Working on SSDI means you are limited to $1,100 a month or you lose your benefits. Losing the income would be difficult, but losing the medical would be deadly. This said, during times when I am not so bad off I try to come up with ways to bring in additional income that is unearned. … Continue reading Side gig – Sign up bonuses
I ended 2018 on such a high note. Six years after discovering Mr. Money Mustache, I finally met all the financial goals I set out to complete in a year. I had an emergency fund, got my mortgage under $50k, and paid off my credit cards. And then, 2019 came in - pardon me - like … Continue reading Sh*t hits the fan y’all.
Financially, 2018 was a huge success, but physically? It was a huge challenge. I have chronic illness and health conditions that are difficult to manage on a good day, but then a new one decided to join in: Iron Deficiency Anemia. During the first few months of the year I became more and more tired … Continue reading An Anemic Year
All last year I worked towards goals that I set the year before. For the first time - I actually did it. I succeeded. Honestly? It freaked me out. I know what failure looks like. I know what to do after failing. I know what comes next. Now? What the hell comes next you guys? … Continue reading Guys. It’s a new year and I am terrified.
Before I was Disabled Girl on Fire. I was Thriving Disabled. This was a blog/podcast that I tried to launch anonymously. Anonymity was a major problem. I was trying to be all cloak and dagger, and I couldn't be outright fully honest. I realized that by hiding and being stealthy I wasn't going to help … Continue reading I have a SECRET identity.
When I was 30 years old I had been on disability for six years. I worked 10-12 hrs a week at a job I had maintained for two years (my longest job history ever) and averaged $1,200 - $1,400 a month. I wanted independence and a better relationship with my parents and that wasn't going … Continue reading How I bought a house on SSDI with an income under $1,400 a month.
I was fortunate for some time. Since I was determined to be disabled under a certain age I was able to stay on my mom's health insurance plan for many years. My mom bore the burden of this cost for over a decade. The amount of which I only realized much, much later when it … Continue reading Social Security: Part 5 Medical/ Medicare
One cannot live on SSDI alone, so I had to come up with something I could do that would bring in some income and I could do even when I was having a very bad day and in pain. Years after SSDI was granted for other issues I developed an idiopathic autoimmune condition. I have … Continue reading Income: Pet sitting
For the last twenty plus years I have wrestled with guilt. I call it, “survivor’s guilt,” as a riff on the original meaning. I survive today because programs exist to support people with disabilities at a rate far greater than the past. Yet there is such a stigma attached to using them when your disability … Continue reading Social Security Part 4: Guilt and Shame
About two weeks ago I looked on Ikea.com and decided I wanted the Friheten couch. My friend and I had planned on an Ikea trip in two days, so I would have the opportunity to mess around with it in person and make sure that I liked it. I'm a fan of getting to Ikea … Continue reading I manifested a Friheten.