Po’ Girl is officially arse-out Po’!
I have just received my discharge in the chapter 7 bankruptcy I was forced to file due to the unexpected loss of my job, which is a very long story, the expiration of my unemployment, the loss of three more part-time jobs and the depletion of my entire life savings. I now find myself having to live on social security, a lower amount for early application, and the very small pension I managed to accrue with one of the companies I was employed with years ago. The only reason I even needed to file was to prevent my mortgage companies from trying to collect monies from me that I simply don’t have. I never had any credit card problems like most. I only purchased what I could afford.
There was no way I could have kept my home as victim to predatory lending in 2005. My home is only worth about half of what I paid for it originally, even after improvements so since I don’t have an extra $75,000 or so to give these game playing banks, I chose to stay as long as possible and keep paying on it. The loan payments were also due to go up an additional $400-$500 per month this year as well. My only regret is that I didn’t file sooner because they allow you to have more money in your savings than I thought in a bankruptcy and I should never have let my cash reserve get this low. I have already stopped making my mortgage payments and expect to receive notice of foreclosure any day now.
Be sure to contact a bankruptcy expert if you ever find yourself in financial hardship before you waste all your savings in a vain attempt trying to hang on to your home. They should be able to suggest some options for you. What ever you do, don’t use any service that claims will help you to keep your home. Most of these are scams as well as most so-called experts are anything but. There are some legitimate programs available for those that wish to keep their homes.
Pension wise, I need to decide between a small monthly annuity to help with my living expenses and renting somewhere really cheap or just withdraw the lump sum if I happen to find a cheap fixer-upper that is of move-in condition and I will only need to pay for the tax, insurance and utilities which should still be cheaper than most rents though possibly turn into a money pit. Unfortunately, the prices of homes are on the rise again, though I’m not sure how or why. The economy, I’m finding out, it truly in the eyes of the beholder. If you are financially solvent, it’s great. For folks like me, not so good.
There are apartments for the elderly and disabled that I am now in the income bracket for, but it seems like a place to go when you are on your way out of this world. I still feel young and vibrant and really am not looking forward to the almost nursing home atmosphere, even if it will be kinder to my purse. I may take the easy way out and do this, but I still want to try new things. I forgot that not having money is a real deal-breaker a plan-changer, it’s a female dog!
I am going to attempt an etsy shop very soon but fear their website is so over saturated with home-made items right now. Years ago you could make a buck because there was less competition, but now I understand from some that sales are hard to come by. I’ll try it for a few months and if no sales, I will be doing strictly craft shows. I’ve never made much money hanging in art galleries and doing shows, but when I used to do craft shows with my baskets, I made a few bucks and I really loved the camaraderie with the other crafters. Might have just been the economy at the time. I really believe that we have never economically recovered since 9/11.
I am trusting in God to be led by the spirit for the rest of my days. I will trust in the Lord and I will be led down the right paths from now on.