I went from earning roughly 2 grand a month, not on any govt assistance, easily afforded the 1600ish a month in bills I had. Moved across the country, one friend and her husband the only people I knew there and had it rough for a short while.
Instead of telling us what you went "from", why not tell us what you went "to"? How much were you earning while still paying $800/month for a car and insurance? And frankly, even when you were making $2k/month, $800/month on a car and insurance is way way way too much. That's about what you should be paying for housing at that income rate (housing ideally being about half or less of your income if you can manage it). It sounds like you were making some really poor spending choices even before this change. But when you moved, you continued to spend money on the least necessary expense and went without on the most important.
You didn't need food stamps. You needed to take a home economics class.
Edited, Jan 9th 2013 7:28pm by gbaji