- April 23, 2008 at 1:42 pm #260461
I have a friend who cries poor all the time, with bill collectors calling every day, even the utility bill collector coming to their house for a payment before shutting them off…
But her husband makes over $60,000 a year and she brings in about $1300/month on social security…so they don’t qualify for help.
The thing that gets me is that she has 3 working adult boys living in the house….and she has no mortgage, no property tax bill and no homeowner’s insurance because they live in his parents house free of charge.
i truly don’t understand how they can be in such a messy financial place. i would be so financially set!
she does have a habit of ordering things online quite often….and they both smoke cigarettes…(2 packs a day x $6 = $360/month)….have a cell phone plan with 4 people on it….cable TV….
things add up!
Not to say that this has anything to do with anything….your comment just reminded me of this.
— On Fri, 7/25/08, Lucy Anderson wrote:
From: Lucy Anderson
Subject: Re: Budget101.com : help
Date: Friday, July 25, 2008, 10:40 AM
If you are comfortable with answering:
How do you get poor enough to have utilities shut off, but not qualify for help?
My ex and I were self-employed and he spent money hand over fist (he made plenty) on stuff other than the water bill and surprise, surprise – it got shut off. And he had no intention of turning it back on….. I got a loan from my dad for the immediate “turn the water back on” – and then went to work at a temporary job (it was at a garbage dump, but as I had no way of taking a shower prior to interview I couldn’t be picky) – sent him the whole paycheck for a week and we were good….
There are ways to keep your utilities on – you may need to think “outside the box” but don’t despair.
On Thu, Jul 24, 2008 at 11:53 AM, ridleygirl21 <ridleygirl21@ yahoo.com> wrote:
I know what you are going through we are about to have our elec/water
shut off too,but we do not quailfy for any help, went through all the
agencys i could think of. Now Im wondering how to keep our food cold
till we can get it back on in a couple of months im sure it will be.
any ideas for keeping things cold?
Jodi in MN
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