How to Survive as a Single Mom in Today's Economy


One in four children in the United States is being raised by a single parent, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. As a single parent, you may often feel that you are barely making enough money to make ends meet and that your support system is not sufficient enough for your children's needs. It is difficult to admit that you need help and that you are struggling to make it on your own in this economy. There are ways to survive the economy as a single mom and make ends meet; you just have to be willing to search for them.

  • Create a budget and examine your spending. Write down all of the things that you spend money on during the month; include your bills, coffee-house coffees, restaurant meals and any spending you do that is not on necessities for you or your children. Cut out any extra costs, such as cable television and eating out. Work to pay off old debts, or contact the people whom you owe money to work out a payment plan.

  • Create healthy meals for your family from scratch so that you can budget exactly how much money you will spend on each meal. Be savvy with your grocery money by planning your shopping around what's on sale, and apply coupons to the sale items.

  • Purchase bus and train passes to use instead of driving your car. Public transportation is usually cheaper than driving a car, and you will have fewer transportation costs, not to mention that you will be doing something good for the environment.

  • Participate in free activities for your children. Cities and towns will usually advertise free activities at the city hall, in newspapers and online at the city website. Bring your own food and drink to the events to save the cost of buying food there.

  • Join single-parent groups to help create a network of friends who are also single. These groups help you to form a support system of people who are in the same situation as you. Your new social network of single parents can inform you about government agencies and programs that offer help to single-parent families, and they can give you tips on surviving the economy as a single mom.

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