No Income Until May, I need help!
I work a seasonal job at an amusement park, since I'm in college. I'm finding out that my student loan refund money is running very low, and my job won't start until April 30th. Therefore, I won't get my first paycheck this year until May 6th. I've got exactly $931.01 in my bank account. Rent will come out twice before that paycheck, totalling $650. That leaves me $281.01. My water bill (after being split with my fiance) is always below the minimum usage for the month, and will be $10.50. Paying that twice more, will take me down to $260.01. Next is cable. We have only basic cable, because we live in the mountains, and can get no signal without it. I would cut it off, but they charge a fee, so keeping it is the most cost effective for now. That may come out twice before my next paycheck, and will total $29.24 for two months. That leaves me $230.77. Next is the electricity bill. We rarely have the heat on. We use sweats and gloves and such instead. The lights stay off unless absolutely needed. Anything not being used is always off, or unplugged if it won't be used for a while. My electricity bill usually ranges (my half of it) from approx. $23-$31. If I assume the average, which may be payed twice before my next paycheck, it will leave me $176.77. Finally, my cellphone bill. It is rather expensive, but we have no landline phone. The plan I have allows me in-network calling that doesn't use minute. It allows me to call my parents, brother, and fiance without using minutes. I don't have text-messaging or any of those charges. My bill is usually approx. $53.50. That leaves me $123.27. Right now, I have a full tank of gas (bought it the day before yesterday, when I found a gas station about 5 cents cheaper than the rest, because I knew it'd go up, which it did). Though I don't do a lot of driving, I do have to drive to tutor twice a week, and I may need to travel once this month about 2.5 hours away for a school project. If I can manage to only fill up 1-1.5 times, I should spend around $30. That leaves me $93.27. I still have yet to buy food with this money. Currently in my apt., to feed two of us, I have 1 box velveeta shells & cheese, 1 small can veg. baked beans, 2 packs frozen chicken breasts (3 per pack), 1 box rice-a-roni, about 2.5 cans of vegetables or beans, 4 small cans of peaches, about 1/4 bag animal crackers, 4 nutri-gran bars, 2/3 box of generic cheerios cereal, 2 packets of wyler's light sugarfree lemonade mix, and 1 piece of sugarless gum. All of this food was bought at least 2-3 weeks ago, so we haven't bought groceries in a while. Do you think this could possibly be stretched for the next 7.5 weeks between 2 people? The bad part is, I'm hypoglycemic and have to eat about every 2-3 hours, or I pass out. I've gotten good at eating small things, just enough to keep my blood sugar up, but this still puts a dent in the food. Any ideas for ways to save money/stretch this food? Thanks for the help!