How hard is it for you to make ends meet each month?

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Is it a struggle for you to pay your bills each month? Or are things going really well for you and paying the bills is no problem at all?

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Mitzi Agnew Giles

I had a 403B at work, it’s a 401K for nonprofits. My health was totally shattered (working for a majorly dysfunctional hospice plus a wrk related accident kept me off work fo), and I figured out if I dropped my workload to 2 or 3 day a week we should be okay. I did resign to enter the nursing pool, I had placed my health insurance to continue under COBRA. (which meant taaping my retirement savings in the 403B) And my work didn’t use me. They were so shorthanded even with pool nurses that I figured my 2-3 Days /wk would be guaranteed and that would cover my cobra. Well, despite their constant overload of staff with being too shorthanded they refused to use me at all. When they called me to terminate me after 90 days of never being called back, I was able to quote chapter and verse from the employee manual. “It says that a worker who declines an assignment s/he is offered for 90 consecutive days shall be terminated. And I’ve slept with a lawyer for 34 years and am not afraid to use him”)
During that 90 days(actually 120 till my birthday) we lived off resources till we could tap my SS at age 62. I don’t care how dumb it is to take SS from an earlier age than full retirement age. We needed SOMETHING for living on. Until my condition got too bad I couldn’t work at all (and the work assigned me more hours than SS could use without triggering the payment retraction) It just hasn’t been possible to save any more. My $403B plan exhausted my savings last month. So now we’re attempting to live on SS alone(Yes, DH took his ss at age 62 also, 9 months after me.

We used to belong to a grocery co opt group cslled SHARE FLORIDA. For 12.$ a month u got 1or3 cuts
of meat, dry goods and fresh produce. They usually had specials with extra meat or seafood or seasonal items. Suddenly in 2011 the sponsors (Methodist and Baptist churches) rescinded the program. That is my explanation of why I am now living on an inadequate SS income. I WISH we still had SHARE. Angelfood and Bounty Baskets are not close enough to us. I’ll drive two hours to pickup $40 worth of inexpensive groceries. Unlike the gleaning crews who can only donate to HRS so the food doesn’t go to anyone not meeting official poverty levels SHARE FLORIDA allowed everyone to sign up,) I miss them SIGHHH.

Barbara

retired. living on S S. So its pay check to paycheck, what hurts is paying Taxes and Insurance on our stick and brick house.

Sharon B

If I get rid of my house in Florida I would be fine. Taxes and insurance is too much. ..and worrying about hurricanes. Been there and done that with Hurricane Andrew.
Looking at New Mexico for a possible change. I’d also be able to explore the West and the rest of the country so a pre owned Class A is looking better every day for my main home. I still may keep my small travel trailer for exploring the USA and Canada.

Captn John

In my 20s and 30s things were tight. Just when there was a light college started ~~ and a big wedding. Daughters are expensive. I retired at 55 and now at 71 we spend more than ever and it is easy street.

TR Kelley

My partner and i are full timers in our mid50s, we live well on under 30K a year. We work 6 months out of the year in Oregon; we’re festival musicians and he’s a home-builder, we own a communal farm near Eugene. We take care of our health, not obese, non-smokers, simple eaters. We have very few bills (the cell phones, the truck & the 28′ TT , both bought secondhand). We boondock at Imperial LTVA in the winter. Our expenses are low, we’re minimalists. In case of a Big Problem – we have savings and open credit cards with no balances. We started RVing 20 years ago in a beat-up Dodge van, eating beans and noodles. It’s simple but not easy. Don’t spend more than you make. Don’t carry balances on credit cards. Don’t buy toys and doo dads you don’t really need. Yes it’s cute. Put it back on the shelf. What’s more important, your stuff or your time? The older we get, the less nonsense i am willing to put up with. Minimal stuff, lots of time, few obligations. The life of my dreams includes no clocks, to-do lists or calendars, and for several months of the year, i get to do just that; meet people, see places, work on my writing. Some things you can’t change, but many choices are yours if you dig deep and really ask yourself what is necessary.

Vincee

Everything is fine for now. What I am a bit apprehensive about is when I retire next summer. On paper, my misses and I should be fine, However, in my current position, I receive bonuses based on performance that usually are in the thousands of dollars that won’t be there at least four times per year. Budgeting for monthly expenses shouldn’t be a problem including the RV loan and expense. But the unknown as of now is how far the leftover disposable monies will take us in our camping adventures.

Sandy Frankus

Pay check to pay check is fine. Big emergency is terrifying

No good deed unpunished

Just as we adopted two foster kids, we both lost our regular jobs due to [namesake government program] forcing layoffs. Been about 8 years of being defacto tax free due to *losing* 20-30K/year while working. No such thing as retirement or college for kids anymore.

Gigi

While I don’t have such a hard time meeting the bills each month my fear is of having some big expense, that would be hard to deal with.

Jeff

I am not sure how too answer that question right now. We can pay our bills but in the next few weeks it may be hard. The last two weeks the company I work for issued me two bad checks. Yesterday August 23rd the owner came back in and reissue us two new checks. I see on our court records that the boys have a civil case against dad. And the mom’s boys has filed for divorce from the boy’s dad.