Hi Pat.. .yes.. once I made 3300 in one month; (long story); but mainly up to 2500.00 plus the reimbursements. I do have to pay self-employment taxes..but yay, the reimbursement are not taxable. YAY.
Last year I got a free winter jacket for 50.00; some jobs just are REIMBURSEMENT jobs... oh, and I do so many Maternity Shops; that my wardrobe is mainly maternity clothes; jackets; sweaters; undies (thongs) etc... but maternity clothes NO longer look like maternity clothes and I am a size 4/5 and get them in small. I got some cute dresses too last summer (all on the reduce rack; they don't reimbursement for superhigh things.. only up to a certain amount). I got my flip flops in a maternity shop too..lol. :)
A long linen coat too.. which flares out a bit; but was reduced by 75% so I was able to get with reimbursement acceptable amount and on and on.
I'm lucky my ex was able to keep me on his health insurance unless he remarries .. then I'll be off.
But no pension plan; ... but I have the house I bought my ex out.................and I'm living basically month to month; the last 5.5 years.... but no credit card debt except for laptop . I own about 650.00.
I have one month emergency ..
And I just got a few credit cards that have about 4000 each allowed to withdraw cash.. they sent me checks to write out too; if needed.
I won't use credit cards...but I kept these checks and such .. just in case.. I had to get about 10,000.00 in cash.. to survive is I had to stop working and sell the house; I would then pay them off immediately. I keep in case of emergency; but am never tempted to spend money.
I'm just happy I have a house and my two sons.. (my daughter 21 has her own apartment since summer.. she is a functional alcoholic ..straight A.. scholarship; 2 part time jobs at an accountant firm and bank.. but a drunk like her grandfather and other relatives that I stopped seeing decades ago).
All my struggles to live in a good neighborhood; my two oldest graduating college in May (then she'll go for her CPA)... but the one thing..Functional genius Alcoholism runs in my family..that was the one thing can't win against... by being a SAHM and working Mystery Shopping and being home for them all... still could not win over that.
I thought I had a Blessed life as a single mom; with Mystery Shopping and being home.. sorry to hear about your friend Luvd_Lioness.... and her 13 year old child.. no I did not read those entries yet. ((hugs)) to her. (being a good mom is no guarantees how our children turn out.. my house is so peaceful with my daughter in her own 1200 a month apartment; she was coming home drunk 4 to 5 times a week; sleep two hours and go to work/college.. and I hardly slept). Once she turned 21; I made her get her own apartment to not be part of the Insanity of Alcoholism. I learn in Al-Anon.. I'm powerless; but I don't have to ruin my life too. she is an adult .. almost 22... and she feels it is not a problem.. she has to realize that for herself.
But 13.. that is so young... thank goodness my soon to be 12 is into only baseball and now hockey... thank goodness.. and my house is peaceful and HAPPY.. (keeping my fingers crossed the alcoholism skips over him as it did me and my older son).
Maybe she can do some Mystery Shopping .. during her lunch hours if any stores in your area.. here I can do so many in a 10 block radius.. for example.
For many the gas and time is not worth it.. they don't pay much per job; it is more volume; and people who drive say they lose moeny with tolls and gas and far distance if not a crowded busy city.
Still Surviving in New York City (and thriving at times too).