Surviving On One Income

@KrauseHome (35517)
United States
April 19, 2018 12:47am CST
Quite the impossible thing to do anymore unless you get lucky and get a really good paying job. And then you need to Pray and hope nothing ever happens to your health or that job to change things. Unfortunately, this is not like back in the day when you could get a job and expect to be there 30 yrs and retire. Now you have to prove yourself daily and hope your health or the economy does not come crashing down around you. Especially when you are raising a family with some kids. How many jobs does your household have, and working from home, or being a delivery driver for some extra cash counts? Is it enough, or are you always looking for and wanting something more? My husband works full time, and now drives for Uber eats. I am on Disability but earn $$ selling on eBay etc and have my own business. So you see we try to keep things going to where we can surivive for sure. And it is not always easy. ~~TINA~~
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@mlgen1037 (29626)
• Manila, Philippines
19 Apr
There is nothing easy in this world and we have to find ways to survive. But you know what as long as you are not relying on somebody to feed you and you are striving to have a good life and be happy, then it does not matter what other will think or say. Just continue having the life and one it will all be good.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Amen with that one. So many times people need to learn it is up to them to survive and be happy. And the more ways you can find to do this, the happier you will be
@NJChicaa (46365)
• United States
19 Apr
My husband and I both have full time jobs. We live in a state with a very high cost of living so 2 incomes is a must.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Things are very hard here too. Cost of living is Crazy and prices of everything keeps on skyrocketing. Makes me wish I could still work besides relying on sparse online income at times. But at least we have Uber Eats and Door Dash to help suppliment.
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@NJChicaa (46365)
• United States
15 Sep
@KrauseHome It is always shocking to me how much the grocery bill is when the cart is not even close to being half-full. I buy very little meat and no processed food. Just vegetables, a bit of fruit, a bit of meat, and a bit of dairy. . . the odd bag of dried beans, pasta, etc. Always over $100 and usually closer to $150. For just 2 people.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
@NJChicaa I know and then even still when you get home, or at least us we are like Darn I forgot this, or I forgot that, and it ends up costing you another $50 or $60 just to finish with what you need for the next 2 weeks at most.
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@sw8sincere (5125)
• Philippines
19 Apr
I have a full-time job yet I am still searching for more opportunities online to buy things I want and to save up money.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Finding things to do online that is actually going to work is a hard one. There are a lot of Scams, but I have done well with selling on eBay over the yrs
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@carexing25 (1820)
• Philippines
19 Apr
that's definitely how my thoughts are running right now.. "hope and pray nothing happens to health" coz there's no budget and I don't have the plan to set aside some budget for it..
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
The main issue is things have become so expensive anymore it is hard to save up for the hard times and find enough ways just as is to keep the money you need coming in
@just4him (127252)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Apr
It's just me and my Social Security and no, it's not easy.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
13 May
At least you got other ways like your Writing to bring in some other money as well
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@just4him (127252)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 May
@KrauseHome It doesn't bring in very much. I don't make royalties every month, but it would be nice if I did.
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@Chazzygal (439)
• Botswana
19 Apr
the great thing is that if you see your situation and want to change it then you are on the right track. the most important thing is that you are trying your best to help your husband and i am sure he is very happy and appreciative of your effort to help. people like you are an inspiration to the youth a reminder that life is what you make out of it! thank you for sharing.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes, and just wish more people, especially the younger ones could learn from this situation and want to do more to keep the money coming in instead of always relying on everyone else.
@Jessabuma (33192)
• Baguio, Philippines
19 Apr
Always good luck to you... I know you can do it.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
It's always a little bit of struggle, and not always easy but things continue to happen just when we need them the most.
@iridion9 (10207)
• Philippines
19 Apr
life is tough sometimes
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes it is, and that is why it is important to keep on pushing no matter what
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@Berrygal (5458)
19 Apr
It isn't easy as the economy is biting but it still good
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@Daelii (5942)
• United States
19 Apr
Its hard! My husband works and I'm a stay at home mom. The only way we could do this is because we both work hard to save money where we can. No big fancy phone bills. We dont have a new car. We saved up to buy a used one. I coupon and buy a ton used / make our own. We have what we need and most wants.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes it is hard. You learn to scrimp and save like never before, and even find ways to earn money when you can just to help make ends meet
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@Daelii (5942)
• United States
16 Sep
@KrauseHome I'd be working at that point! I actually worked for a while with my oldest going with sitters or hubby during my shifts. If we couldn't live comfortable on Hubby's income, I wouldn't be at home.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
18 Sep
@Daelii Well, I have Fibromyalgia and it gets worse as I get older, so many days I cannot stand much for very long, and then if I sit too long, it makes it even worse. So I had to go on Disability and make $$ online or selling stuff locally as well as us doing Uber Eats together
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@Courtlynn (55300)
• United States
19 Apr
Most I know can't make it with 2-3 people in a household working. My mom and brother work "real" jobs while I babysit, sell avon, sell on fb, and do online things. We're not always caught up on cable and lights, because my brother doesn't help out like he used to. But we always have our rent paid, car insurance paid, phones paid, and have money for gas and food. Plus we once in awhile put money aside for a little fun [ice cream, movies, bowling, new clothes]. And will usually at least pay something towards the cable and lights. But here is also more expensive than most other parts of the state. And where we live we have winter protection for lights from November to March. So they won't be shut off if not paid inbetween then, but have to be 100% caught up by April. Though, we have only gone one month each year without paying anything during that time. And that's only like $70.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
9 Aug
Yes many times here it has been month to month and sometimex disconnect notice etc. But you make do until there are better times
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@Shavkat (65268)
• Philippines
19 Apr
It sounds a difficult time. As for me, I humbly say that I have a good job for now. However, I still do some part-time jobs.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
9 Aug
Anymore it almost takes some form of another job or inline income etc to be able to do extra things ine enjoys.
@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Apr
I've read since this that delivering Uber eats has been very beneficial to you. That is great news.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
15 Sep
Yes it has been financially rewarding and helped us get caught up with Bills, and even a little ahead in case of emergencies
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@JudyEv (134905)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Sep
@KrauseHome It must be a great relief to get caught up with bills. Having outstanding accounts can really wear you down.
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
20 Sep
@JudyEv We're getting there. It does feel bettdr
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@Paradon (2080)
• Pattaya, Thailand
20 Apr
Hi Tina!! I am on a limited budget and get bye pretty well with my "System". When I get my money, I pay my rent and other small bills and divide the remainder by the number of days left until my next money comes in. This way I know everyday how much money I can spend.
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• New Baltimore, Michigan
19 Apr
Not easy at all. My car unexpectedly had some kind of rear tire problem and locked up, wouldn't drive. Now I'm out $200 to get it fixed and I doubt I'll make it to the end of the month. Thank God for Armour Lunchmakers, one dollar a piece. Those can keep you alive for days (and thin.) Oh well.
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@PatZAnthony (13057)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Sep
Many live on little incomes and so many have to do without what they need. Dr. and medical necessities can cripple a budget
@id_peace (7633)
• Singapore
13 May
It is very difficult to survive on just one income. I am working on multiple sources of incomes
@miketagz (7489)
• Philippines
21 Apr
Never to depend on single income but at least you earn on home than commuting on office.