First of all...Emma: I'm so pleased that you are enjoying your life now. Treasure every moment.
I guess I'm lucky that I've never wanted a house--didn't want the upkeep. And if I'd had one, I would've lost it by now. I am fortunate to live in a Sr. Apt. Complex--not assisted living, just a regular apt. with special amenities for elderly and disabled. It's only for those 62 and over, so it's quiet and clean. They are constantly upgrading and they have a full time housekeeper to keep the place sparkling. The rent is very reasonable, since it's based on income...even though I just got a $7/mo. increase. It's very secure...and it's at the beach.
For those who are 62 or over (or whose partner is), this is a good option. Check it out in your town or nearest city.
Nevertheless, everything keeps going up, as we all know, so by the end of the month I'm flat broke. But I've never missed a meal and my bills are always paid on time. The complex has recently begun a food giveaway program every week, so that helps...even if I just get a few items. I have also just applied to a Pet Food Stamps program, where they will send cat food (or dog food) once a month--free. Any type I need. I get "people" food stamps myself of $33/mo., which helps the end of the month. I just can't afford impulse buying.
For years, I had been waiting for my 1st husband to die, as I know I would get more on his SS. He was a tile setter in NYC and made good money (in the union), working on jobs like Lincoln Center and the '64? World's Fair. However, he's almost 84 now (much older than I) and I've decided that I'm better off on my own SS. Otherwise, I wouldn't qualify for anything. Right now, I get "Extra Help" so my Medicare premium is paid for--that's $100/mo--as well as my prescript
ion drug premium. With increased income my rent would go up drastically and I would not be able to get the pet food or the other help.
I worked all my life, until I got too sick...and am entitled to what I can legally get. There is lots of help out there. You just have to learn about
it and apply.
I have some information on places that have legitimate "work from home" jobs, paying from $4 a job (doesn't take long) to $8-15/hr. E-mail me for details.
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