Poor but honest
I just joined this community this evening at the recommendation of a friend. I'm delighted to see most of the tips for making the most of one's dollar. What disheartens me is seeing things like the following: (At a fast-food restaurant) "Ask for water and fill the cup with pop when they're not looking." (Also at a fast-food restaurant) "Whenever you are in any type of fast food restaurant, grab a handful of the condiments (salt, pepper, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, napkins, straws, etc.). I sometimes even just run in and grab a few handfuls and run out if I need something." I realize that this community, like all others, will attract its share of trolls; trolls are ideally to be ignored, since, if they don't get what they come for, they generally go away. But I would request that we share skills for being poor *and honest* and making it, rather than scams. I may not have much, but I do have pride. I am 44 and have been married for a bit less than 3 months. Until recently, my husband, who is 52, was a full-time student. He's currently looking for work as a Network Administrator. I've also been supporting his 20 year old daughter, who is also unemployed and looking, for the past 3 months. I work for a small games company. It's fun, but it's a start-up, and doesn't always pay regularly. Making ends meet on one paycheck - especially when it's less than half of what I made formerly, when the economy was better - is difficult; when that paycheck doesn't appear at all, because the company is in a major cash crunch, it's nearly impossible. We have done without, made do, and bought in bulk when we do have money, and I'll be delighted to share some of our tips and tricks in the future.