See what CafeMoms are saying about saving time this holiday season..
I am a single, disabled, stay-at-home mom of 2girls (one of which lives with me and the other lives with my mom (of course not by my choice)). I am raising my youngest, which is 11. We have been homeless several times, which is where we are sort of at once again. I am on SSI disability payments, my daughter's SSA (from her father's disability) and her child support. We only have approx. $1,200 a month to live on each month. We also tend to live in either/or dangerous places or unhealthy places for her entire life. Right now we are crashing on my mom's couch. And there is a time limit to how long we can remain here. And our expiration date is nearly upon us (like by this weekend stretching it we have til next weekend). So cause of this knowledge I had to seize the first place that was affordable, sort of. Well it is a 2/1 trailer that is $550 a month. But, wait as all mom's here know that isn't all the expenses there is to moving: the deposit on the place$200; electric deposit$345; u-haul rental of up to$100; gas in the u-haul $2.94 a gallon right now here in FL; phone bill$125; Aarons (I cannot give up my computer cause that is the only thing that gets me thru all the insanity in and around my life, plus I have only 3 payments left then it's all mine)$138; then food for the month (when I only get $143 in food stamps) $350 +; laundry washing and drying for the entire month$3 for both per load; buses (if they are possilbly near where the trailer is)$1.50 each way/per bus for my tickets and $.75 each way/per bus for my daughter; misc expenses UNKOWN amt. So as you can see I don't have enough money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so scared that I'm losing alot of sleep and really not eating either. See, I have numerous medical and mental health issues that are crippling at times several at once: fibromyalgia, arthritis, GERD, 2 bulging discs ( one in my cervical and one in my lumbar regions of my spince), neuropathy, IBS, insomnia, menopausal/peri-menopause, ADD/ADHD, anxiety disorder, depression. So I can't physiscally even move my stuff myself so I'm having to pay others to move me. What scares me the most is that I have no one or no way to come up with the electric deposit and I don't even know which trailer I' m moving into cause that landlord promised me a unit that I couldn't get in to to look at cause there is ppl in there now and the sherriff is serving them re-possession papers Mon. morning. If there is a problem he is gonna give me a different unit located in his trailer park. I don't have everything we NEED to even live there: a place for me to lay my head or a place for me to put my clothes (THANK GOD my daughter has those at least), food to eat there or cleaning stuff, dish drainer or sponge to wash dishes with, and 95% of our clothes are dirty cause where we lived there wasn't working washers or dryers and no one would help us get to the laundry matt.. I FEEL LIKE SUCH A LOSER AND BAD PARENT for not being able to provide my daughter with everything she needs... I sure could use a friend or two....... I really don't have anyone I can turn to for advice and what not.. So PLEASE BE MY FRIEND(S). Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!