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Financial Stress is Greater Than Ever

I am stressed out. Trying to rub pennies together to make a dollar.

It is not working out as you may imagine. I am working for my aunt occasionally at her salon as a receptionist, but it is less than minimum wage for a full day and it takes me just about 3 hours to get there and 3 hours to get back. If I wasn't so hard up for the money, I wouldn't do it.

When the local temp agency gives me a call, I go in as well, but in over a month I've worked for them just 14 hours and it is hard labor. Seriously, I feel like I am on a chain gang or performing some sort of community service for court or something because I am usually on my feet cleaning up trash after a concert or local event and while that pays more than minimum wage, it is just barely more than minimum wage.

I was looking to work as a cashier or as a receptionist, but no one is hiring me. Pete has been laid off since July 5th and they gave him and the rest of the coworkers last minute notice about being laid off. We spent over $150 on his monthly bus and train pass only for him to hardly use it.

We applied for his unemployment and he was approved, but this week he claimed his unpaid week and we are late on the cell phone bill. I am so tired and stressed and I feel like such a failure in life.

I hope everyone else is doing substantially better than I feel right now.

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bestwriter wrote on July 15, 2015, 7:27 AM

I visited your profile and your introduction hardly gives the impression about how financially stressed you could be. Has all this happened just now?

LeaPea2417 wrote on July 15, 2015, 4:27 PM

We are doing better, but my husband is the only real bread winner. I am trying to make money on the side through writing pages like this and ebay. I am looking for something outside the home. For so long, it has been so tight with money. When pay days come, most of it is gone paying for bills and food. It is a continuous cycle and I do realize if my husband ever would lose his job, we would be bankrupt real soon.

JohnRoberts wrote on July 16, 2015, 9:14 AM

I think your situation is all too common these days. I know exactly what you are going through and you feel.

acrogodess914 wrote on July 16, 2015, 1:09 PM

Most of my posts are about saving money or not paying full price for anything. While I may not get into specifics of our finances, we have always been pay check to pay check, especially with me needed at home to care for my grandmother and living in the NYC area with a high cost of living.

acrogodess914 wrote on July 16, 2015, 1:20 PM

Yes, paycheck to paycheck is a hard life. Sadly a reality for most of us.

acrogodess914 wrote on July 16, 2015, 1:21 PM

Yes, it is something entirely too common these days and very stressful

bestwriter wrote on July 16, 2015, 6:58 PM

I have heard of NYC being an expensive place. So many shift from there for that reason alone
Travelling for 6 hours is quite a strain. Hope all this will soon be behind you.

allen0187 wrote on July 17, 2015, 11:59 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this. Hopefully, your finances improve very soon.

ViperGirl85 wrote on July 19, 2015, 12:15 AM

I'm so sorry. :( Is there another temp agency you could go to? Maybe they'll be able to help you find more work.

paigea wrote on September 18, 2015, 9:35 PM

I am sorry things are so tough. I hope you can get a better job and closer!