Hey All, Thanks to everyone for the tips and the nakedness. It's much appreciated. I live on government disability of $1050 per mo. My rent is $700 per mo which is bottom of the barrel for a bachelor/studio apt. in my city. I might do better in the suburbs but I think I'd lose the will to live. As it is, I have one of the cheapest apt.s in the city in a fantastic location just one block away from an off leash dog beach. I can't get down there every day, or every week, but when we (little dog and I) can, it's such extravagant luxury that I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I had the gas stove removed as I was paying $30 per mo. for the pilot light. I use a hotplate now. My monthly bills for utilites and the like - electricity, phone, cable, internet - combined, are $150 to $175. I have forgotten something because I know I don't actually have $200 per mo after paying my bills. I must have miscalculated but I can't think (literally can't think) where. I usually have about $150 per mo. for everything save housing and connectivity. I eat rice, lentils, frozen veg, popcorn, day old bread and eggs. OH, and coffee. There is a grocery store right across the street from me which I use because that's as far as I can get but it's very expensive so I stick to a just a few foods. I rarely buy anything you can't eat. Laundry costs $2 per load - and that doesn't take into account the price of soap - so it doesn't get done very often. I am almost always in my knickers inside in the summer so as not to dirty my "school clothes". This serves a dual purpose as I don't dare put my window ac in and pay those electricity bills! I am an inert, nearly naked person instead. I never go to the movies or anywhere else which would be more painful to deal with if not for the fact that I'm vertically challenged anyway. A fragrance sensitive neighbour sometimes comes running down the hall to divest herself of something wonderfully stinky she has been gifted by her clueless family. I get some really wonderful soaps and lotions. It's a good thing I'm not sensitive because the window right next to my head is just above the vent from the laundry room so my apt. is often Bounce scented. I was thrilled when people started wearing flipflops in the city in the summer because my sandals were nearly dead and there was no way to replace them. I panicked last winter when my little dog needed extensive dentistry but there is a wonderful fund (The Farley Fund) that will pay, one time, up to $1000 per vet. clinic, per year and last year a local vet. used the entire amt. to take care of my little dog. Thank you Dog! I mean, God! I'm Canadian so I do not pay for health care or insurance for same. Since I'm on ODSP I am also covered for dentist, glasses and pay only $2 per prescription. HUGE help! However, I have not had the verticality nor the bus fare to take much advantage of the dental or glasses - I squint and chew on one side. Now that I find I can spend more time on the computer, I am contemplating how I could make some money with it. (I started a thread with some questions I have for those of you who write - believe it or not, all evidence to the contrary, one of the things I used to do was write.) If I figure out a way to make some money, 50% of what I make will be deducted from my cheque. If I reach a certain threshold, I'm on my own again - which would be fantastic if I could manage it. I mean to say: It will be fantastic when I can manage it! peas (frozen) ETA I get $1020, not 1050!