Single Moms, You Amaze Me

Giving A Helping Hand

I’ve been a single mom for nearly three months, and it’s been unbelievably tough.

After being debt-free for 10 years, I racked up $4,200 in debt to start my new life. It's now up to $5,000. I set aside $400 each month for credit-card bills, but it gets eaten up by curveball expenses.

I only have one income now. There’s no one to pick up my slack when I have a bad day. Or a bad month.

And it’s not just money that’s scarce—my schedule is less flexible. I’m fortunate to have an ex who’s an awesome dad. But on the days the kids are with me, they’re all mine—no extra room in my budget for babysitters.

Lately I’m having weird fantastical visions of creating a communal home for divorced working mothers so we can have a support structure in our lives—financially, emotionally, logistically.

We’d share meals, shopping, child care and last-minute impossible doctor’s appointments. It's a dream I'm tempted to act on.

I have no advice, just empathy, as I'm still on a downward spiral, especially financially. Power to you, single working moms. How do you do it?

Team up. How could single working moms help each other out more?

Sasha Miller is a DailyWorth contributor, writing about the financial side of starting over as a single mom of two.

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