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Open Forum: Any suggestions for this budget?


Hope makes $9.50 per hour and works 40 hours per week. Her gross income is $1,520 per month. Hope has two children, one in school and one who needs daycare. These are her expenses: $540 rent/house payment; $100 weekly daycare; $65 mandatory car insurance; $100 weekly budget food and luxuries like Tampax, toilet paper; drives 15 miles to work each way. Gas close to $4 per gallon.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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