The first part of the month I bought enough food for that month. Meat was put in a freezer. Canned goods, peanut butter and other items were stored in the pantry.
My young son hated the crust of bread. When I made him peanut butter sandwiches without the crust for lunch I ate the crust for my lunch.
Somehow with no life insurance , after my first husband's death, I was able to save enough to buy my first home in 1975.
I worked part time, too.
I come from a long line of relatives who believe "where there is a will ....there is a way."
You are obviously a very strong, independent, and intelligent Mom, Lysie. I can only imagine your now grown son is in awe of what you have accomplished.
very bad idea for a young family, sacrifice somewhere else and have at least 10 years income in term insurance...very reasonable.