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Friday, January 24, 2014


It's been a while since I last posted, so I felt an update is in order.

The word of the day is low.

I'm low on food and low on money.  I have just enough money leftover from a few kind PayPal donations to pay my utilities... and that is it.  I have no money for food, rent, or gas.

I haven't had a face-to-face interview in months and only 2 phone interviews in the last month.  I have to keep looking, of course, but I've been looking for months with only a couple temp jobs in between.

It isn't all bad, I just submitted my 3rd freelance article to Food Dive.
You can read my latest article here.  I don't get paid much, but it will be enough for gas and food, which I will need with or without an apt to live in.

My friend bought me dinner on Tuesday night and I hadn't eaten all day.  The next time I ate was 24 hrs later, and I didn't eat at all Thursday.  I had a turkey sandwich at 3am this morning and another at about 2:30pm.  I'm trying to make what food I have last.

So yeah, right now things are pretty low.  While it's nice to receive a donation to support my writing or even just to help me out, it's not really a sustainable income stream.  I hope I find something soon.  I'm tired of looking and worrying.

Until next time,


  1. Hey Sam.
    I don't know if it will help at all, but I'm working on a guide for getting food on very little money, starting with $0. It is a work in progress, and options vary from area to area, but maybe you can find at least a few meals worth of relief. This may seem like a shameless plug, but I receive nothing for this, I'm just trying to make a comprehensive guide to help people who have been in situations like mine.

    I hope it helps in some way.

  2. Also maybe one of these can help you!

  3. Sam,
    Have you put your name in any hotels for night auditor job? Can't hurt. At least it's money coming in until you can find something else.

  4. Sam,
    I received your e-mail. But have you actually gone to the hotel to fill out an application? All you need for experience is a basic knowledge of a computer and if you're blogging you already have that. The main qualification for being a night auditor at a hotel is staying up all night. Few people want to do that. While the job doesn't pay a whole lot (starts at $9.00 an hour), you can get up to $12 an hour in a few years. The job isn't hard, you could take part-time while you look for something else. I've been working at the front desk of hotels since 1998, since I lost my banking (laid off on one and fired from the second but both times I lost the job). I've been in demand at the hotel job ever since because of the high turnover on front desk jobs. Even where I live (Rehoboth Beach area Delaware), the ads are frequent for full-time and part-time hotel jobs. You may not get the job right away but believe me, once it becomes open they'll take just about anybody and you're well qualified. At least give it a try. Good luck!

  5. Apply for food assistance! Nothing to be ashamed of. You can sometimes qualify in as little as 7 days. A single adult can get $189 a month.

  6. You could live very well for $50 a week if you moved to southern Mexico. They need English teachers. And beer is cheap there too. This is not to blow you off, and I'm not joking. Since you declined to take up my prior offer, this is all I think is appropriate now.