What are the most number 1 important needs to be able to live on our own? I just got food stamps so that is okay. I can not believe this stupid economy how down and out it is! But I want to know what your advice is.
Here is a list of what I think is the number 1 most important
Rent/ water is 832 a month
Electricity Bill between 80 and 110 But I am trying to keep it down right now!
Car Insurance 210 right now for full coverage but we are going to just have liability it's only like 80 or 100 bucks a month with family insurance.
Our Food stamps :) Thank goodness
Some gas money for my husbands job 90 dollars
And extra money to save for our personal needs. Extra money for household items, diapers wipes, light bulbs/ checking, savings, tithing, kids saving accounts, and for dr. bills. Anything helps, even if we just put 5 to 10 bucks tawards these.
Would that cover this?
Am I on the right track? Also my husband smokes!And is not willing to quit, but is willing to cut back by not smoking a ton! We are almost a family of 4
Asked by Anonymous at 11:51 AM on Feb. 11, 2011 in Money & Work
Answer by AdensMama0308 at 11:55 AM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by Misteh at 11:55 AM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 12:03 PM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by vicesix at 12:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2011
I had to quit my dream career 3 days ago due to the stresses of being a counselor.
You quit your job and are now thinking about how to survive only making $1000 a month. You should have thought about that before quitting. You could have at least found another job before quitting and now your family is going to suffer because of it. It sounds like you need to start looking for a job asap!
Answer by Anonymous at 12:05 PM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by MChildressDem at 12:07 PM on Feb. 11, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Feb. 11, 2011
Sales and coupons are going to be your best friends. I have been using both for years, even before my husband went on disability. After our bills are paid, I barely have any money left to buy groceries (MIL gets 49 in food stamps and SIL contributes some of hers b/c she stays here) but I use coupons and sales and always managed to have enough to feed the four of us all month. When the grocery strore sales ads come, I get my pen and paper and start combing the ads for the best deals.
I agree with whoever said unplug things when not using. Things like TVs, computers, etc. When you turn them off and that red/green light stays on, they are using power. If possible, only do laundry once a week and use cold water. Trust me, cold water gets the clothes just as clean as hot water.
Good luck. Things will get better.
Answer by SpiritedWitch at 12:18 PM on Feb. 11, 2011