This blog isn’t about whining about not being able to find a job, or about struggling to balance the financial obligations on limited resources. I am not above whining, but it leaves me so depressed I avoid it at all costs. What this blog is about is documenting my journey to licensure.
Without a job, our already paltry budget has been further constricted to barely the minimum: food, gas, car and debt payments, insurance. Only, as of August 15, I will no longer have any health insurance. I am stocking up on medicines and asking family for any extra inhalers they have lying around so I can manage my chronic asthma. But the truth of it is that we are one major asthma attack from financial ruin.
Our kids are qualified for Medicaid. My husband has his employee provided healthcare. But we simply do not have an additional $373 a month to add me to his policy. Sucks because I am the only family member with a chronic disease. But I can breath easier that the kids are covered.
But I don’t want to be depressed. I want to share something that makes me feel good. One of the gems I have found to help us manage include Aldi’s Food Stores. Do not be a snob- go in and check them out. You can’t get your heart’s desire at Aldi’s but you can get most of your basics at INCREDIBLE prices along with a few delicious treats that come and go (the special buys of the week). Right now they have the most delicious jelly beans that give Jelly Bellies a run for their money. I avoid treating ourselves, but sometimes you have to cut yourself some slack. I would say we easily save 40-50% off our old grocery store bills at Aldi’s. Aldi’s has saved my sanity as we grapple with unemployment and no financial break in sight. Buen Provecho.