What sort of an organization might I contact to get finances for an optometry expense? I am sensitive to sunlight and get migraines. I'm trying to get a pair of polarized wraparound sunglasses, the kind that go over eyeglasses (which I already have). They cost about forty dollars, are not prescription, and aren't covered by insurance.
Fay Doll still

Poor Man's Bacon

Poor Man's Bacon, as I call it, is deli ham slices cooked in butter. I call it Poor Man's Bacon because of how I first thought of it. My deli ham slices were producing that particular smell which means "we're gonna go bad soon, boss," and - not wanting to eat it while it smelled - I fried it up in butter and what I got tasted just like bacon.
Mimzy girl sit

Free eye exam?

My roommate badly needs glasses. She could afford the glasses, but doesn't have the money to get a prescription, which would cost around $200, and has no health insurance. Does anyone know where she could go to get a free or really cheap eye exam and glasses prescription? Location: Portland, Oregon.
  • Current Mood
    optimistic optimistic


$300 quote for an attempt to solve our apartment's ant problem. (seattle, fwiw.) 80% certainty they're coming in through the poorly(if at all)-sealed windowsill and tracking to the kitchen along (also unsealed) baseboard-moulding. building's maintenance company had spraying done around the exterior last week, but clearly failed/waited too long. i've confirmed that these particular specimens could not possibly give a damn about their paths being blocked/buried with iodized salt. largely resigned to spraying them with vinegar when sighted.

advice massively appreciated as usu.; extended anecdotes/reminiscences good for reciprocal babble about the other ants from my last visit to the motherland.

ETA: i forgot to mention that there are two cats here, but that mostly seems to be irrelevant.
Elle looks up

Oregon human services question

I'm currently on food stamps. I seem to recall something on the same form about some kind of help if one's rent and utilities exceed one's income. I'm not sure what will be required for that, though I suppose some bills, proof of income, etc. If anyone can offer more specifics, that would be great. I'm going to be going in tomorrow anyway, but if I can find out the answer before then, it would speed things up for me.

Also, I'm not quite sure where to go with a problem concerning Medicare, which I'm on. I live in Portland.

Thanks in advance!
MLP - pinkie chicken

(no subject)

Hello, Poor Skillers.

I have previously always lived in a prepaid-electricity sort of a place, so I've never experienced having to pay a power bill before. However, my boyfriend and I just moved into a new place and received our first power bill for $81.01 for 13 days of service. We're trying to cut that down, and have done so by turning the A/C off (it was set to 78 for probably 10/13 days, and was lower/cooler for the other 3).

Does anyone else have any other suggestions for how to keep our place with a minimum electricity bill? We live in a 2 bed, 2 bath mobile home, and I honestly expected it to be a good bit cheaper than this.

ETA: Our hot water is controlled by a light switch. It was on 24/7 before, but we were wondering if it would be cheaper to turn it off and just turn it on when we need to shower?

Chicken and mung bean noodle soup

I discovered a few months ago that a kind of cellophane noodle called mung bean noodles are delicious and absurdly cheap. I've gotten three 7-cup pots full of soup out of an 88 cent bag of noodles.

I love mung bean noodles so much! I've had other celophane noodles, like rice noodles, and hated them. But mung bean noodles are YUMMY! And they look a little like either blown glass or clear jellyfish tentacles, which I consider a plus.

Anyway, the soup I came up with is simple. But like the last recipe I made, it might not be exact, since I didn't use a recipe; I have a knack for tossing things together and it turning out good.

Chicken and mung bean noodle soup
(For a 7-cup pan)

* 1 section of mung bean noodles (in the bag I got, the noodles are in three sections, each section made up of noodles folded several times. One section is more than enough.)
* One 50-ounce can of chicken broth (though water and bulk chicken bouillon works too.)
* 1 or 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or diced. (I used frozen chicken breasts)
* 1/2 cup bulk dried vegetable soup mix
* 1/2 of a 15 ounce can of corn

Soak mung bean noodles in cold water for 10 or 15 minutes, then drain. Bring the can of chicken broth to a boil, add mung bean noodles and vegetable soup mix. Reduce heat to medium, cook noodles until tender. Add corn and chicken, simmer for 5 minutes or until warm enough.


I actually added some black pepper and about half a cup of rice to the soup, too. If you have a large enough pot, you could add other veggies too. I even thought about adding tomatoes, but didn't have the room for them.

Free the Hostage Kitty!

A couple of weeks ago, Mikey was in an accident.  I took him to a local clinic where they were able to operate and save him.  However, he ended up having to go back in for emergency care on a Sunday, and his bill increased dramatically.  Now I can't afford to pay the bill in full, so the office manager at the clinic decided to keep him until I could.  She recently left me a message stating that if I don't pay the bill in full (which is close to $1000) and pick him up by May 25th, he will be considered abandoned.

If anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

More details can be found @

Thank you.  <3 
  • Current Mood
Manga tarot Rei Rei

A question and a tip!

I don't know if anyone can answer this, but I hope so! I ran up a LOT of credit card debt years ago. I was unable to work (and am now on disability). The cards have all disappeared from my credit report. (Well all except one). Will this make them completely 'go away' or am I still liable for them? Does anyone know?

As for the tip: If you use cotton balls to take off makeup at night, here is a tip. I used to do this using one every day. This costs money and wastes cotton balls. I took a couple of old soft washcloths and cut them into strips and then into squares or rectangles. These are perfect. I put the clean ones in one container on my dresser and when I use it, I transfer it to a bowl on the other side. When I have a lot, I just toss them into a lingerie bag and toss them in the wash. They work great, they're reusable, and good for the environment too! :)