Apr 2, 2020
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Asking for help is OK. . That’s what one of our writers, Stephanie Bolling, lear…

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Asking for assistance is OK.👌
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That’s what one among our writers, Stephanie Bolling, discovered after she out of the blue grew to become a single mom when she was granted momentary custody of her 4-year-old niece, Averi, in 2010. Stephanie solely made $360 per week and lived paycheck to paycheck. The sudden expense of kid care compelled her to just accept public help.
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She utilized for sponsored day care, W.I.C., meals stamps and a month-to-month money help program to assist her shoulder the prices.
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Asking for assist wasn’t in my familial toolbox. My dad and mom at all times struggled financially, however they hardly ever ever requested for assist. So not taking ‘charity’ was in my blood,” she mentioned.

A community of household, buddies and coworkers surfaced to assist her, from babysitting to leaving reward playing cards on her desk. It wasn’t straightforward to just accept the assistance, however she allowed herself to lean into it.
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Ultimately, Averi was adopted by a relative, and Stephanie’s yr on public help ended. However her debt didn’t.
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It took her just a few years to get severe about paying all of it off as a substitute of ignoring it, however she lastly grew to become debt-free eight years after caring for Averi.

Her expertise modified her view of the general public help system and the way many individuals actually do want monetary assist. Asking for — and receiving — assist isn’t at all times straightforward, however it’s OK.
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What sources have you ever turned to in instances of monetary want?

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Comments to Asking for help is OK. . That’s what one of our writers, Stephanie Bolling, lear…

  • #personalfinance #publicassistance #parenting #financialassistance #inspiration #singleparent #expenses #financialtips #lessmoneystress

    thepennyhoarder April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • There’s Power In Giving 💝

    ruinsbarry April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Wow

    dushky13 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Asking for help, asking questions & arming yourself with knowledge can help if there’s ever an instance where your circumstances drastically change.

    freethenickel April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Food Stamps

    itdolltiff April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Would love to continue the conversation about this. Who is willing to collaborate?

    redlegds04 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Serious Props to Stephanie.

    karysma7 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • 💜💜💜

    tampapeter April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • Save your home California. It paid our mortgage when I lost my job and my husband was not working because of his operation.

    eliz152 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • I lost my job, became ill and became a single parent all in one year. I had to turn to welfare and food stamps, the hardest 3 months of my life. It felt humiliating. I too had coworkers, prior to loosing my job, leave me money and coats and all kinds of things that it was so painfully obvious that I needed. I eventually learned it was ok to get help to allow others to help, because I had always helped others but somehow it felt wrong for me to accept help until it didn’t. Greatest lesson in my life.

    babadoodles77 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • I ask for help, 12 y.o autistic daughter, everyone acts like I don’t deserve to ask

    nokesshanendoah April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • thank you for sharing <3

    cultivatingyourabundance April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • It is always OK!👌🏽

    motiv8moneybp April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • You rock!

    terryshiflett April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • #askforhelp 👌🏾

    stashinvesting April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply
  • I look through my stuff and if I see something I don’t use I sell it online for money.

    nolongergood1 April 2, 2020 9:54 am Reply

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