As i've said before, lost my job 2 weeks before X-mas in '08, exhausted my 99 weeks of UE sometime in Nov '10 before Thanksgiving. I have been on State Rental Assist. since '06 so while on UE I paid less rent and when that was exhausted I paid even less, tho still pay a nominal amount monthly and all util/phone/tv/i-net etc.
After I exhausted my UE benefits which came out to be about $13K/yr. I was eligible for SNAP food card and Medicaid. The Medicaid is going to be more expensive with Obamacare as I have read, heretofore I have not paid a cent but I think I am going to have to purchase health insurance and then will get some kind of stipend but seems like it will not be 100%.
I get $200/month on my SNAP card, but end up going over $10-$20/month; as a vegetarian I also try to buy organic as much as possible tho I do eat alot of stuff like boxed Kraft Mac 'n Cheez, etc for when too lazy/tired to make from scratch not that it much more effort to boil noodles and add butter and cheeze and milk vs. using that magic orange powder which has God knows What in it.
I probably get $15K in benefits a year just for being a pathetic loser who is obviously unemployable and too lazy/dumb to apply myself or learn anything new. In the past I have tried Masters in Nutrition, getting 2nd. BS in Psych, Certificates in Medical Coding & Transcription, becoming "proficient" with MS Office and Quickbooks and learning spanish. I was not successful at any of that so have concluded am not able to learn new stuff as my brain reached max. capacity at age 21.
Savings in 2008 $200K+ - Savings 2013 $90K and dwindling fast, I recently closed out a money market acct. as I had under the min. amount, my checking right now has $5K and I have NO CD's maturing anytime soon.
My assets have to last me untill i become eligible for retirement in 23 yrs! SS won't be enough to live off and not much in 401K
Spent over $100 today out of pocket on household items and contact lens solutions.