posted on Mar, 19 2012 @ 01:53 PM
Really, you need a combination of things......
Are you in line to get Grandma's house?
If so, it is paid off? Or is there still a mortgage?
That's the first thing to consider.
The next...even if all of that is cool, you'll still have tax and insurance to contend with.
One word....ROOMMATE paying rent
If Grandma's house won't be an option, then better start making some good friends to get hooked up with a place to go to if the worst happens.
You should be buying everything with coupons. You'd be amazed at how much you can get for a little bit.
Here's the caveat though...clever couponing takes TIME. But, if you're not working, you've got plenty of it, so there you go.
The car is a big expense. If you could get a cheaper motorcycle, that would be better, and still solve the problem. Check on those gas vouchers for
necessary visits, as another suggested previously.
Another time-related one...try your hand at growing some simple veggie crops. You'd be surprised what you can grow in a small area, especially with
some of the things out now. That will stretch your food dollar a bit.
Take up fishing, and get some nearly free meat that way. (price of bait, equipment, etc.)
As others said, money under the table jobs are another key supplement. When we were really bad off, we did cakes, art, and other odd jobs for cash to
supplement until we both landed back on our feet. (wife and I).
THRIFT STORES, for other needs. You can find a lot here, on the cheap.
Not sure where that Health Food advice came from. It's exactly why I DON'T eat more healthy items...the expense. Anything "organic" just ups the
price of it, and since there's ZERO regulation in it, you're not even sure what they mean by the term. Buy produce at a farmer's market type place
instead, and you're better off for it (price and quality). Downside here though, is that they may not take food stamps (though many do if they are
set up for it).
The big thing...planning your meals (and other purchases0. Impulse is your enemy. When you shop, you have to wring the last possible bit of purchase
power from every penny. You have to think that way to maximize what you have,