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Single Parenting Ain’t Easy!

I’m a 28 year old single mom. Being a single mom has caused me to tap into every resource possible, but sometimes I feel like I fall through the cracks. My son is now 2 1/2 and the last 3 years of my life have been very trying. I’ve dealt with numerous health issues which have not only put me at a near death experience, but have drained my funds. I love spending quality time with my son, but it isn’t always possible to go out and do things because money is a factor. I’ve depleted all of my savings just trying to make ends meet and unfortunately, my son’s father does not contribute and is not involved in my son’s life (his choice). I do work, but I am barely making ends meet. If it wasn’t for my supportive family, I can’t imagine where I would be. They have helped me through difficult times and helped to make sure that my son has a “normal life”. It is difficult that at 28, there are some things that I am dependent on my parents for. I never imagined that I would be in this position and that I would have to deplete my savings. Most recently, this week, I have had an increase in 4 bills which have totaled a $140 monthly increase. Of course, with a fixed budget, this had caught me off guard and I have been scrambling a bit to figure out how I will come up with the extra $140 a month. I know that somehow, someway, it will happen, but the extra stress has been difficult. Knowing that this increase is coming, I now have to cut out money from somewhere else, which means even less time out of the house. I already live a very simple life and have cut out unnecessary spending. Aside from that, I would love to be able to somehow repay my parents for what they’ve given my son and I. I am so very grateful that I have their love and support and that I have been given a second chance at life!

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