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Old 12-29-2015, 02:33 PM
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First world problems are real.
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Old 02-24-2016, 08:58 PM
Location: On a Farm & by the sea
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Originally Posted by LowonLuck View Post
We have a Roku. Very little is free, most needs monthly subscriptions to use. We live in a rural area so unfortunately, we only have one provider to choose from.

I just lost 1/3 of my income and we were already in a tight budget. We need extreme savings at this point.
It's a healthy exercise for anyone to periodically go through the budget to eliminate any waste. When you have a "critical" budget need, usually it helps to generate additional income instead of stressing about cutting budget times with minimal impact..... If either you or your spouse/partner have talents or hobbies that could generate additional income, that is a perfect place to start. Photography, crafts, cooking/baking..... If your hobbies can't generate income, you could look at low cost side work options....grass cutting, cleaning service, etc... as a part time income generator.

Wishing you good luck.......
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Old 02-24-2016, 09:03 PM
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Originally Posted by CSD610 View Post
So the preschooler runs your home?
Cut the cable, internet, cell phones and any other luxury items and keep the trash pick up so you are not stealing from others who pay to have their trash picked up.

The preschooler would "die" without cable. Seriously? That's a bad sign right there. Preschoolers don't know what's best for them. That's what parents are for.
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Old 02-26-2016, 09:04 PM
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Do you qualify for food stamps? If not, you can still utilize your local food bank. Many of them also give out toilet paper, soap, toothpaste, etc. You might also check with your utility company to find out how to get assistance with your gas and electric bill. Do you bake? There are now cottage laws in many states where you can sell baked goods from your home with no special licensing or kitchen equipment. Someone mentioned making money off of your hobby. I love making jewelry and I sell it for a nice profit. Can you rent out a room? I doubt that you have an extra room, but have you considered renting out your own bedroom and bunking with the kids until you get through this rough period?

Tough situations do not have easy solutions, but I truly believe that you can get through this and eventually truly prosper. I hope things get better soon.
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Old 02-27-2016, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Yippeekayay View Post
How about you live in a house where the city picks up the trash?

I did that once. Eight people in the house. Trash pickup every other week. Trash containers come in three sizes with a quarterly fee for trash pickup. Landlord chose the smallest container and the lowest cost. Never enough room in that container.
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