We have a narcissist in the White House that doesn’t care if people on SNAP starve in February

Hey, everybody! I have wonderful news! I am feeling much better and I hope I will continue to feel better! It’s been hard for me for a while now, but I’m hoping this burst of energy I am feeling currently will last indefinitely! πŸ˜€

But anyway. Yeah, this blog post’s title. I will probably lose readers from the title for being the way it is, but I have grave news if I have any readers on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) having to do with said title.

I am from the United States and I am sure everyone here is aware that the government is currently shutdown and has been since Christmas. It is affecting mostly everyone who works for the government. People who check bags at our airports, people who take care of our National Parks, Secret Service members that protect our country’s leaders and politicians, and whatever other federal workers do to keep our country going are ALL being affected by this government shutdown. And worst of all is that they are not getting paid even if they are forced to work to keep our country going.

Now onto the SNAP issue. It seems it has been reported today by the Huffington Post that SNAP will not have enough money to fund its recipients who use this program in February if the shutdown continues. According to the article, more than 38 million people in the United States receive food stamps to feed their families each month or to just feed themselves if they are single. Now imagine if these 38+ million people will not be able to feed themselves in February. What will they do and how will they survive? This is FREAKIN’ SERIOUS. I do believe many people on SSI are on SNAP as well, so how will they feed themselves when the funding for SNAP dries up in February? One can only do so much with $900 and below coming in from a monthly SSI benefit payment and that is after paying the bills.

Imagine having to live with $350 a month or lower from a under $1000-ish SSI amount or maybe even $750-ish SSI amount each month after the rent/bills have been paid whatever that may be dealing with each of our unique different living situations. That is the reality of all of us living on SSI. Now imagine to use that money to buy your food for the month along with other things that go toward your disability and other misc. stuff as well for helping you live a little easier. Because of this, there’s not a lot of meat left on the bone when the end of the month rolls around. Now imagine that reality without SNAP. Things seem to become a little grave.

The good news for Social Security recipients such as myself is that we are not going to affected.Β Β This is good news. But it still doesn’t change the fact that this shutdown over something as STUPID and quite possibly over some freakin’ wall (that is most likely never going to be built) because our current president is RACIST against the people who live south of our border. And didn’t our narcississt-in-chief say that Mexico was going to pay for it in the first place and not American tax payers? I believe we have audio clip(s) of him saying so (go to 1:00 minute on the video in this link). But yes, we have a president who is named Donald J. Trump who suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Dealing with narcissists such as Donald Trump is impossible because they lack the ability to have empathy for anyone but themselves and being the unfeeling creatures, or swamp creature, such as Donald Trump and people like his ilk are, they do not care about the feelings of others around them and they are never sorry for any cruel acts that they do. They are beyond redemption and “saving” for they are people who do not wish for redemption and cannot or simply do not wish to ever be saved. If they wish for redemption or to even be “saved”, they must save their lives themselves. No sane or “normal” person will be able to help them with that task. That is the sad and honest truth for those that suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

So if our president does not care about the undocumented immigrants he puts in cages just trying to come to United States for a better life or even his numerous administration’s staff members that have left his administration because of the toxicity of working in a narcissistic workplace, do you think our president will even care about the millions upon millions of people starving starting in February because they cannot feed themselves or their families because they will not be recieving any more SNAP benefits? I highly doubt it. For swamp creatures/narcissists like Donald J. Trump only care about one thing and that is themselves.

But to everyone on SNAP that may not be able to feed themselves or their families in February: I am so very sorry. I am sorry we have an uncaring president that does not care about you or your families. Just know and remember that there are so many people that care about you including me that want you to live happy lives and to always be able to provide for yourselves and your families. Know that you are loved and are never forgotten. We think about you all of the time and we wish all of the best for you all throughout your lives. ❀ 

Now to conclude, this alarming headline abour millions of people losing their SNAP benefits in February just came out today and there has yet to be a response from Trump or anyone in his administration as of yet. I probably will not keep to close of an eye on this beyond this blog post because my blog is a Frugal/Personal Finance blog after all and not a political blog, but I just had to say something about this. These kinds of things just tick me off to no end and seeing as how I am in the low LOW income bracket and live that life every day, I believe if I don’t speak about this injustice against people knowing and living the life I live each day, then no one else will. That is just how I feel. 😦

Until this the madness of this government shutdown is finally over, I wish everyone in my country all of the best and to please be kind to yourselves during these difficult times. Know that you are loved and are never forgotten.

Have a beautiful day everyone and take very good care. ❀

What 5 Things I am Thankful for This Holiday Season/Christmas (2018 Edition)

Hi, everybody! I’m sorry agin for not posting lately! πŸ˜₯ I’ve still been feeling bad, but I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and Christmas! πŸ˜€

Honestly, I have not been in the Christmas mood all month and even though this Xmas has come and gone, I’m hoping the New Year will bring more joyous times in my life for me.

But let’s get to the point of this post! 2018 has pretty much come and gone, and at the end of every year in December, I list what I am thankful for on my blog, Living on Cents. πŸ˜€ (Read last year’s blog post here!) I am very thankful for many things this year and I will let all of you guys know what they are! πŸ˜€

My New Twin Bed Mattress

I didn’t mention this before on my blog, but a few months ago, I got a new mattress! It is a twin size pillow top mattress and it is super comfy! Having like four mattress pads on it as well helps too with its comfiness, haha. πŸ˜‰ I fall asleep immediately on it every night and I never hurt at all when laying down on it. πŸ™‚ I also got a matching box spring and mattress protector sheet thrown in when the mattress was purchased, so that is always a plus! And no, my new mattress was not 39849847834893 dollars thank goodness. Dx I basically got an “economy model” mattress that was priced pretty reasonably and was so worth it. πŸ™‚

So this year, I am thankful for my new mattress! If I keep taking care of it properly, it should last me for many years to come! ^ _^

ABLE Accounts

I was going to make a special blog post about this, but I have just been feeling awful still lately. 😦 But GOOD NEWS EVERYONE! /ProfessorFarnsworthVoice ABLE accounts are now LAUNCHED AND LIVE in California! I haven’t started one yet, but by getting an ABLE Account, I will be able to save over $2000 while on SSI now! WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! ^ o^ When I open up an ABLE Account finally, I will definitely be letting you guys know about my small financial milestones that I will achieve little by little with my ABLE Account. πŸ˜€ I’m basically going to be using my new ABLE Account as an account to fund my retirement and my goal is to MAX IT OUT. HIT THE CAP BABE. STASH. CASH. B)

So yeah, I am super excited and I am hoping I will be able start stashing my cash into an ABLE account as soon as next month. I can’t wait! πŸ˜€

My Food/Drink Stockpile and Costco

So as a person who lives on SSI, always having enough food around the house for me is always a concern of mine. It always stings a little parting with my money every time I go to the Frugalpants Grocery Store even though it is a frugalpants store. 😦 But this year, I am thankful for stores like Costco where I can buy food and drinks I enjoy consuming in bulk and most of the time, saving money that way by buying things in bulk instead of paying the “poor tax” on just one food/drink item bought individually every time. πŸ˜₯ By buying food/drink products and household goods in bulk, it may be that I have to part with a lot of money at one time for a bulk purchase, but in the end, I know what I am buying is a screamin’ deal that will benefit me and last me for the longest amount of time possible. I must admit this privilege of me being able to afford bulk items every month is because I live with LOCMom. If I was living by myself on SSI, things would be very different and more difficult for me, I’m afraid. πŸ˜₯

But every night when I am in my bed, my bulk items are in my room staring back at me and I know in my heart that I am blessed. ^ _^ When I look at them, I feel I have so much and I am so very thankful for that. ❀

My Clothing

I remember when I was in my earlier 20’s before the frugal lifestyle became a huge part of my life (I was frugal then as well, but was not as passionate about frugality as much as I am now… πŸ™‚ ), I sometimes bought pretty delicate shirts that you would always have to handwash because if you put them in a washing machine, the washing machine would just wreck them and ruin them without mercy. πŸ˜₯ Well, after a while, I guess I did get tired of having clothing that I always had to handwash all of the time and when I moved to Folsom, when I bought “brand new” new clothing after my weight loss, I bought t-shirts that fit me well and could be washed in a washing machine because I didn’t want to hand wash anything with such a small kitchen in my new apartment that I live in and I just… didn’t want to handwash anything. Dx

These days, I have a frugal/poverty mentality when it comes to my clothing. I always say to myself, “As long as my clothing clotheΒ me and keeps me warm/cool against nature’s elements, I will wear this simple clothing and I am and will be very thankful for it.” But also, my clothing (basically my shirts) has to not ever turn into pill city in the near future and has to be or be near 100% cotton or another 100% of some other fabric. Polyester clothing, unless it is a sweater or exercise leggings, always gets the gullotine treatment from my closet if I happen to buy a shirt that is made out of polyester and I didn’t check the tag for what the shirt was made out of first at the store. >:/ You just gotta’ checkΒ whatΒ your clothing is made out everybody, those clothing manufacturers are tricky!Β 

I have recently shrank into a Size 12 pant size, but it has been hard for me to find Size 12 pants that work on my body since when you hit a Size 12 or lower (basically shrink out of the plus size range of clothing Size 14 and up… .), I have discovered pant sizing becomes batsh*t crazytown. It’s absolutely insane what each clothing manufacturer thinks is a “Size 12”. Some 12’s are really 10’s and some 12’s are even 8’s and 6’s! Sometimes some 12’s a rare size 4… I wish I were joking, but I am not. >: / Also since pants in stores this winter are all trending being a high rise cut right now, they don’t even work for my body type since I am so short in the waist area. : ( Even petite pants are sometimes even too long on me because my waist basically disappears when I sit down and the petite pants still act like long waisted pants on me. >: / It’s been like this ever since my childhood. Still drives me crazy to this day.

So for now, even though my Size 14 pants are baggy on me, I will be keeping them around and just wear a belt with them like I always do. πŸ™‚ Like I said, I am very grateful and feel blessed that I have warm clothing to clothe me to protect me from the weather, so I am happy with my clothing at the moment and in the long run. ^ _^

Dumpsters at my Apartment Complex

Sometimes God blesses people through other people or through events in their lives. What the average person might not think though is how stuff thrown away in a dumpster can bless people’s’ lives as well.

Everyone… Ever since moving to an apartment complex and living in an apartment, even today, I still can’t believe what people throw out. I mean… It’s incredible. It’s absolutely unbelievable. Basically, if anything is by a dumpster or in a dumpster at my apartment complex, it’s fair game in my opinion.Β 

Basically so far this year I have found a large full size Made in USA ironing board, a rotating air purifying fan, a blood pressure pump reader that works perfectly, a Made in USA tool box, perfectly good tall lamps, a coffee maker and a Keurig machine, and much much more that I am still in disbelief that people just chuck into a dumpster or beside a dumpster to be taken to the dump to be buried in a giant hole in the ground to never be seen or be used again. These items usually still work if you plug them in even. It’s just awful everyone. 😦 I unfortunately can’t take everything I find (had to let that Keurig go… πŸ˜₯ ), but I do take what I can use in my life, in a dumpster or not. I even donate the stuff I find by or in the dumpsters to thrift stores because there is absolutely nothing wrong with it and other people can use the stuff I find. πŸ™‚

Like just today, I found some perfectly good work tools and a lot of them were Made in USA tools. Also found a blue plastic medium/large-ish garbage bin for our apartment’s garage. And the diamond in the rough I scored out of a dumpster by our apartment today was a plastic chair mat for my computer area. ^ o^ Check out how much one retails for at Costco and on Amazon and I didn’t pay a cent for mine I found in a dumpster. B) Sure, the one I found isn’t as bright and shiny like a new one, but it is one that was definitely well loved in its past and will be well loved again in its future in my life. ❀

God providith things to others even through dumpsters sometimes and do I ever feel so blessed and grateful for the many useful things I sometimes find in them at my apartment complex. Even though I am agnostic, I like to think some sort of higher power is looking out for me sometimes. πŸ™‚

Conclusion

So there ya’ have it, everyone! The 5 things I am thankful for this holiday/Christmas season! πŸ˜€ I’m hoping next year will be better than the last and will bring me much more joyous experiences in my life, so here’s hoping for a better year in 2019! *fingers crossed*

What are you thankful this holiday/Christmas season? πŸ˜€

November 2018 Budget Check-In!

Hi, everybody! I am SO SORRY I haven’t updated the blog in a week. I have been feeling awful mentally lately and its hard to write when you don’t feel good. πŸ˜₯ But I am still here, dang it! > _<;

Well this month, it is time for November’s Budget break down! Come and see where all of my money went in November! ^ o^

Rent/Monthly Bills: $500.00

This category is what I pay each month toward rent and monthly bill-like things.

Activities: $0.00

Nothing going on this month! I will be getting a haircut in December though because my hair really needs it, haha… @ _@

Groceries: $113.59

Not bad for this month! About average I would say! πŸ™‚ What really clocks up this total is me buying canned sparkling water and Quest energy bars. And the energy bars are the worst. Not only does the company who makes them not sell them in bulk, but when you do buy them in bulk, you are NEVER saving money. You just end up spending how much you normally would pay if you would bought that many bars in bulk. Maybe you save like a dollar when buying them in bulk because the cheapest these bars go for in bulk are $2.00 each, but individually, they are sold for $2.17 each at the Frugalpants Grocery Store, or Winco.

So, I have switched to buying them in bulkΒ at Target to save a buck or two. Wooooooooo… > _> But alas, I think Quest Bars are the best energy bars on the market, so I buy them to eat for a quick breakfast. Helps if you eat one a day to keep them around longer. : P

I also made some Gyoza (Japanese dumplings) this month with ground sirloin, velveeta cheese, and mixed in a bag of Mexican veggies with everything. πŸ˜€ Love having dumplings around for a yummy meal! ^ _^

Household Expenses: $194.26

Almost reaching $200 in this category this month! O _O I guess I needed a few things, haha… ^ _^; Things included in this category are makeup bags for storing things in (trying to get away from plastic…), Shout Sticks, a knife sharpener, wooden clothes pins, and my annual $9 Operation Christmas child donation for tracking labels I put on my shoe boxes. πŸ™‚

And speaking of Operation Christmas Child, I just sent the boxes off last month! It was Collection Week finally and they needed to be sent off on their way! πŸ™‚ And because my boxes have tracking labels on them each year, I get to see where they are sent off to and once again, my boxes were sent off to The Philippines! πŸ˜€ Seems that my boxes are needed there all of the time, so that is good! Not complaints here! ^ _^

Picture of me with my shoe boxes! πŸ˜€

OCC Pic

Misc. Items: $79.18

Not too bad in this category! There were a few splurge items that I could have lived without, but I would hate myself in the morning if I did not buy them… Dx This is basically the “splurge” category anyway, but there was this one item that I just could not do without when I saw it in November! I saw the CUTEST Betsy Johnson wallet at Ross and it was a wallet that looks like a teddy bear and the background of the wallet was covered in sprinkles. I picked it up, examined it, and then I said to myself, “The wallet is $15, but I would absolutely HATE myself in the morning if I left it here…” So I bought it. ^ _^

Check it out! πŸ˜€

bear

It’s hard to tell without a hand or a coin in the picture, but this wallet is a long wallet that holds dollar bills long ways. I really love it a lot! 8D But I think I got a great deal on it since I believe this item was an overstock item from Betsy Johnson since the Betsy Johnson tag on the wallet listed the wallet for 72 BUCKS ORIGINALLY on it! 8D So uhhh, I guess SCORE! ❀

Entertainment: $21.96

I came in low in the Entertainment category this month! I recently signed up for a subscription to the New York Times a few months ago when their subscription service was only $4 a month during a sale special and I am still locked into that. Have been enjoying it a lot so far! ^ _^ Will probably cancel it though once it returns to be around a flat all-in-one payment of 50 bucks a year for me though. πŸ˜₯

Eating Out: $8.97

Nice and low! πŸ˜€ I don’t think I went to any restaurants in November unless LOCMom paid for my meal (btw, thank you, LOCMom! πŸ˜€ ). This month, after reviewing this category, I just bought snack-like items here and there. πŸ™‚ Candy, pork skin chips, and what not. Nothing too exciting. πŸ˜›

Budgeted Items: $0.00

All clear this month! Woot woot!

 

And the grand total of how much money I spent this month is…

*drum roll*

Grand Total: $828.90

Woot woot! Mostly everything spent! Looking back, all was well. ^ _^ So far this December, I had to buy a lot of bulk food items, so I am feeling the heat budget wise already you could say, haha. But I am pretty sure I will be okay. ❀

How was your November 2018 budget?