I had a note from a reader asking if we were more financially secure now that we were living with family. And the answer is “Yes, in many ways.” The family member we are staying with pays the mortgage and utilities so we no longer have those expenses. However he actually makes a bit less than I used to receive in unemployment benefits each month so suddenly supporting a family of five isn’t really feasible.
We still need to buy food and gas, pay for telephone, car insurance (due in 2 weeks), car repairs (on going issues), school textbook rental and other fees, clothing (especially once winter brings cold weather), etc. That’s why I’m frantically job hunting and applying for food stamps and insurance for the kids. That’s also why I’ve added some food items to our Amazon.com wishlist. We aren’t in danger of losing housing – like we would have been if we had stayed in California much longer – and that’s a relief, but I won’t sleep well until I have some income as well.
The kids start school next Monday and that will free up more job hunting, sewing, knitting, writing and barn repairing time. You can continue to help us by doing your back to school shopping through the link to Amazon.com or other of my Affiliate partners and spreading the word about our homesteading effort – every new reader is a possible cat bed buyer! And of course, even though I’m not online as often as I was (or want to be), I deeply appreciate your supportive and encouraging blog and facebook comments!