need some advice and help

Sarah - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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hi i am sarah 17 i have recently got my daughter back and i get income support still not getting child benefit.



i get 101.00 a fortnight

how can i cut down on spending out

i go throu all the money within a day

i am paying out for my daughters nappies milk etc with my income support



any advice

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Antonia - posted on 07/19/2009

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I read your post last week and have tried to give it some thought. The Health VIsitors can give you the forms for Healthy Start- £6 a week vouchers for up to 1 yr old baby ( then goes down to £3). This is for fruit vegetables and milk- I know it doesn't sound much but it will help. I agree with the others writing in- boiling up a few vegetables or fruit is so much cheaper. Did you apply for a sure start grant?- you can get up to £500 as a one off until your baby is year old . I recommend shopping around for any nappies or things- use every voucher from Bounty club or Boots etc that you can lay yours hands on and often Asda do very good deals. Hopefully you have a childrens centre / health visitors clinic near you who will have much better knowledge of any other ideas. Never turn down any offers ofn clothes, toys, or nursery stuff ( second hand or new)- you might be able to sell it on ebay if you dont need it. This means hanging out with other mothers or Aunties or Grannies but they are often very generous.
I dont know what your options are at finding a job but in the end, its what a lot of us have to do, even if it seems like a huge struggle. Thats life though. And in the end your daughter will grow up with a better understanding of how to get on in hers.
All the best and good luck.

Kiri - posted on 07/15/2009

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you should apply for healthy start, they give vouchers for fresh milk, veg and baby formula. i get 24.80 for a month. i also applied for child tax credit which is 60 a week. try these options coz they really help me manage. go on the jobcentre website to find out what you may be entitled to. hope this helps you.

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Try and make meals that are simple, things like potatoes, beans, rice and eggs are super cheap. Don't eat out or eat packaged/prepared foods. Minimize the amount of meat that you buy, it's super expensive. Depending on your laundry situation, using cloth diapers could save you a bunch of money. Look into your local church, they might be able to help you out a LOT. Also, look for a local mom's group, they might be able to help you with some things as well. You're not alone, there are a lot of people struggling right now. You can do it!

Heather - posted on 07/14/2009

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are you able to get any help from social services? wic is a program sponsered by your local health department and you may qualify to get free formula your baby. Im not sure if i was of any help, i hope so.

Heather - posted on 07/14/2009

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are you able to get any help from social services? wic is a program sponsered by your local health department and you may qualify to get free formula your baby. Im not sure if i was of any help, i hope so.

Heather - posted on 07/14/2009

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are you able to get any help from social services? wic is a program sponsered by your local health department and you may qualify to get free formula your baby. Im not sure if i was of any help, i hope so.

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