While I hesitate to be judgmental about these matters, there are single, widowed, and divorced parents with children who do not have two incomes and a young adult male in the household, like the couple described at the link. These people have it good, as they say.
The other couple in the article even have a dog!
There are state programs where the kids can get breakfast and lunch at school for free.
There are 30 days in a month x 3 meals a day= 90 meals per person, per month.
5 days a week in school x 4 weeks a month= 20 days a month x 2 meals= 40 meals per person, per month, free from school
Ok, so why doesn’t the guy find a job flipping burgers down on the corner rather than and hour and a half away? There are closer jobs he could find. And why isn’t the gal working? Obviously they have some sort of child care since they don’t have the kid with them at midnight. Why does it take both of them to shop when one could be home with the baby and save having to pay a sitter? That’s money down the drain. If there is a sitter, then the woman can get a job.
And feeding a dog? No, if you can’t feed your kid, you don’t need the dog. Sorry, but I’m not believing this. Someone is lying or is just too lazy to take responsiblity for themselves.
Besides, if you have to make the budget last the whole month, then you don’t shop at midnight on the first. You search the grocery circular every week to get the sales. Then you schedule your trips to hit the soon to expire markdowns. What are they doing buying bacon? Bacon is expen$ive. Granted, tortillas aren’t expensive but they can be made at home for nearly nothing and are way better than store bought. If this is the mentality that they’re using for other parts of their lives it’s no wonder they’re in this shape.