So many decisions to make. In my Ghanaian culture, family is everything. We have my aunt's funeral coming up next month, and we're all supposed to contribute ... but I don't know where this money is coming from. My mother's 50th birthday is today and I honestly don't have enough money to buy her a card. My paycheck just got cut by $200 because I signed on to a flexible spending account for childcare and I just got on a healthcare plan. (We had Medicaid before.) It's KILLING me. I need to get in touch with Gerry ASAP to change my deductions to see if I can free up any money for the trip to Ghana. The plane tickets come out to $2300 for the kids and myself.
The kids' father wants to use a child as a deduction and I know he could use the money, but I need it too. He's way behind on his student loans and I feel bad because he does pay for our 3-year-old's school fees and buys the kids' clothes, but I'm leaning towards saying no. Even without paying any bills, I'm broke 'til next payday, so I seriously wonder how I'll do it when I consolidate and have to make monthly payments on my debt. It's getting harder to stay afloat when life's unexpected are coming faster than anticipated, if that makes any sense!