I'm a 24 year old mother of 2 kids under 4. My husband works full time at a restaurant, and is lucky to bring in $1000 a month. Also, we are having $120 monthly garnished from his wages for a $400 tax bill. I work as much as I can, as we can't afford daycare and DH and I need to alternate schedules. I do home health care, medical transcription, and babysitting. I'm lucky if I bring in $500 a month.
We pay $600 a month in rent. We are 3 months behind due to unforeseen circumstances that took our money. We are 2 months behind on water and power. Our heat, hot water, and stove run on propane, and we have not had any of those for well over 6 months. If I need to bathe the kids, I heat water on a hotplate. Dh and I just grin and bare it in a cold shower. And heat, we use a space heater but some days we wake up to a 45 degree house.
We are SO SO SO fortunate to be receiving food stamps or we would starve. We will also be getting a $200 check for heating in february, but the least amount of propane the company will deliver is 100 gallons for $400 dollars, and in winter, if we do use heat, it doesn't last long.
Our car is on it's last leg, we don't even have registration for it right now. I feel like we will be evicted any day. Our landlord has been SO understanding, but how much can he let slide? We owe for 3 months totaling $1800.
Every day is a struggle just to survive, and we have been living this way for several years. EVERY DAY is a struggle just ot have gas to get to work, or toilet paper for the bathroom. We do very well of protecting our children from all of this. Most of the time, if my daughter wants yogurt or on a special occasion ice cream from McDonald's, we find a way to do it.
But we are at a point where every day is fear of when we will get evicted, an what we will do if that happens. We have no one for help. My mom is not reliable and DHs family lives 2,500 miles away. They've sent money when they can, but they are older and don't have much money. And it isn't their responsibility anyway.
What do we do? We seriously can't cut back on anything. We don't have home phone, internet, or cable. We don't own nice things that we can sell or pawn. We pawned the one thing we do have, which is hubbys guitar, and we are going to lose it on the 3rd of Dec. unless I come up with $160 to get it out. This guitar is very special to us, and that will be sad but it's just an item. We don't go out out eat, we don't buy clothes, movies, entertainment. Both of us are actually still wearing clothes from 6 years ago. I consider buying groceries a luxury.
I'm not trying to whine .. but then again I am. I hold it all in for so long i feel like I need to complain to someone .....
If anyone has any advice, please let me know. The biggest issue right now is getting help to pay our rent. But i don't know of any agency that does that?
Asked by Anonymous at 12:46 PM on Dec. 1, 2010 in Money & Work
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