It seems like it would be impossible!
me and my husband is doing it now, we make a little over $1,400 a month without any help from family or food stamps, so that is a little over $17,000 a year. trust me it is hard and yes some months we go with out food for half of the month.
What??? Of course its possible! I live (me and my two girls) on my income, which last year was about $24,000. I get $376 a month in CS, but that still doesnt bump up my income that much. I would LOVE to live off $40,000 right now!
We have less- a LOT less- than that coming in including welfare, food stamps and my student loans which barely cover school.
So yeah, you can figure it out even without welfare.
I do now
It's not impossible. It's not fun, but it's not impossible, at least not in AL. My husband and I have two children and for many years, he was the sole breadwinner earning just under $40K/year. We lived on mostly ramen, hot dogs, and macaroni, but we lived without assistance from anyone.
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