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post #61 of 98 Old 03-05-2013, 11:42 PM
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It's a crying shame. I don't qualify for food stamps, make just enough to pay my bills, but struggle to buy food. Too rich for food stamps, but too poor to buy food.
I hear ya. Try couponing, it *REALLY* helps, once you get the hang of it. I'll PM you the site I use to gather my wits LOL

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post #62 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 12:04 AM
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And the other side of the coin: the ones that want to use the system for its intended use and get turned down. I know two people personally that applied for unemployment to hold them over between jobs (one moved with her little child for a new job and just needed assistance for the 2 months before she started the new job, the other was laid off due to downsizing of company and just wanted some to hold her over while looking for another job and going to school). Both were turned down. Both also had BS degrees. Which BTW don't mean much anymore, so just because you have one doesn't mean you can get a job.

Then I see the 21 year old girls that are delivering their 5th! child... *sigh*
Last year my dad (the main provider for the family) was diagnosed with cancer and spent more than half the year dealing with operations and treatments. He ended up getting his doc to approve him for work early, because we didn't qualify for anything. We aren't a minority group, have never looked for handouts before, so we couldn't get any help. He was going for radiation in his work truck, going and doing his treatment and then going back to the job. Shortly after that he had a heart attack, off work again, and no help.

We did manage to keep our horses, made trades for our hay supply, the horses are on land owned by grandparents, and I pay for the upkeep of the only hard keeper we own (thanks Jackson :roll:), but if I wasn't able to support them, they would have been gone.
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post #63 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 12:25 AM
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I know there is no such thing as an easy fix, but I always thought that if the local government distributed welfare, it would be better. House check before getting welfare, 6 months after, or random checks w/ mandatory drug test. Assisstance finding jobs.
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post #64 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 01:07 AM
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I know this is a difficult subject, but there is something to be said for not living beyond your means. My husband and I had always struggled work wise, and we put ourselves in a lot of debt to get our education. We started working Dave Ramsey's plan about 6 years ago and finally became debt free about 18 months ago. I got my dream of getting a horse and my husband got his dream job( I already had mine, teacher)... Life was finally good(great). That lasted about a year, then due to downsizing, he lost his job.

That was 5 months ago, and his prospects are really great, so I think we are going to be fine. Bottom line though, we had saved and pinched pennies, have emergency funds and went without so that we could endure a break like this. First thing to go was my horse and ALL other non necessities. And now I get to make arrangements and plans to get back what I once had. My future horses are already getting emergency funds of their own!

Peace of mind is worth so much more than people think!
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post #65 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 08:54 AM
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I think that everybody agrees with helping people that are down on their luck. It is just that nobody wants to buy 64 inch flatscreen color TV's for people that are taking government help while the working taxpayer can't afford a TV at all. Please do not feel embarrassed if you need foodstamps or other help to get you back on your feet. Just be embarrassed if you use that money for beer, cigarettes, lotto tickets, a giant TV set, and back to the original subject, to buy a new horse that you can't afford to feed.

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post #66 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 09:05 AM
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How about 'Can't afford to feed or vet your horse....go have kids' seen that one too.......
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post #67 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 09:15 AM
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when i used to work at publix, we'd have people come through with food stamps, but they'd get the most expensive stuff they could. the good cheeses, the best meats, real bakery stuff instead of prepackaged, fresh veggies. then they'd drive off in their mercedes or bmw. i would look at my pbj for lunch and just shake my head.

then theres the lady who would spend HOURS clipping coupons, after her full time job at a dentist office and her four kids (ages2-6) and literally, spend 100 dollars on 500 dollars worth of food, simply through coupons and sales and good planning. the other cashiers hated taking her because it took forever, but i never minded she was doin it on hr own, and doin it right.
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post #68 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 09:32 AM
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I have not yet had time to read this whole thread, but NY HAS to be the WORST place for this. Makes me sick. I will guarantee there are more obese folks (at least in the town I am in!) percapita than anywhere else, and way too many are on "assistance", as they have all sorts of tats (which are expensive, even the ugly monocolor ones they have) and they smoke-at nearly $10 a pack. Buying all sorts of junk food at Wally world, after they park in the handicap spots and use the wheelchair carts because they are so fat they cannot walk. Don't get me wrong-I understand SOME obesity is unavoidable. Not this number of people.

But, as I tell my kids-be careful who you make fun of, since you are most likely related to them, since moms family is from there.........8-/

Off to the gym. lol

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post #69 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 10:54 AM
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Someone needs to give me a crash course in coupons because I never manage to get more than the occasional 50 cents off!
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post #70 of 98 Old 03-06-2013, 11:01 AM
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Someone needs to give me a crash course in coupons because I never manage to get more than the occasional 50 cents off!
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lol I'll pm you too then

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