Trying to pull it together

Hello readers

I have not been back for a while as I am still trying to extend my blog to places where it will make a difference. Eh, who am I kidding, I haven’t done much I’ve been too busy EARNING TO GET BY! And with Christmas just around the corner I have been trying to squeeze each last cent even more. As I mentioned I am in school as well since my employer mandates an advanced degree now so that has been keeping me busy as well with my final coming up next week. I did manage to get some time in to do some money saving things this past weekend though. I hosted Thanksgiving dinner here so I had the turkey carcass that I made 6 quarts of turkey broth from, I made 5 crock pot meals for under $60 for my entire family (of 5 including my heavy eater hubs) and I got out hunting with my hubs and oldest son. Hubs got a deer already and rather than paying to have it butchered we are attempting to do it ourselves. Its going great so far but a lot of work and a lot of mess! There has been some bad weather here as well this past week which also means even more planning and money spent because everything is harder when we are inconvenienced. I’m essential personal at my job almost an hour away so working in this weather gives me panic attacks since when we got our cars we opted for the better gas mileage driving so far to work over built “tough”.

I also planted a bunch of “leftovers” to grow over the winter on my windowsill and actually have some decent growth! I’m excited about harvesting the real product eventually. Trying to come up with Christmas gifts for two almost twelve year olds with no money to spend is hard. They both want video games systems and while I’m not totally opposed, I only have about $300 to spend between them and that wouldn’t even cover a system so it looks like finding other ideas. The only other feasible idea they have given us is nerf guns. So I’ve gotten those, but am totally lacking in other ideas since they no longer play with many “toys”. Anyone out there have ideas? They occasionally play action figures and legos but they seem to be outgrowing that as well (One of them is very mature and the other is a bit immature for his age-still wants to wear costumes and feety jammies to the grocery store and play with stuffed animals etc) so pleasing them both is a task. Ugh. I love this time of year but wish I had more time and money to devote to it. Anyway, nothing real exciting today, no big rants, just tired exhausted Mom trying to keep her readers around! Oh, I am trying to go “no poo” and am on my 3rd week of transition…that is quite interesting and money saving…. check it out. If all goes well I will post my results!

Have a good week readers and if you come up with anything new, let me know! Also, please “follow” and “share” my page to help me increase followers so we get more money saving ideas and tips here!

I woke up broke today

…And every day. How about you? I know many people besides me HAVE to be working class, HARD WORKING working class that is, and maybe even educated and can barely scrape by. That’s IF you can scrape by. We barely are. And I don’t know where else to cut back.

Hi. Welcome to my blog. I am frustrated with the way my life is less than that of someone living in poverty most days, I worry about putting food on the table, or telling my kids, “sorry there’s no food left for a large meal, going to bed hungry tonight”. Yet I am educated. I have a GOOD job! Seriously, I make $25/hour! Yet we’re broke. We don’t spend on ANYTHING extra. I can’t remember the last time we went on a date that wasn’t just a nature hike because we can’t afford it. We don’t go to movies. We don’t eat out. We don’t drink. My fiance chews tobacco, but he has cut his consumption down to 2 cans every 8 days. That’s less than $7 a week. And I have to say, money woes are WHY he chews. We can’t afford expensive gadgets, we only have one computer and two TV’s (though one was a hand me down for the kids to watch videos and we all only watch things on the main TV anyway). We are going to have to get rid of our satellite, and that is after we already called and got them to reduce us to the basic package. We have cell phones that are several years old and no house phone. We keep our thermostat at 67 degrees in winter (lower when we’re not home during the day) and 78 degrees in summer and really try not to turn the AC on. Our mortgage is over $950 a month. That’s one of my whole paychecks directly to that! We eat generic brand food, and use store brand toilet paper. We cloth diaper to save TONS of money. I breast feed as well. We drive cars with good gas mileage so we never spend more than $30 to fill a tank and we try to stretch it and make that last all week for our trips to work. We can’t afford car insurance. We have two credit cards each with no more than $275 on them. I buy produce at a local farmers market to try and keep my weekly spending on all groceries below $70. Nearly impossible with a hungry man and 3 growing boys (2 pre-teen) at home. Ok listing the money we don’t have is depressing, I’m going to stop- you get the picture, we DONT spend frivolously.

Yet we have bill collectors calling us. We have to pick and choose what bills will and wont get fully paid each month. We have to scrape buy on that grocery budget and try to raise some of our own food (I garden, he hunts, we have free ranging chickens). And I worry and stress about money Every. Single. Minute.

What I don’t get is, the people I know (many of them) that have one spouse who chooses to stay home even when children are in school and one working, that have money to spend on new clothes, going out, concerts, girls nights/guys nights out, new toys for the kids, all sorts of junk food/healthy organic food ($$$), second cars, etc. I know some of them receive government assistance. Some don’t. Yet they are all making it, not turning their cable off, keeping their houses warmer etc. How?! And how is that right? I did what you are supposed to do, I got educated, worked hard, got a good job, and yet here I am still broke more than families working minimum wage jobs.

I know many of them have family help (I don’t). But some don’t. So what is going on in the world???

I’m tired of it. I’m tired of fighting the anxiety. Are you?

This blog is going to be a place to openly discuss this irrational reality that is the lower middle class. I may post cheap recipes, or money saving ways to do things. I may just rant about it. I may ask you what you want to discuss on the matter, and we’ll discuss it. Either way, this is the place for those of you like me that feel alone. Like “this CAN’T be happening to me, I’ve got a good job!”

Join me on this journey to try and make it. And maybe one day we’ll wake up…not so broke.