So, I don't know if anyone remembers, but last year I struggled with signing up for SNAP. I didn't like doing it, but it was truly necessary. After I had my daughter in July, I started to realize that my almost 3 year old wasn't hitting his target milestones in speech so we got him tested for delayed speech. Long story short, he is now in therapy and special ed preschool to get him caught up before kindergarten. That has made getting a second car necessary and then there is all the extra gas to get to all of his appointments. That $200 from SNAP has really saved us these last few months.
But the last couple of months the S really hit the fan for use when we got hit with the heating bills ($272, $210 and $150). I had to keep my son home from therapy a few times because I didn't have the gas to get him there. I know, I should have signed up for the electric bill averaging, lesson learned! Needless to say, this has been stressful for both my husband and me. But it was a good thing, because it was the final straw that broke his back and made him go ask for a raise. He hasn't gotten a raise since Jan 2013 and we have added both kids since then.
Hubby finally got in to see a lower boss(not the big boss) when he wasn't on his phone and told him the situation. He has the look on his boss' face was a mix of horror and embarrassment. The result was a 25% raise! HALLELUJAH! Now, that means we should get an extra $220 every two weeks, but it should increase the income enough to drop us from SNAP, but that is still an extra $240 a month-ish, which will help alot. Now if our tax return would just show up, we could pay off the CCs and start in the black on the budget we have planned but couldn't follow because we have been so behind.
Prepping-wise, I have a written list of several basic prepping items I want to get that makes bugging in easier, if we can't bug out to my parents' place. Things are starting to look up, just in time for the big SHTF, right?