In case you didn't follow the comments on my last post, the bank covered the rent check (we were short by less than twenty dollars)! So we're overdrawn, but we won't get evicted. That's the good news.
The bad news is that this:
...will cost us a twenty-eight dollar overdraft fee. Then the power bill will try to automatically draft from the account. I seriously doubt the bank will cover that, too, but they WILL charge me another twenty-eight dollar fee to reject the payment. So that's fifty-six bucks down the drain. Then the utility company will kick us off the budget plan, and we'll have a $400 power bill next month that'll eff us in the a for most of July.
I'm not done yet.
On May 31st, the last of the traffic court dates resulting from my expired tags (which were a result of poverty), the judge ruled that I, as a "repeat offender," would have to pay sixty-four dollars in court costs. Those are due within fifteen days or my license will be suspended and I'll have to pay a seventy-five dollar reinstatement fee in addition to the court costs to get it back.
Payday isn't until the fifteenth, which means I'll miss the deadline by ONE. FUCKING. DAY. And that's assuming I'm not pulled over during the ONE DAY that I'll be driving on a suspended license. If that happens, well, shit, I don't even want to think about it (I already pay more for my car insurance than someone with an identical driving record and a decent credit rating). I am a safe and cautious driver, and the tags and inspection on the MFA Minivan are currently up to date, so it SHOULD be fine. With my luck, though, a light will blow or something.
Poverty: it's more expensive than you might think.