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No I am not going to 'game the system'

April 12th, 2010 at 07:59 pm

Many folk upon learning we have a savings account suggest we hide that money so we can qualify for food stamps and other federal programs.

Look I am not turning down money the govt gives me, but I am also not going to cheat my way into more!

Besides, I wouldn't know what to do with all that food stamps....I eat whole wheat and lots of fresh produce, I still would have trouble spending the 900 a month they would send me. (plus WIC)

It was nice to learn the tax return will restock the EF. And though we will have some extra medical expenses with the baby, we still shouldn't run out of money till sometime after unemployment runs out (if it does, they keep extending that)

Honestly I am glad we have always been rather frugal, and I am glad for the super lessons we have learned. Unemployment covers almost all our bills. We could make it cover all if we went back to white pasta and the like.

No idea what the future holds, but whatever, I am not worried. I meet lots of folk who still hold out we must be able to do this because we are rich. I only need about $50 from the EF a month beyond unemployment, how is that rich?

We are not able to do this because we were/are rich. We are able because we have really low bills.

1 Responses to “No I am not going to 'game the system'”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    When my spouse was on unemployment (no biggie since we didn't rely on his income at all, anyway) almost everyone we knew was appalled that we didn't take extended unemployment. If it was on the up and up, I'd take it. I know we pay for it, in the end. BUT, he would have had to lie and say he was still looking for a job, longer after he gave up. Our first baby was due in a few months - he gave up during my third trimester, looking for a job.

    Yup, obviously we are rich too. Wink I find it extra ironic in California because we all get disability for being pregnant (mandatory state short-term disability). People could not fathom how I could take time off when my kids were born, if my spouse didn't work. It was like 95% of my take-home, anyway. Somehow we survived. Wink

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