I briefly looked over the blog ...I am not sure what the standards are for a family of 5 ...but do know in my state that making over 450 dollars a month kicks you out of healthcare financial assistance and foodstamps when you have a family of 2. Though that may have raised a bit it is doubtful by how much.
Regardless ...WIC should be available to her though it is not only low income that qualifies for that program but a health issue must be present such as anemic or borderline. There is a list of others it has been a long time since I was on the program as my children have grown.
Most communities have a food pantry ...the Methodist church makes that a mission of theirs along with organizations like the Salvation Army, WSOS and several others I could list and name that step in and help at various times of the year. I don't see why one can not swallow their pride to use these institutions and attempt to make life a bit easier especially if you have children. I have used them on and off and also donated back money and that when I was on my feet .
I have made it through earning 1,000 dollars a month ...I am fortunate that my utilities - gas , electric , water , sewer , trash removal are included in my rent and have a landlord that works with me so my budget there to put a roof over my family only cost me $ 450.00 a month. Though no way shape or form would I be able to put 5 people in the apartment and not loose my mind as it only has 2 bedrooms.
Phone is through magic jack so that costs 19.99 for the year .
Cable/Internet - $ 80.00 <probably should get a lower package ...but I love my DVR and high speed internet >
Food and other household necessities ...most likely spend about 300 a month.
The rest of my money goes to help my daughter with gas and catch up the shortages she runs into with her minimum wage job ....cigarettes and the maybe once a week lunch or dinner out . Buying small gifts for birthdays , medcine and the like .
I got bills I can not pay ..lost my car through it all as I tried to rotate payments ..a very humbling experience when at one point I most likely brought home over 3,000 dollars a month. Yes to me ..one can enjoy life on a low income and I am sure you can get to the point where you can make saving , cutting corners an artform in itself . Is it something one would wish to do ..I would think not . Having struggled on and off all my life you just do what it is you need to do and make family and the time you spend with each other the most important thing.
So the comment ...This is more than enough ? ....is just not in my mind true. I miss getting my nails done , getting my hair done , going shopping for clothes ..buying flowers just because I can ...going on vacations ...actually walking out and getting in my own car and going anywhere I want to go instead of asking for a ride ....being able to help a neighbor out instead of receiving the help . My list goes on ...trust me .
So yea you can live on that amount of money but who wants to . Honestly .