A Hundred Dollar For A Family of Four

Growing up wasn't that easy for a simple girl who is shy and almost doesn't talk in public. My family has had a lack of resources since I was a kid, as my parents were just starting a small family. I remember one time my parents told me and my older brother to hide during snack time because we only have water and fried bananas on our lunchbox. That is not because they thought we would feel ashamed of our snacks but because they didn't want us to see how other wealthy kids are enjoying expensive food that they can afford to buy in the canteen.


Every day, we were being reminded not to expose ourselves to expensive food, toys or school supplies and other things so we didn't get attached. Then I ended up not exposing myself too much to my classmates, that's why I was shy and I learned to be independent with regards to making my projects. I do have a lot of friends but never did I ask for help in how to make my work creative because I got used to doing things by myself. My friends can afford project materials that I cannot, but I can make things happen by looking for the cheapest and best alternatives.

Fast forward, I got a small job, got married and for more than eight years been waiting for a long time promised promotion. It is very frustrating knowing that my family has grown over the years and still this promotion hasn't come. We cannot afford for a house assistant, so one of us has to stay at home and look for the kids while one is working. Since I was the one who got a job first, I would be the sole breadwinner.

What can I do while searching for my luck? Well, I started searching online for extra income. I bake cakes and cookies to sell at my workplace and work during regular hours at the same time. Despite my hard work, I still get less. All my salary goes to household expenses, mostly just on bills and what's left will be the online income which actually is a very big help. Getting a hundred bucks a month online provides my family with milk and clothing for my kids. It provides our personal household necessities like hygiene kits, medicine and a little of some things, etc.

So far, despite these shortcomings in life, my family is healthy and happy. I have realized that my parents have given me the best lesson, which is to be strong in facing the struggles as I start building my own family. We were able to bring the trait of contentment and find the most resources out of scarcity of funds.

P.S. The attached image is a sample picture of my baked banana cakes which I used to sell every day in kindergarten schools and at my workplace.


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January 17, 20192 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing your story with us.

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January 17, 20191 found this helpful

Struggle influences creative thinking. Theres always a way to make the struggle a bit easier. Youve found one way! Good for you!!! Your cakes look delicious! Ive been frugal all my life but much more so since my job reduced hours, ACA was implemented and insurance keeps going up, and my husband is on a fixed income. Being content with what you do have makes this lifestyle a bit easier.

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January 17, 20190 found this helpful

I believe all the struggles will end in God's time. I take this as a great challenge as an individual.


Though I would not just stay as is but I would never stop being frugal when I get to the most succeeding point of my life.

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January 19, 20190 found this helpful

Have you tried finding a better-paying job, doing what you're doing now? Eight years is a long time to wait for a promotion. If you got a better offer from another company, your present company might realize that they'd better try to keep you.

I wish I could help more. I used to teach resume writing, but I haven't kept up with internet resumes since I retired. I admire your resourcefulness, and I wish you well.

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January 20, 20190 found this helpful

Yes, I never stopped @Jodi Murray H. My husband and I are looking for a better job, it's just that in this country you don't get hired with your knowledge and skills. You only get recognized during election period and if not on elections you get hired when you know someone with a huge name in the society.


Which is very unfair. All the hardworks doesn't pay off. But we're still hopeful and are trying to get more connections to be able to get the position we were both aspiring for very long.

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January 30, 20190 found this helpful

where do you make an extra $100 a month? I'm looking to find that.

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January 31, 20191 found this helpful

She makes it from ThriftyFun contest submissions. Crafts and recipes are paid $5-20, depending on the amount and quality of the photos, and winning contest entries are $50 each. Katrine hasn't won the Answer contest but that is another way that we are able to give back to our members.


We are always looking for more ideas and hope to have featured contests throughout the year on specific subjects. Currently, we are running a wedding tip contest for our sister site, www.myfrugalwedding.com that has not received any entries yet. I think we need to get 3 in order to pay out the $50. :)


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