Quote from RhiaRN75
To the person who lives well with a family on $19, I ask... how? I'm not being sarcastic, truly. I'm all for being frugal. I use coupons, shop goodwill and the like, almost never dine out, and have cut our budget to the bone. Admittedly, medical bills have hurt us more then anything, but even when those are gone we won't have much breathing room. I'm willing to try almost anything so long as it legal
We are quite frugal to be honest, and we do not have many extras. My husband used to make 30 dollars an hour, when he lost his regular full time employment 2 yrs ago it was a shock to our entire family. I will openly admit that there are times when I have no idea how we are making it. BUT it is possible, we do it. For me the kicker was we were making too much for food stamps on unemployment, well then where was all the money going! That was when we took a hard look at our finances and cut out all the extras. Due to a couple healthy income tax returns we have even managed to pay down our debt while he was unemployed. We are still living in our same home, nice area and adequate.
It is possible to survive on very little you just need to be willing to give up things, unfortunately many people are so accustomed to having things, and luxuries that they do not realize that some of those things are indeed luxuries, not required to live.
I will honestly say, I miss cable, I miss family outings a few times a month, I miss going out to eat once a week, I miss a lot of luxuries we had before. In the long run we will be in a better place though, and those luxuries will mean even more because of the sacrifices we made to ensure our financial stability for the long term.