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How do people survive this economic stress...
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Cynthia Araujo    Posted 08-02-2003 at 20:57:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm a married mother of two boys 1years and 4 years old, I can't even afford clothes or food,
I've been looking for jobs everywhere in Macon Georgia, My husband suffers from Diabetes and he
is always at the doctors office while I tend the kids, everything els I started selling carepackages but no avail... I have faith that god will provide amen. But when your child is hungry, We can't go on welfare because I'm Married and they only give 300.00 a month, Sorry to vent...Just gets me mad sometimes these foreigners have cars and etc while I'm homeless
with two babies, praying for a miracle... Well just want you to tell me how do you do it?

Paula    Posted 08-04-2003 at 05:56:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Went through a bit of a crisis myself a few years ago.
Granted I've no children but maybe some of this would
help you.

1. Sit down and make out your entire budget. How
much money is coming in and account for every cent
going out. This is useful for a number of reasons:

first if you're like anyone else you really don't know
where the money's going (down to the penny) and
would be surprised how you might be nickel and
diming yourself into the hole.

Second, its very empowering to know how much you
have to spend - then you're not worried when you're
putting gas in the car or a child asks for candy at the
store (because you know that you have EXACTLY

2. Cut out all the unecessaries - like fast foods,
prepackaged meals, the newspaper (read it at the
library), etc. This is very traumatic because we've
learned we can't live with so many things.

3. Make changes in meal plans. Buy bulk rice, flour,
etc. Make your own bread - its cheaper, and probably
better than the bread you buy. Make decisions on
where you're going to get your nutrients. For instance,
egg is cheaper than meat (especially if you know
someone who raises chickens) and is a complete
protein. Dried beans and brown rice are cheaper than
canned beans or boxed white rice, but are more
nutritionally valuable, for example. Fresh fruit is
expensive and doesn't keep - buy canned (packed in
juice with added citric acid).

4. If you have the space, grow your food. "Square Foot
Gardening" is a great introduction to intensive
gardening (where you can get so much out of a small

5. Freeze and can. High acid stuff like tomatoes are
easier to can than low acid stuff (less complicated).

6. If you have a vehicle, use it rarely. Walk or take
public transportation if its available. Gas is one of those
nickel and dime expenses.

I don't know you or your situation. These are just steps
I took when I was broke. Don't know if they'll help you.
Heck I lost thirty pounds doing it. Of course I'm back in
the black now and as fat as ever LOL.

Good luck,

DL    Posted 08-03-2003 at 09:37:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Apparently your life need fundamental change. First, use contraceptive. Otherwise you will have two more before you know it. Second, you sounds like someone who needs constant good advice. You can get it ONLY from your parents(for most parents). It may be a good idea to move back with your parents. They will help you take care of the kids so you can go to work. Start from the minimum wage and work your way up. There is no easy way. God only help those who help themselves.

Cindi    Posted 08-03-2003 at 04:19:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was in your position I started keeping kids at home. It's hard work, but if you keep a clean house and keep your rates reasonable you can do it. I don't know what your local maximum is for keeping kids without a license but here I think it's five kids. If you kept as many as three at 60.00 a week thats 180.00 a week. You can pick and choose ages, and if you feed them economically, you can make fairly good money. If your oldest isn't in head start or pre k, he/she soon will be and it won't be long before you can add another child.

Now if you don't want to keep small kids, you can keep so many over the age of six in an after school program. 25.00-30.00 a week per child. The number of kids go up if you are only keeping them so many hours a week.

Another thing I did was a grocery shopping service. I put an ad in the paper. I would go and pick up a list and the money or check or whatever and go do the shopping. The fee was twenty dollars or ten percent of the grocery bill, whichever was greatest. There are tons of elderly out there who would just as soon not go to the store themselves and if you pay close attention and get them exactly what they ask for you have a job for life. Plus you have your handicapped and agorophobics. Just a couple of suggestions.

Jimbob    Posted 08-03-2003 at 04:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not quick cash, however if you can take the 2-week course on keeping medical records/billing this pays well. Doctors & dentists are contracting out this work. The class is usually $450 to get certified. It pays about $12 an hour at home. You already have the computer.

Another is cleaning houses. Up here one gets between $45 to $65 per house. An ad in a newspaper, especially a small 'town crier' type paper in an upscale neighborhood works well.

Jimbob    Posted 08-03-2003 at 03:16:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some fallback on their parents for a loan or gift (in most cases). Rest go on SSI or some type of wealfare. Most are not married either as it makes receiving benefits easier.

In my case, I had a lot of money in the bank. I got a new job last week, but was in no rush for it. Post your resume on the internet sites. Or, go to garage sales/auctions & post items found for sale on eBay. I made as much as $2.5K profit per month. But, you have to know what people want. Can't sell a CB radio too easy right now.

Note: The $20/Mo internet cost burb is out of line.

Kentucky    Posted 08-03-2003 at 01:10:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well for one thing, usually when people are SERIOUSLY in trouble, they can't afford to be playing around on the internet.

JDK    Posted 08-03-2003 at 01:43:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cheap my opinion.I've personnaly gone thru nine kinds of financial,health,and unemployment he%% in the past yr.The $10 a month for internet I've scraped up ea month is dang cheap stress relief and therapy that kept me from becoming a statistic or guest at the Rubber Ramada.Even cheaper than a beer at the end of the day for a month.

Les    Posted 08-03-2003 at 10:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reality bites, don't it?

Kentucky    Posted 08-03-2003 at 11:33:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Damn straight. Every damn person I see around here whining about how bad they have it still thinks internet, satellite TV, cigarettes and beer are necessities.

Cynthia Ann Araujo    Posted 08-03-2003 at 15:23:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For your information I don't smoke, I don't Drink,
I don't watch tv much I have no cable, no satalite, This internet that I'm using belongs to a business, There no need of unlady like business
on the internet,,, Okay Kentuckey

Willy-N    Posted 08-03-2003 at 00:27:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
My mother did it with 4 kids when my Father died when I was 11 years old. She worked hard and never gave up. Us kids did what we could to make a few bucks for extra stuff. My mother was proud and she just never gave up the battle. Life got better as we got older. I have been broke several times in the past and with hard work you can turn it around, it is not easy but you can do it. Mark H.

Ana    Posted 08-03-2003 at 07:53:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Willy is right, hard work and determination. So many want the "easy life" and throw up their hands, and say "I can't do it". But it can be done. Your children don't need as much as you think they do. I never had new clothes---is there a Salvation Army store nearby? I got hand-me-downs till I was old enough to buy my own clothes. As long as they are clean, what's the problem. Many young women don't want to babysit, but it works when you have small ones of your own. Cleaning offices and homes in the evenings or when your hubby can watch the kids is no fun, but it's honest money. My mom took in laundry and ironing. Set your mind to be successful---you're young---it won't hurt you and being proud of yourself will be good for your children. Go, girl!

DeadCarp    Posted 08-02-2003 at 21:48:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
We recently lost an old neighbor lady, she was a midwife when i was born and she always encouraged young moms. Well, when the couple was in their 20s, her husband took sick and died. I don't know to this day how she did it, (i expect there was venison involved cuz she was a crack shot) but she raised up 3 kids by herself, right thru the Depression. And as my late mom would say "without a lick of help from the government". I say this to illustrate that it CAN be done. All anybody can expect is do the best you can do, Cynthia - i know it's not easy but things always work out - someday you'll look back on it and see that so many things that seem like hardships are really for the better :)

Les    Posted 08-02-2003 at 21:06:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might start by having him take the babies to the doctor with him while you work.

~Lenore    Posted 08-03-2003 at 06:56:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
First and foremost I try to remember and practice Proverbs 3:5-6.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will make your paths straight.

I have found my path through this world has been so much easier (not without problems) since I put my trust in God.

I sometimes wonder how I survived the first half of my life without His saving grace.

DL    Posted 08-03-2003 at 18:40:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Have you heard the story before? Once a priest walking on a narrow mountain road in the night. He slipped and ended up hanging there only with his two hands grappling the edge of the cliff. It's dark and he could not see what's bellow him. He shouted 'Help! Help!' Then he heard a voice 'My son, loose your hands. Let it go'. ' Who are you?' the priest asked. 'I am God' the voice answered. The priest shouted 'Is there someone else up there?'

~Lenore    Posted 08-03-2003 at 19:07:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
:-) LOL
Yes, not the easiest thing to do, is it?
I have found it is the best thing though when I do. When I dont I usually regret it.

I have not always felt this way. At one time I was a dyed in the wool athiest. The second half of my journey has been wonderful compared to the first.

toolman    Posted 08-03-2003 at 14:57:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
very well said lenore ,and very truthfull, thanks.

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