I cried earlier today because a friend loaned me $20. It means I’ll get to eat tomorrow!
Please don’t shit on me if you have nothing nice to say. I recently started a job on 3/10, but will not get paid until 4/07. I was told today by human resources that my first paycheck will be pushed back until the 7th. It’s been a struggle. I’m working from 9 to 4.
My daughter gets breakfast and lunch at her school (she’s in kindergarten) but I’m also paying for after-school care so that eats up pretty much whatever cash I have.
On the weekends when my daughter’s father has her, it’s not so bad, I can go without, skip meals, eat plain peanut butter, etc.
But when it’s just me and her, I just struggle. She’s a picky eater and wants happy meals and junk food because that’s what her dad gives her. It was a fight just to get her to eat a damn sandwich.
I was venting to a friend of mine about how hard it is and how I’m just not in a good place right now because I’m running on empty. I can barely afford groceries, and my water bill shot up an extra fifteen dollars this month and I don’t know why or how. I’m so lucky for this new job but going almost a month without pay is really, really hard.
My friend just sent me twenty bucks. All she could afford to do but it meant that tomorrow when I have my daughter, I can make that stretch a little. It won’t fill my fridge (which is pretty bare and that sucks) but it means that my daughter will be taken care of and we will be able to eat for the weekend.
This is so dumb and I even told her I cried and felt dumb for crying but I don’t think she knew how much it meant to me that she cared enough to want to help. I also feel guilty for taking the money.
She said to just pay her back whenever but I don’t think she realized how much of a bind I’ve been in and how much I appreciated it.