Single moms and financial help, there really isn’t any, so we have to help ourselves. Below is a list of just things I’ve noticed or thought of over the years. Crazy things like not being able to buy real garbage bags because they are stupidly expensive (considering what they are) and buying such would cut into the food money. Some days I wonder how I made it. To me, this was normal, being poor, but I was so hopeful that things were about to change for the better that in my mind, it was temporary. Reality is, it wasn’t. So get a sense of humor ASAP, cuz you’re gonna need it.
You know you are a Militant Single Mom when:
Real garbage bags are a luxury item
You know where everything is in the dollar store
You get the kids leftover school supplies
Real garbage bags can double as blackout curtains
You have actually darned a sock
You have to make Halloween costumes or they won’t have any
Here’s a page about the 15 best things to get at a dollar store
You and the kids have camped in the living-room with soda, popcorn and movies
You buy 2/1 items, especially laundry soap, even if you already have 6 at home
You get a lot of kids toys at garage sales and Facebook buy and sell pages
None of your towels match
All your furniture is used, but you made it look new with paint, and glitter paint for your daughter
You are constantly, constantly, on the look out for better beds and bedding
Men get less appealing every year.
Women get more appealing every year
A vehicle with no reverse is still a vehicle that runs.
Realize that there is no Knight in Shining Armor
Sheets have doubled as curtains (see image above for great idea)
You rediscover peanut butter and jam sandwiches, on crusts, better if toasted
Read the Riot Act to the kids before entering a store.
You realize that most days are not worth the make up, or non-pajama bottoms
You know that the transformer Bumble Bee is a 1973 Camero.
You double recipes so you will have one effort, two dinners.
You sing because it is a hobby that doesn’t cost anything.
You ask your daughter for her old makeup because you can’t afford any.
You start thinking that marrying for love is overrated.
You taught the kids to swim in a lake, not pool.
You buy next years wrapping paper on Boxing Day.
95% of your clothes are from the Thrift store.
You’re a whiz at soup from leftovers.
You borrow movies for free from the library
You borrow books for free from the library
you have actually brought out a cooking scale to ensure everyone gets the same amount
never go anywhere cause you can’t afford a sitter, but that’s okay
Thank God for Kraft Dinner
You only half-dry the clothes at the laundromat and finish drying them at home, for free
You haven’t finished a thought in your head since . . .
Here’s a great link for turning sheets into curtains, note that there were other changes as well, such as wall color.
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