I am a 24 year old college student with a 4 year old daughter. For the past year I’ve been paying over a third of my income on babysitting for my daughter while I attend classes. After paying all my bills I’m usually left with a little over $100 for food for the entire month. This has caused me to struggle financially for the past year (I am now in debt because I got a credit card out of desperation to buy food). We have been buying most of our food at the dollar store for a long time now.
We are about to be in a better situation, thankfully, because my daughter’s dad is finally able to move across the state to live with us because got a better paying job offer over here. He will also be able to watch our daughter while I’m in class because his hours will allow for that. This will lift a huge financial from my shoulders.
However, this last month has hit us really hard. My pelvis has been out of place four about 5 months, causing quite a bit of discomfort. I have just put up with it because I couldn’t afford to pay for a visit. But within the past month it has turned into extreme chronic pain (probably because I left it untreated so long). I have state insurance that does not cover chiropractic care for adults 20 and over. I was finally able to afford to go one time about a month ago, but the chiropractor said that it would probably require several visits since it’s been out of place so long.
On top of all that, it’s my daughters birthday this month and we are already about to run out of food. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to get her anything for her birthday. I feel terrible about that because she’s very excited for her birthday and keeps asking what we are going to do for it.
We really just need to make it to next month when we will be saving money from not having to pay a babysitter and when my boyfriend will have gotten some income from his new job. I hate to even do this, but I also look forward to paying it forward when I am able to in the near future. Thanks so much for taking the time to even read this.