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Total Tally Tuesday: Checking Account Balances!

Every Tuesday, we’ll report exactly how much our families have in their checking accounts -- and what they’re planning to do with it.

blank_pageLori: $99.56

I need to figure out how to make a payment to the daycare ($85) and continue to put gas in my car this week. Between work and school I went through 2 tanks of gas in a week! My expenses are already rising, but I won’t get paid for another 2 weeks yet. I may need to ask my ex-husband about making a child support payment early, even if just a partial one. I don’t like being reliant on that, but it’s the only source of income that has yet to come in and might get me through without having to borrow money – an even less attractive option in my mind. The irony is knowing that thousands of dollars are on their way – much of it already waiting for me – I just can’t access any of it until the 25th. So, it’s still one day at a time.

Leah: $ 457.90

We need to get groceries this week and pay for Eric's truck, which needs to be fixed. He has an appt. for Thursday. Yesterday, I had to go to a specialist for a treatment that is not covered by my health insurance. This cost me $79 and the follow-up is on Thursday and will cost me $35. This is going to be a very rough month. We will be able to pay all the bills and cover food and gas, however we will not be able to stick to Karen's plan of paying as much as she expects us to on our existing credit card debt. Last month I had $10 left over with one week to spare. It is not feasible to live like that. We were forced to use credit cards and now we are paying for it this month.

Natasha: $0

The credit union account is empty, and I still have a negative $600 balance with my bank. My cousin is letting me borrow her food stamps, since tomorrow is my preschooler’s birthday. Basically, my aunt’s passing hit me like a ton of bricks. I lived with her for 2.5 years, so the financial burden of her passing fell on me, too. It seems like every day money is needed. We’re doing a wake-keeping: Everyone comes over to eat, drink and sit with us. The funeral is in Africa, so we will be sending money over there. I feel obligated, especially since I’ll never get the chance to show her my appreciation for the things she did for me. But I guess we’ll be ok til next payday next Wednesday.