This is what i spend my kids ssi on...Bash Away Bi****
I'm pretty much a typical stay at home mom. I'm there for my kids everyday when they get home from school and I love it. I don't feel bad for not working because I like being home with my kids.
I get $1488 a month ..the rent is $430 a month and includes all utilities because its public housing and its a really nice building for new york city ..very safe and family friendly neighborhood...I love it actually . Our verizon fios bill is $190 a month and my cell phone is $50 a month.
Our foodstamps was cut in half to $230 a month so now I pay an additional $200 cash for groceries ....
I put $100 a month into savings as our emergency fund ...
We don't have or need a car so the rest of the money which is $500 is our vacation money.
I take my kids to disney world or universal studios once a year ..sometimes twice if I can swing a budget trip.
The year before I was able to take them on a 4 night disney cruise.. it was really tight. We couldn't afford excursions or extras but they had such an awesome time . It was around $2100 for the cruise...airfare was $600 but my mom paid for that she also paid for her portion of the cruise.
My mom has terminal cancer so right now the $500 a month is being put away to send her to las vegas which she wants to go to so bad but can't afford it.. I love my mom . My kids know the vacation fund is going toward my mom this year and her trip to vegas for mother's day . They're going too ...I'm trying to save enough for airfare/hotel for all of us. They're really excited for this surprise for my mom and they've been recycling for extra cash .
That's how we spend our money around here. During the months of september and december we don't contribute to the vacation fund at all. September is school clothes/supplies and december is Christmas . They still believe in Santa Clause so I spend $500 on gifts for them....one big present each and a bunch of little presents .