My GIBill stipend (and book allowance) came the second week of February. Until then, I was existing off just under $1700/mo. October, November, and December it was a little more because of all the hours that I was putting in at my part-time but I was also spending 50% of *that* check on gas.
I know I've alluded to how difficult life on retirement pay is (and I sure as hell can't imagine how more than one person can live off that amount--my hat is off to you!) but let me give you the breakdown (yep, totally sharing my business but it's my business to share):
Pay (once a month): $1637
Electric: $84 (budget billing)
Natural Gas: $70 (also budget billing)
Water/trash: $40 (they bill quarterly but I pay monthly to make it easier)
Auto Ins: $56.15
Life Ins: $15
Flooring: $26 (installed in October)
Out of the remainder (about $400), I had to pay for gas, groceries, two credit card bills (spent more than $9k on Jeep repair bills last year), and miscellaneous.
So, you can see why getting through each month was often nail-biting.
I received my January housing stipend mid-February because I was "new to the system" and they needed to actually input me into it and February's came on time, a few days ago. Just having that little bit extra is awesome.
As for my love life, it's doing pretty well. I still talk to my fella daily via text. It's been more than a month since my visit but I'm feeling less anxious than I was the first month that he was gone. I think we're just kind of used to this new normal now. I've also reached a point where I'm not overwhelmed with emotions. I *choose* to love him.
I'm also looking forward to seeing how well me and another fella mesh. We had great rapport years ago--when we would bug the shit out of each other--and I'm hoping it's better than then. He's a sexy, smart, funny man that I wouldn't mind being involved with, albeit long distance (as well :( ).
There are a couple others whom I've befriended. Just trying to see how things work out. I don't just hop in the sack with just anyone these days. (My 20s were a whole different story but that was 20 years ago.)