makes it to income tax time...Def going to have to replace...

The weather has been cool, rainy and 100% Fall I love it but it doesnt love my sinuses...these allergies are kicking my butt so some relief for that would be nice...lol

My gratefuls...

My home...
My little L...
Friends...
Today 05:57 PM
Mylie Hi everyone....pollo g in to say Hi and hoping everyone is holding on...

I am looking for a new job...called several places today and picking up some more apps tommorow...hoping to get something soon before the unemployment drops..I am hoping my car makes it to income tax time...Def going to have to replace...

The weather has been cool, rainy and 100% Fall I love it but it doesnt love my sinuses...these allergies are kicking my butt so some relief for that would be nice...lol

My gratefuls...

My home...
My little L...
Friends...
Today 12:45 PM
happyhats lol, no genius just hate wating food.

I wrote up my shopping list today and was pleasantly suprised at the total. I did major stocking up last month though. I wish the warm snap would end and/or my sinuses would clear up so I can stop running ac.
Today 11:17 AM
justmama I think I'm going to throw some applesauce in the crockpot right now for apple butter. Happpyhats, you are a genius.
Yesterday 12:25 PM
happyhats Hey everyone. Its been a busy weekend, and on top of it Ive got a yucky sinus thing. Hubbys birthday was yesterday so he took the day off and we putzed around. All around nice day. Today Im catching up on housekeeping, and my motto is "salvage" lol. My daughter got a mystery stain on a new dress so its soaking and if that doesnt work its getting tie dyed lol. I had random small amounts of pumpkin puree and homemade applesauce in my fridge so I threw that in the crockpot with spices and a touch of sugar for homemade apple pumpkin butter lol.
Yesterday 04:43 AM
elliha
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post
Elliha, i know llbean has excellent quality winter boots rated to quite low temperatures. They are huge so they must ship internationally. Not everything is cheap but I'm telling you, I've found amazing deals there just watching the sales weekly. And they have lifetime guarantees on their products so they are worth their weight in gold.
Thank you! I have never heard of them so I will definitely check them out.
Yesterday 04:32 AM
justmama Elliha, i know llbean has excellent quality winter boots rated to quite low temperatures. They are huge so they must ship internationally. Not everything is cheap but I'm telling you, I've found amazing deals there just watching the sales weekly. And they have lifetime guarantees on their products so they are worth their weight in gold.
Yesterday 02:06 AM
elliha Got the shoes for my daughter for about 40 dollars, they cost 110 new so much cheaper but not cheap. Now I hope I do not need to buy anymore clothes as I have already used over 400 dollars from our savings this months for a number of reasons. Next paycheck some will go back thankfully.
09-29-2014 10:39 PM
crazyms frugalmama - How does that internet work? I've never heard of anything like that. I looked but didn't really understand the site.

justmama - You're right they shouldn't be allowed to withhold the first check from new employees. That's just stupid. I don't think it's right your baby has to change meds either because of the stupid state insurance. Ugh! I hope she gets to feeling better quickly.

I'll try to read through and respond to more individual posts later. Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I don't know what happened but I've been more down lately. I'm working on it though and hoping I'll be out of this slump soon. I'll be thinking of y'all and hoping things improve for everyone quickly!
09-29-2014 03:10 PM
frugalmama Checking in from the library again. Seems to be quiet on this thread the past couple of days - hope everyone is okay. Things are okay here - working on stuff, but we are doing okay.



Gratefuls:

~Was finally able to sign up for the low cost internet through EveryoneOn.Org, and should soon have net at home again for $10 a month.
~Went to the local homeschool blessings bash and was hugely blessed - clothing for my daughter, thermal curtains for a couple of my windows and then my daughter found an American Girl doll which really made her day. Needed a bit of work but she is thrilled.
~Everything is paid
~Was able to restock our medicine cabinet thanks to some great coupon deals.
09-26-2014 02:19 PM
elliha Ugh. I got my paycheck yesterday which is good of course but most of it will go to bills as I only got half a pay check because they are still doing adjustments from when I worked part time when my daughter could only go half days at preschool. Next month will be a full one though! The weather is getting colder and my daughter does not have any good winter shoes (we have one pair that is OK but they are almost outgrown and there is no chance at all that they will last until the end of winter so we have no choice but to get at least one pair. I have some bids on an auction site for good used children's shoes but since I cannot go very high it might be hard to get the ones I want. As the winters are long and cold here in northern Sweden I really need to try to get her a quality pair. Her preschool is outdoors 1-2 times a day regardless of weather so she needs good shoes.
09-25-2014 02:52 PM
justmama I've missed you guys. Lots of new faces. welcome all! Looks like everyone is struggling. It's the end of the month. Not surprising.

I got a job. This is my second week there. Unfortunately I'm still broke since they withhold the first check. So I'm working for a month before i see any money. that ought to be a crime. The job isn't full time but it's 32 hours so it's better than what i had before. My parents are watching my younger girls in the mornings for me. It saves me half the cost of child care since i don't qualify for help plus my parents get a little extra cash. I was blessed to get help from my parents to buy a new to me car. It's the fanciest thing I've ever owned. I love it. My other car was dying and i need something reliable to get to work. I'm very blessed to get the help. BUT I have a nice safe car to visit the food pantry with this weekend. :/ you all know how that goes. *sigh* otherwise things are okay. I'm battling breathing issues in my youngest. Her regular meds aren't covered by the state health ins anymore so she's struggling to adjust to the new meds. It's just hard.
09-25-2014 08:09 AM
mamabear0314 Food stamp meeting today, hoping they can get it going pretty quick because things are getting rather scary food wise. I have so many things that need paid and no money to pay it. :/
09-24-2014 02:37 PM
elliha A little better today, I really hope for a change. My husband has finally gotten the confirmation that he can indeed start his training to become a janitor and he is going to start next week. We hope that this will be a break for him and that he can find a job that he is comfortable with and that he can save up money for later so that he can indeed finish his degree and perhaps move on to another more well-paid career or if he is happy as a janitor he can do that too of course.
09-24-2014 08:47 AM
angeebaby Hi mamas,

I came across one of your posts in a different forum and just have so much admiration for the efforts you are making to keep your families afloat. I grew up very poor, but my mom didn't seem to make any effort. I wish she had done a fraction of what you all are doing, at least to show she cared.

I was thinking of you all when I came across a very interesting link while randomly googling. This lady has great ideas for fast legit money. Not big money, but hey even a spot of $50 can help when you are in a pinch. My favorite one is in the post, but if you scroll down, she has links to dozens of other ideas. Please paste the link anywhere you think it might help, the more mamas that can take advantage of it, the better!

http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/10/31-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-before-christmas-usability-testing-for-websites-day-21.html
09-23-2014 05:14 PM
zebra15 Just realized when frugalmom posted that my FS are going up $10 a month as well. I never would have noticed, even with the letter they sent me.(having brain processing problems again) $10 doesnt seem like much but when you are dealing with food allergies and a very hungry teenager every little bit helps.- (secretly waiting for the gov't to screw up on the next renewal).

Happy for a new tv season, def not tv/screen free here and a new season makes it easier to stay in at night or TIVO shows and get caught up later in the week- again staying in.

Met a friend for a bit of yarn time at starbucks today. I dont like starbucks that much so didnt cost me a thing and I made some progress on a blanket. My head is still foggy and messed up but at least I am able to crochet simple things that I have done before. I'm not able to read or comprehend patterns(written or diagram) but I'm thankful for the little bit I can do.

Hopefully it cools off soon and I can go for after dark walks again. its still so dang hot here. plus i need lower power bills soon. this a/c is killing the bank account.
09-23-2014 03:21 PM
frugalmama I can echo everyone else's posts on public assistance - it's a PITA. But so helpful once it finally works.

Hugs to everyone that is dealing with issues.

Been working on cleaning house, yet again. Thankfully it's started to cool off here so much easier to stay home.

Gratefuls:

~Got a letter that our Food stamps are going up $10 a month.
~Public library for net, since I still haven't been able to get signed up for the local low-cost net program.
~Was able to take my dd to the zoo on Sunday when they did half off if you donated to the food bank
09-23-2014 07:06 AM
mamarhu I am having a financially rotten day. ElderSon is having major money issues and I am unable to be much help. This has been going on a couple months, but it intensified yesterday. I feel pretty helpless that I can't help my child. Then yesterday also, BigGirl learned that her financial aid was screwed up (on the first day of class). Tuition had to be paid immediately and we just ain't got it. We were able to scrape and borrow enough for one class so she can stay enrolled. But again, my financial situation is keeping me from helping my kid. It was easier when sticking a boob in their mouth or changing a diaper solved any crisis!

Gratefuls:
BigGirl made delicious tarragon chicken Sunday night and there was enough leftover for last night. It was great.
09-22-2014 02:41 PM
happyhats So far today has been a frugal and pleasant one. Hubby swept the back porch and made us breakfast. I found a redbox code so I could suprise the kids with a scooby doo movie. We hit the park before hubs had to go to work and found they have persimmon trees dropping fruit. So I picked those while the kids played. I havent had a persimmon since I was a kid. Now the kids are playing with craft supplies while Im cleaning house. Later we will make wall art for their playroom or get halloween stuff out. I went and tackled their playroom and was able to rearrange things and get rid of shelves that were breaking down.
09-21-2014 07:27 PM
averysmomma05
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Originally Posted by Mylie View Post
I just did mine over the phone the other day too....definitly a lot easier than going up there...you still have to send them copies of stuff though which is kind of silly because they look it up anyways....

I thought so too. I printed app and mailed it and she did interview on phone, said she needed 2 more papers but she waited so long that my 30 days was up that day which was frustrating so she called the places and got all the info. 2 months was on there that night so I was thankful for that.
09-21-2014 07:25 PM
Mylie
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Originally Posted by averysmomma05 View Post
Same for our state I believe. This time I did everything over the phone and never went to the office. I can't handle the office either so I feel you there! I am glad it wasn't a hassle for you though since I know you have had a hard time lately.
I just did mine over the phone the other day too....definitly a lot easier than going up there...you still have to send them copies of stuff though which is kind of silly because they look it up anyways....
09-21-2014 07:17 PM
sillysapling I remember when I first started this job- it was more physical activity than I'd done and I was constantly hungry. I still try to keep snacks in my bag. Fortunately I work at a retail place that periodically leaves food in the break room for employees or gives discounts/free food options at the cafe. A friend of mine who works two jobs has the same problem- running from one job to the other and working such long hours, it's really hard to remember to get food in. A lot of times she'd show up to work with a half-eaten subway sandwich and scarf it down before her shift. It's hard, especially when you're trying to keep costs down by not eating out. :/

Have you looked up any homemade protein/energy bar recipes? There are some that are pretty simple and it's really helped me to have an easy to grab snack. They're also WAY cheaper than the storebought ones.
09-21-2014 06:08 PM
averysmomma05
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That sounds really rough! I can't imagine working two jobs while pregnant. I hope you're able to work everything out financially and that your remaining job gives some paid maternity leave. Have you looked into WIC? If you qualify, it would help cover hte cost of food (if that's why you aren't able to eat enough), it gives assistance to breastfeeding and you can also rent a pump from them as well as getting extra food while BFing (it can also help with formula, I just know most on this site are BFers).

I have some physical disabilities so I'm afraid I won't be able to handle two jobs, one is enough. DP is looking for seasonal work so hopefully by the end of that, I'll either be in a better place at my current job or I'll have gotten strong enough to handle two.
I did go back on WIC when I found out I was pregnant but stopped getting it because it was a 45 min drive, 3 hr office visit, and I am dairy free mostly. I do use it while breastfeeding though for the pump and food since it covers tons more and not so dairy heavy. I don't eat enough because I am always running from my full time job to the 2nd job and always forget to pack more things, or no time within that 15 mins to grab something. I am putting my notice in this week at the part time job (also where I passed out so they understand) and I admit I am relieved to be home more.
09-21-2014 05:59 PM
sillysapling
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Update on me: I am still working 2 jobs but passed out at work and had to be taken to the hospital. Dr says one job must go until baby comes and I need to eat more (I don't eat enough for being pregnant). So, looks like I am about to quit one job that I just went back to a few months ago and loose $$ but will be worth it.
That sounds really rough! I can't imagine working two jobs while pregnant. I hope you're able to work everything out financially and that your remaining job gives some paid maternity leave. Have you looked into WIC? If you qualify, it would help cover hte cost of food (if that's why you aren't able to eat enough), it gives assistance to breastfeeding and you can also rent a pump from them as well as getting extra food while BFing (it can also help with formula, I just know most on this site are BFers).

I have some physical disabilities so I'm afraid I won't be able to handle two jobs, one is enough. DP is looking for seasonal work so hopefully by the end of that, I'll either be in a better place at my current job or I'll have gotten strong enough to handle two.
09-21-2014 05:17 PM
averysmomma05
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Just a quick post- I want to clarify, I dont want anyone to think we are getting benefits we dont qualify for. We more than qualify for FS/medical. I *think* my state is going thru a system upgrade and new process for applications and I vaguely remember a case worker telling me - over a year ago- there would be a new process where you only had to go to the office 1x a year. I am on SSi/SSDI and ds gets benefits, we are well below the income level. Its very simple to verify the 'income' we have- or lack there of.
There was a point last spring, where i had to go to the office for an interview and I just could not do it, we went about 6 weeks with out support/benefits. Yes it was better for me to stay home and not deal with the office chaos and stress then to take a day and sit there.

Same for our state I believe. This time I did everything over the phone and never went to the office. I can't handle the office either so I feel you there! I am glad it wasn't a hassle for you though since I know you have had a hard time lately.
09-21-2014 05:09 PM
zebra15 Just a quick post- I want to clarify, I dont want anyone to think we are getting benefits we dont qualify for. We more than qualify for FS/medical. I *think* my state is going thru a system upgrade and new process for applications and I vaguely remember a case worker telling me - over a year ago- there would be a new process where you only had to go to the office 1x a year. I am on SSi/SSDI and ds gets benefits, we are well below the income level. Its very simple to verify the 'income' we have- or lack there of.
There was a point last spring, where i had to go to the office for an interview and I just could not do it, we went about 6 weeks with out support/benefits. Yes it was better for me to stay home and not deal with the office chaos and stress then to take a day and sit there.
09-21-2014 04:08 PM
Mylie
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A bit of good news, seems our food stamps were automatically renewed until January. I have no idea whats going on but we got a reapplication letter last month, i didnt respond and was expecting a closure/decline letter when i received this approval letter today. I hope medical goes the same way later this week. I really do not understand the government around here.
Awesome Zebra!!!!! I am going through it right now too....ughhhh....
09-21-2014 03:00 PM
averysmomma05 In NC as long as kids are under 18 one parent can stay home and not take the classes or have a job. I finally got my paperwork situated but in that time I had already increased my income a bit so it was pointless.

Update on me: I am still working 2 jobs but passed out at work and had to be taken to the hospital. Dr says one job must go until baby comes and I need to eat more (I don't eat enough for being pregnant). So, looks like I am about to quit one job that I just went back to a few months ago and loose $$ but will be worth it.
09-21-2014 02:55 PM
sillysapling
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Originally Posted by heyxxmcfly View Post
I wish this would happen for me. It seems like I'm one of those State Aid Horror Stories. Ds' s insurance and my food stamps were cancelled again this month. For no reason. And every time I go to call I get skipped to a voicemail that doesn't even take messages. D:
Ugh, that's awful. Is it possible to go in person? I've found that's the only way to deal with DSS and even then it's iffy at best.

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In many states getting SNAP may also require one or both of you to participate in a work search program and working a certain amount of hours per week.
If you have two parents in the house, I've never seen a state that doesn't require both to work. The only exception is that, after having a baby, one parent can be exempt for a certain period of time.

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It sounds like you'd be better off just going to food banks unless your ready to cash in your 401k and empty your bank account which they will make you do. Getting aid really puts you through the ringer and you can't really have any assets, you are literally living on the edge once you get to that point. Wish I had better news for you
This. Public assistance sucks. And that's without mentioning that you have two choices to apply: put in an application and hope it gets there, or a multiple hour long wait in an office that's only open during business hours, so if both parents are working then one of you has to take time off work and you have to either pay a babysitter or take the kids with you (don't worry- most people there have young children with them, too). And they do often "lose" your paperwork. I've walked in, handed the paperwork to the receptionist because I couldn't give it to my worker directly, and a month later found out it was "lost" (they wouldn't tell me until a month later). I've had them lose materials that I gave them and saw them put scan into the @#$#@ computer. Or the calling process that requires you to sit on hold for 5 hours. Or the snippy social workers who see you as nothing but a lazy waste of tax-payer money and refuse to look at the whole picture.

Also, there's generally at least a month that they have to "process" your application, so you wouldn't be getting benefits now. (and if they "lose" your application, then it's a month from the time they actually get it) If there's any chance of you getting a better job in a few months' time, it's entirely possible that they won't even have sorted out your benefits before you get a new job that means you no longer need it anyways.

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If you have kids under 5 WIC would be a good option for you at least.
Definitely agree.
09-21-2014 11:20 AM
elliha Uhhh... My husband was supposed to do some repairs to the car today, more maintenance than absolutely urgent but the type that will make the car work for longer and hopefully mean we might be able to actually sell it later on rather than taking it to be demolished. He is good with cars and his friend who was helping is a trained mechanic but the things that they needed to change was stuck and in trying to get it out the only thing they accomplished was trashing another part... The new part is not extremely expensive but it is still the equivalent of 60 dollars down the drain. I really hope they manage to fix it for real later on this week.
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