Hang in there!!!!!

 Hello Dear Reader,

I often sit and do my school work and listen to something on the I player and tonight, I listened to Radio 5 Live as it was about ‘Foodbanks’ which provide emergency food parcels for families in crisis. So often, I’ll listen to something like this and I wonder why I’m crying. Here’s the link to the radio programme.http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b0178ggy

My son is now twenty five and he and I lived as a family unit whilst he was a little boy. For a short time, I couldn’t find any work and spent a short and miserable time on state benefits and I know first hand what it is like to live well below the poverty level. I may have dug my way out of that within six months but nonetheless, I know what it’s like. For quite a while, I just about managed to pay my rent, put money in my electricity meter, buy a few second hand clothes and coal for our fire. I know first hand how hard it is to claw my way out of unemployment and into a job. For quite a while, I had three jobs to get by. I worked in an old people’s home as a carer at the weekend, cleaned posh folk’s houses by day and worked in a local pub behind the bar in the evening. I was lucky, my mum looked after my son overnight and at the weekend. I missed him terribly but I kept a roof over his head.

I know I am one of the lucky ones who made it out the other side. There are so many people who just have to hang on! Tonight, some people will only eat because Foodbank, churches and charities have fed them. Tonight, as the temperature drops, elderly people on fixed incomes will not be able to have any heating. As food prices soar, as fuel and energy prices continue to rise, families will be making the choice between food or heating.Mark and Helen’s story – those who don’t make it! and there’s more and more people facing real hardship Foodbanks and soup kitchens

Many families, like mine will have had pay cuts (DB – 10%) and just have to get on with it. There are those of us who are just finding it tough but we’ll get through it, to those of us – hang on.xxx

Love Froogsxxxxx


14 thoughts on “Hang in there!!!!!

  1. Amen! let us be grateful for what we have – and let us be generous with what we have.

    The world had enough for everyone's need – but not for everyone's greed

    great post! blessings x


  2. we have a local foodbank and our workteam makes a monthly donation. If I spend an extra £1 per week on groceries it means i can donate 15 tins of value veg and fruit. recently my friend @motherofpurl left our team and instead of a leaving gift she wanted foodbank donations. We spent the £30 of her collection on a trolley full of food's for families in need. what ever your situation there is always someone worse of. we will be having bumper December collections to get some extra christmas goodies


  3. Here in the U.S. we will be celebrating Thanksgiving next week and we have all been thinking about the blessings in our lives. Your post today fits right in. I think with winter close at hand and the fall cold here already I will take a moment and be thankful for my family, home, cars, and the money to keep our home (relatively) warm. Even though we wear long underwear and jackets in the house, at least we can't see our breath! I have been preparing for winter since August and have provisions stored incase we can't get to the grocery. Thanks for another lovely post.


  4. Life is really tough. I am on NMW for only what I class as less than half a job hours wise. I was last month worse off than I was on the dole earning only 200 for a months work( thats JSA alone – didnt get any other benefit/rent) and on top of that I was worse off by another 800 as flatmate co7uldnt cover the mortgage.Every time I shop the cheap crap small amounts of value food etc cost more . Last week I noticed the loo roll I buy has gone up from 65p to now 1.05 in just over a year. I am tough but am really close to stretching point.


  5. Hi again

    Wanted to thank you for your generosity!

    I too was a single parent and worked two jobs. My strongest memory of that time was the ever present anxiety. life is much easier now but I am afraid those feelings will always remain and that may not be a bad thing as it allows one to be compassionate and mindful of what is really important.

    Just wondering what your thoughts are on charity while living so frugally.

    Also with regards to the poster at the bottom of your post, I was wondering where you found it and are the figures substantiated? I wanted to quote. Thanks


  6. Makes me think of the time where our church considered us (husband and I) poor enough to receive a Thanksgiving basket with food for a full dinner. Needless to say, this was a very rich parish and we were, well, living in a shabby flat & had lower-income jobs.

    We gladly took the food and then turned around and donated the equivalent money to a food bank.


  7. It is truly a sad thing, the way the government hands out checks so freely in our area,to folks who are much younger, and much more capable of working than some, but if you have worked for many years at a job, and suddenly find you need help, it takes an act of Congress to get it,if you even can. In many cases, you can not.Things are really messed up in that area of government in our country.
    Frugal Queen, you are an inspiration to folks around the world. I admire and respect you for what you have done and are continuing to do in regards to pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and finding a way to go on with your life,even though, at times, it gets pretty rough.You set an excellent example for the youth everywhere,to follow.


  8. We have a place in a tiny town of 267 people. There is a food bank in the basement of the Baptist church. The church is always left unlocked (unusual where I live) so people can leave donations. The food bank does not get help from any outside sources–this town takes care of its own. The food bank has become my favorite charity. Whenever I see a super-duper sale, I pick up an extra (or two) for the food bank, and make a monthly drop-off. This month I have several bottles of laundry detergent (you can't buy non-foods with food stamps), 10 lbs. of potatoes and several bags of flour and sugar, all bought on sale with coupons. I'll be making the drop-off Friday. Last Christmas this food bank distributed 45 baskets of food to families in town and nearby, and every month there are 3 large families who need food to get by. Angela is right: “Let us be generous with what we have.”


  9. We too have been dirt poor, pawning items to get to the end of the month, going fishing so there'd be something for dinner. So now that I can I regularly donate to the Salvation Army and our local food bank.


  10. This post broke my heart. I complain about having to budget and save but we are not in any dire straits whatsoever. It makes me appreciate what we do have so much more. Bless you and your son. I have nothing but admiration for you.


  11. Edweana {SP?}, the woman on the radio program , should do a reality TV show, taking the place of someone, on the Dole ,say for three months.I bet she wouldn't walk six miles for a bag of food to live on till the next week. Best wishes roxy


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