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when there is NO income

May 26th, 2006 at 09:26 pm

I made a new friend today. A delightful lady with such a positive outlook on life. She has fibromyalgia and is unable to work.

She receives a small amount in food stamps, but that is all. So she depends on her family for a place to live.

In return, she cleans their homes, cooks, and takes care of their children when she is feeling well enough.

She and I just had a nice long visit and she was showing off her 'new' sketchers tennis shoes. She was just tickled with her shoes...they look brand new and they are very cute.

They were a hand-me-downs from a niece who no longer wanted them. The niece also gave her some sandals, which my new friend proudly wears to church (and gets compliments on) with her thift store dress.(again, that she is very proud of).

I am looking forward to getting to know her much better. She is frugal-wise in ways I won't pretend to understand.

I gained a new perspective today...I have always looked at frugal finds as a 'cool thing that saved me a little money'...but today I saw how a frugal find is a necessity for some to even have the basics.

I know, pretty naive and nearsighted of me.

I am already trying to come up with small ways to make a difference for her....I can't do alot, but I can (and will) do something(s). Smile

A nice, surprise blessing to my day.

4 Responses to “when there is NO income”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    She sounds like a wonderful person and a nice new friend to have!

  2. markio26 Says:

    what a wonderful post.. you are so warm hearted.. glad you have a new friend and learning from her is nice. she is really rich with happiness in her life, it sounds like despite her health problems.

  3. money ideas Says:

    am deeply touched by your friend's story.
    you could start a blog for her where she could enter her thoughts and experiences, and maybe add a paypal button, that may go someway to help. Wishing your new friend all the best..

  4. Fibrolupusgrandma Says:

    I too have fibromyalgia and am disabled. My family is either unable to help or can't understand the illness, so I have to do without a lot, (even meds which are not cheap) however, those of us who have known frugal for most of our lives, can relate to your new wonderful friend. God bless you all.

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