I didn't think I would make it here... I "rested" for a bit and didn't want to (could hardly) get up again. I may fall asleep between letters on the keyboard.............
I guess today was a lesson on getting side-tracked.
I made myself head out to look for clothes bargains at my Salvation Army (SA) Sale Day this morning, but decided to do a few things on the way there. Home Depot was kind of on the way, so I went to check out the stores in that direction. I need a "metal square" ruler and have been looking at the prices for them in various places. Home Depot is a building kind of store, so I wanted to find out what kind of prices and choices it would have. The price turned out to be decent, so I went ahead and bought one...after I had seen two other things on the way and nearly forgot to find the ruler. :-)
Walmart was on my way to the sale, and I planned to go there anyway, so I went there first. I bet you know what happened...I never made it to the SA Sale. :-)
I discovered I forgot my shopping list at home. That was the first problem. But, the list was long and I remembered quite a few of the items on it because I have been rewriting it for a week, at least. I also needed to explore options for two upcoming gift occasions.
I haven't been able to do gifts for many years. I wanted to use my new income status to at least buy something for them. On the way to my household items and other needs, I discovered something I wanted to buy for the gifts.
My budget was gone...I had too much to carry...and I could barely keep going. I was not going to the clothes racks in the Salvation Army store. It would have to wait until another day. ! (I think it will have to wait for next month... I don't know if I can squeeze out any money to go anywhere for the rest of my budget! :-)
It is so easy to spend money. I am finding my new government payment card is a much bigger challenge to my financial goals than I thought it would be. I am already looking for a solution. :-)
Having a financial cushion to get through the learning process is so important, and so impossible for low-income households. I am 62 and still trying to find a safety net for all the problems that come up.
I don't have a credit card and couldn't qualify for one. My goal for years has been to save enough money to get a "secured" credit card and build a financial base for my credit needs. It is still a goal.
It can become a real tangled mess trying to survive poverty and low-income issues. If you have addiction issues, and end up in jail, the struggle is worse. If you don't have a deep faith in GOD, the repeated problems can overwhelm and destroy you.
I don't know how to solve everyone's problems, but I hope GOD will allow me to do something to give poverty households a cushion. I believe the Church will be financially devastated as we go deeper into the End Times, and I KNOW it isn't prepared to help its own. This is why I created Working Together...to try to meet the many needs that will happen.
PRAY that GOD will finally provide for the goals He has built in my heart and life.