Please no bashing! I feel stuck!
I haven't worked in a week as I was let go due to not being able to comply with a forced schedule change to work until 11pm, putting me to be home by midnight (I worked a good paying job far from home). I'm a single mom (of course, or else I wouldnt be in this group). I was struggling as it was because of the reduced hours at work, but I was making it work. I was used to bringing home $900+ twice a month (900 per check, semi monthly) then with reduced hours I was lucky to get $700 each pay check. (this includes after taxes and medical insurance was taken out). That was still good money, but the gas to get there and back was sucking me dry.
Now, my boyfriend that has moved in with me has been off of work all month, battling his FMLA paperwork with the doctors. He has a pacemaker and Friday he had to go to the heart specialist about possibly needing a stint put in. Luckily he didn't have to have that, but the proceedure for the heart cath put him off of work for another 3 days. He finally went back to work, thankfully!
With two car payments, daycare, gas and food - I feel lost! Now the electric bill is due and they gave me an extension. The paycheck I received on the 20th was only 60 hours, where I normally get 90 hours had they not been reduced. Plus, they shorted me 3 hours, which should have been taken care because I addressed that to them as soon as I noticed. They were good and handing out papers before each check to insure our hours were correct as sometimes (more times than not) the computer systems go down. I had $600 and they went fast! I had to pay my car, car insurance, and daycare. I had to pay for his medication (as he's had no income) for his heart.
I just want to know - who else has gone through this and how did you survive?
BTW- I get no child support from my son's bio father. He has never been in the picture and getting him to show up to court has been a losing battle.
I went to a place in town that helps needy families with food and clothing. They also offer an assistance with utility bills, but I'm afraid to go up there.
I have been hitting the pavement like there is no tomorrow in search of a job. I have even gone to the Goodwill Career Solutions center and they have been helping me with a resume and sending me job leads. I'm leaving in a few minutes to go to a couple jobs they sent me last night.
Even before being cut loose from this job, I was applying for part time positions just to make up for lost hours. I hate that this town I live in offers very few jobs. All the jobs are in other towns miles away. The job I had was 52 miles, one direction. I want something closer, but if I have to drive that far for a full time job I will do it again.