im so embarassed, my parents help us out all the time, even though i insist she doesn't. yesterday she came over and took my electric bill and demanded our cell phone bill but i honestly couldn't find it, ill just have to pay it online. they pay half our rent and our internet/home telephone bill (home phone is a requirement for internet, which i told her i didn't need but she wanted me to have it cause my oldest enjoys playing online educational games lol) she pays for my oldest's schooling (which she doesn't need yet either, she can start vpk next year, but she wants her to have the 'experience') and i constantly just feel terrible that we can't make it on our own.
we are a family of 5 with a 1700/monthly income. ive tried applying for foodstamps and medicaid, but we "make too much" due to the unsteady and not always sure $400/monthly my oldest daughter is supposed to get in child support.
all of these things, the three children, the expensive phones which would cost an arm and a leg to deactivate, the apartment, our vehicles, we purchased BEFORE we found ourselves in this rough spot (he was honorably discharged from army due to bullet injury in knee) and now we have all these things but can't afford them.
luckily i am able to give my kids a nice, cheap Christmas thanks to kmart layaway. i am not able to give a nice Christmas to my parents, the people who have been our financial rock and have helped us through every rough spot we've been in.
i can't afford to work, 3 kids in daycare would cost more than i could make at work.
to make matters worse, we have to go back up to GA for two days coming up soon for more court stuff involving my dh. just when we thought it was over, they messed up the state in which his probation was supposed to take place and now are re-sentencing him to get it right this time. so that's more gas and hotel money that we just don't have, and will ultimately have to borrow from his grandma, who's husband just passed away and neither of us feel right asking her for money.
all i can do is budget, clip coupons, do what i can to keep our electric bill as low as possible, etc etc. ive done everything i can do save money and we still end up behind every single month.
im not asking for judgment or bashing. i just need to vent about this to someone! i feel so stressed and anxious all the time! if it weren't for my parents we would be out on the street. :(
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