Thank you everyone for your comments on my last entry. A highchair isn’t a major concern like the car seat, I know there is used car seats, but I was told that car seats should always be purchased new because you have no way of telling if a used one was involved in a car accident, even a minor car accident. I think that is the only item that is recommended people buy new because of that.

As for public aid, WIC, etc, I don’t qualify. I live with my father and sister who make decent money, and since they go by household, I am WAY above limits. If I was living on my own, then I would qualify. For a household of 4, you need to have a take home income of around 3grand or less. Well my family gets much more than that. They aren’t rich by a long shot, but we aren’t poor enough for public aid. I was on WIC during my pregnancy, but that was easy because it was me and Matt, and our income was around $800 if LUCKY a month. If in the future I am able to afford my own place, I will very much try for public assistance.

I finally got ahold of Matt last night, to see if he will send any child support. He said he would try to send $200, which is $200 less than we had agreed upon, and that is not including the $25 he took from my bank account or the $65 he owes my sister for the bus ticket, but it will pay for a car seat and the phone bill. I will take what I can get at the moment heh.

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mary
posted on March 30th 2003 at 3:35PM CDT

when i lived with my parents i qualified. and they were both working. let’s just say they were both making over $40,000 a year. especially my mom. she was making quite a bit more then that. and i got both wic and public aid.

Barb
posted on March 30th 2003 at 5:17PM CDT

Sarah, check again on that WIC and public assistance.  Because you are living with family and because you are essentially 1/3 of the household and not supported by them because of being an adult with a child you would qualify.  They will see it as your expenses would be 1/3 of all the household expenses … regardless of their income I do believe you would get some if not all assistance!

Amy
posted on March 30th 2003 at 6:43PM CDT

Maybe you should go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/ and see if you could possibly qualify for food stamps. They calculate things differently than WIC and consider other factors.
Hopefully things will turn around for you soon!

Amanda
posted on March 30th 2003 at 7:21PM CDT

I agree with Jenn totally there is no reason that your (You and Matt’s) child should soley be your responsibility. He needs a swift kick in the @$$. And i think that the court system can definately do that.

Morgan
posted on March 31st 2003 at 6:16PM CDT

yahhh go new w/ car seats.. because they can normally only survive *safely* one accident.

Leslie
posted on April 1st 2003 at 6:47AM CDT

I agree with Barb about checking again about the WIC. When I became pregnant with my first I was still living with my parents and Chris was living there too, working at Wal-Mart. Anyway I qualified for WIC……….Then when we moved in with his Aunt and Uncle I received food stamps and WIC……..It may be different though since I was pregnant and after all this was 10 years ago, things may have changed slightly……Let us know if you find out anything!

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