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Old 07-19-09, 08:24 PM   #1
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I'm in a bad situation

Long story short, due to my own stupidity I have to save every penny I earn outside of rent and bills and dog food until school starts. I mean no buying groceries. I'm using the food I had stored at my boyfriend's place when I was living with him. I have flour, sugar, a bit of rice, canned goods etc. I can't buy fruit or veg which isn't good, I pick whatever berries I find near my work.

Anyway, soon I will start having to hit the local food bank for the first time. Worrying about where my next meal is going to come from is very depressing. I'm actually figuring out how to cut down on how much I need to eat. I'm a vegetarian so at least I don't need expensive meat to eat.

My mother and i live together right now, she's NOT getting what I'm telling her. She seems to think we are going to share food costs. I've told her a few times I can't do that. I have to start going to the local food bank.

I pay my half the rent, i do housework, laundry etc, I also work FT. I'm not lazy or a mooch, don't even think that.

I might even have to start finding the local soup kitchens. I can't believe this is happening. I might sell my Miyata that I was planning on using along with my hybrid to get to school.

My mother isn't the type to feed me without me having to pay her back every cent. I can't afford to have further debt going into school.

I feel like a freaking loser.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:29 PM   #2
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well, scratch that last sentence. you may have hit a rough stretch, but that doesn't make you a loser.

when does school start? sept? that's only 6 weeks away.

I'd keep the miyata if you can - it's utility transportation, and good to have a backup if your other bike needs work.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:34 PM   #3
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Sept 8th.

I went hungry a few times in my early 20s. I will never forget that feeling of desperation. Sometimes I get free lunch at work, every second Friday. Free tea and hot chocolate.

I can't believe I'm 35 years old and I can't freaking feed myself. At least I don't have children. Also, I will go hungry but my dog will NOT.
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There are options that are inexpensive. When I was in college, I lived off of a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter. Hang in there.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:55 PM   #5
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Yeah, even better when you bake the bread yourself. I can also bake desserts with peanut butter. I just need the ingredients in the first place. I did buy a jar of PB with my own money, stashed in the cupboard. Thank the gods for Costco and 10 kg bags of flour, sugar, oats. I have enough oats to choke a scotsman. I don't think I can eat nothing but oats though, if I wasn't working I could live on 1 cup of cooked rice a day with maybe a can of black beans.
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Your BF won't help you out some...or is that part of the long story short
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He is a student, too, it wouldn't be right for me to expect him to feed me. Sometimes he takes me out to dinner which is real nice of him. I explained to him that I'm dead broke so no more going to the movies etc. He understands, he sometimes lives on PB sandwiches, too. His parents help him out a little so that's why sometimes we can get a cheap dinner out.

When I'm in college I will try to make a little extra cash dog walking and such, but I don't want to interfere with my studies, I'm taking school deadly serious, I'm going to work my @$$ off studying.

I might actually make an appt with the college counselling dept, I am allowed to access those services for free.
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First of, you are far from being a loser. However, if your austarity measures are caused by your desire to save every penny, then, perhaps you should consider spending just a few of those pennies on yourself in the form of modest but healthy food. Add some beans to that diet of yours, a couple pieces of fresh fruit, etc. and you'll be fine. It really sounds like you're doing this, putting yourself in such a tight fiscal situation, out of choice as much as necessity. Every penny may be need in the future, but, some of them are also needed now. Best of luck at finding the perfect balance.
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Are you going to work FT as well?
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Nope. School FT. Student loans...

I have learning disabilities so I need to be very focused on one thing at a time, I am amazed at people who work and go to school FT. How can they divide their focus like that and nothing suffers?
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oh trust me, I went to grad school and worked full time...something suffers....so on a positive note, good for you going back to school. What is your area of focus and are you going to UBC or Simon Frazier?
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UBC, after undergrad. I'm not willing to sacrifice my education in order to not eat ramen and pb sandwiches. lol.

The problem is more immediate. I'm saving the cash so I don't have to deal with as much money stress while I'm IN school. I have about 6 weeks to get through, when I think of it in terms of weeks it doesn't seem so bad. I need to go through the cupboards tomorrow and catalogue my canned goods. I'm a seasoned "prepper" and always have food supplies on hand. Just do not have enough for 6 weeks.
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Ok, that makes more sense, I was beginning to think that you were truly going to be a starving student...You can do a lot with flour, beans and rice...and you are right, 6 weeks isn't really that far off...so what is your intended major
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Nope. School FT. Student loans...

I have learning disabilities so I need to be very focused on one thing at a time, I am amazed at people who work and go to school FT. How can they divide their focus like that and nothing suffers?
Oh believe me, your sanity suffers. There are plenty of days when I wake up and have no idea what time/day it is, where I'm supposed to go or what the heck it is I'm doing. I also only sleep a few hours a night and only get to hang out with my friends once every other week or so.

Yes I'm sacrificing now but hopefully it's worth it in the future
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Anthropology.

kidonabike, are you the crazy dude that sleeps like 4 hrs a night and goes to school/work FT? You are one crazy hombre. I admire your drive.
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kidonabike, are you the crazy dude that sleeps like 4 hrs a night and goes to school/work FT? You are one crazy hombre. I admire your drive.
Nice major! And yes thats me haha Well Im still young (only 20yo) so I figure I may as well do it while I can...
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I just finished compressed biochem, 15 chapters of the gnarliest chemistry on the planet in 4 weeks and work full time too. During the regular school year I usually take 9 credits, work full time, and tutor a couple classes to keep fresh with the material. It's not easy but it's manageable. I know what you mean about forgetting what time it is or where you are supposed to be kid.

Does your school have work study programs Luddite? They are a great way to make a bit of extra money and they usually try to get you a job in your field of study.
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Do you need the miyata to get to/from school? No? Sell it. The reduction in stress about money for the next 6 weeks will be worth it.
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You have my admiration for sticking to your education.
I am a runner and I'm surprised at how much food is left at local races like 5K's and longer races. I've worked at organizing races and when food is left it comes down to who wants to take it home and actually thinks that they will use it.
Might be worth the effort to search for local running races on the net and just show up looking like a runner when the race is over and hitting the food table. Usually there's healthy food and because a lot of runners pay attention to what they eat there is always unused food.
At the University I went to when there was a weekly seminar at the Bio dept. they used to have coffee and donuts. The grad students would show up long enough to act interested and walk away with a meal.

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All I can say is, Luddite, I admire your dedication. You go girl.
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Luddite, something tells me you're going to kick more ass than you think. Right now may suck, but soon you're gonna be rockin'.
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oh trust me, I went to grad school and worked full time...something suffers....
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Do you need the miyata to get to/from school? No? Sell it. The reduction in stress about money for the next 6 weeks will be worth it.
Yours is in nice shape. So why not put it on CL - highball the price (within reason). If someone wants it, great. But don't panic and sell it for pennies. It's transportation, and you just invested $ in it.

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Dumpster dive...

Bread... fruit... produce... free.
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Luddite, have you looked for a food shelf near you?

There are several around here- that have pretty much a "don't ask" policy- I could head over there and do my weekly grocery shopping, I suppose.
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Doesn't Vancouver have a good public transit system? Sell your car. Then start selling blood.
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