Above is a picture of my eldest daughter’s 21st. I managed to buy 1 cool drink and a cheese cake, I couldn’t afford candles or gifts.
I am paying 370pw rent and 75 fn power and it leaves me with 400 a fn to feed and clothe my kids and pay all other nessisities of life, 3 days before my girls 21st my gas bottle ran out received the bill today $132, I received my water bill @$141 yesterday, and our hot water is on mains and I just received the bill for that $196.
My kids need clothes and shoes, I was blessed and found a $8 pair of shoes for myself ones without holes in them at the opp shop, unfortunately they don’t fit any of the kids otherwise I would have given the shoes to one of my kids. My step daughter has just started year 11 atar, her mum passed away in 2012 valentines day, and her dad is not in the picture and I can not afford the books or calculator for her, she’s doing mathematics methods, marine and marine, chemistry, physics, biology and English all atar courses, each course book cost between $80-$125 plus the calculator is over $200
I’m breaking under the stress, I have lupus, sjogrens, rhumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anxiety, I’m a rape survivor, but most of all what I’m proud to be is I’m a mum to 3 (15,17 n 21) and step mum to 4 (their mum passed away in 2012 and dad made choices that means he no longer is around 9,10,16 n 18) and a step gramma to 1 (1) n a mum in law and a go to mum for many children, my doors are always open.
I’m in serious debt with a mobile phone company, with my car financial company because I just do not have the money to pay my payments, the guilt is killing me I have always managed to scrape through. I’ve recently moved 500kms away from a toxic town to better my children’s lives to give them more opportunities and a better education, and it’s been a life changing move for my kids they are blooming, I love it here I love the way my children have embraced the change. I’m getting less money and the rent is double and financially it’s suffocating me.
Because we are new to town the kids are still trying to find work once they do things will hopefully get easier, until then I would appreciate any financial help please and thank you from the depths of my heart and soul.