I too, am divorced mom of one with no family help in my area. I have a night job waitressing. The money is up and down but it barely covers the bills. I will try to keep this job as I go through my LPN program. If I can't for some reason, the only being that if affects my grades, then I'll take out a loan.
im hoping that I won't have to at this point, because I wanted to save the loan option for a private college when I go to get my BSN. I'm going to calculate my expenses, and get what I need to cover them. I'll ask my Mom to keep me in check and I plan to run everything by her to 'keep me honest'. Lol
I'm going to cut back on as much as I can. Thankfully, in living a slightly meager life as is. 14 year old car, the cheapest rent I could find in a decent school district for my child. I'm thankful that she is old enough to understand the process, and things will be tight before they get better.
I dont one watch cable, but she does so I keep that so she doesn't have to sacrifice everything in her childhood. Good luck to us all.