Who Is The Best? Essay

1854 Words Mar 16th, 2016 8 Pages
It is hard to imagine what it is like to live with next to nothing until you sit down and pull it apart piece by piece. I spent countless hours making a budget, and then rewriting the budget, until I finally got to the point where I could make a family of four successfully live off of a yearly income of $24,251. I visited websites I never thought I’d visit and budgeted things I unconsciously assumed everyone already had. The experience was both stressful and rewarding all in one. In the end, it all worked out for the family who is hypothetical in this situation but reflects the real lives of so many in the United States. I used two different avenues when it came to researching my paper. For the majority of the information I found I used online sources. I Googled everything from how many diapers a baby uses a year, to the requirements for qualifying for SNAP in Nebraska, to how many gallons of gas a 1999 Ford Taurus holds. I used online estimators to figure out how much the different forms of insurance would cost. I also did a lot of math by hand, which was very time consuming since I am awful at math. When it came to brainstorming items the family might need that I had not thought of on my own, I reached out to my ex-boyfriend Mike Stewart, who is allowing me to mention him in my paper, and who helped me think of items like silverware and towels. I used him as a resource because on more than one occasion in his 32 years he has had to pick up and move with literally nothing…

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