For everyone who wishes they could just 'live nicely off the government' because its such an 'easy' life.
When times were tough a while back I got just enough FS for my family if we shopped and Sams with a family members card and got the cheapest staples available. I am talking rice or noodles and beans EVERY SINGLE NIGHT. The only meat we ate was chicken because there is a chicken plant where I live and once a month they sold 40lb boxes for $10. We still paid $350 a month in government housing (which is the average rent price in my town anyways), got no help with utilites and the only ones that had medical care were my daughters. When we got sick we were fucked. Employer did not offer health care. In my state the ONLY cash aid available was is you made $3000 a YEAR or under! The same income limit went for medicaid too. And we only brought in $1100 a month.
750-350 for ALL utilites=400
400-100 for gasoline for the month, (gas hog of a vehicle)=300
300- 100 for household items and diapers/wipes=200
200-100 (to supplement the food we needed later on in the month)=100
100-50 (car insurance)= 50
50-30 (prepaid cell phone we NEEDED since we had no house phone)=$20
$20. Thats it. Is that how you REALLY want to live?!?!?! We were lucky we didnt have a car payment! God forbid if our car had broken down or needed a tire. I pity your 'difficult' life where you can have everything paid on time and live comfortably, oh how difficult that must be! All ya'll must realize its not all rainbows and cupcakes and dancing in the street with our EBT cards. No. It is pure hell. and MOST of the people I know on PA (I know dozens! my town was very hard hit) are in the same predicament that we were in! Didn't abuse, lie, cheat or steal from the govt. They were grateful!
(we are no longer on any assistance, at all. thank god. it was there when we needed it and we needed it for almost 2 years. we used to have 5 industries in our town and were now down to 1, dh got a job at that 1 and we are now living on our own, and there is a tidy emergency sum saved because we NEVER want to be in that posistion again)
Yes I changed the title to make it more interesting :)