First of all, SSDI is most emphatically NOT the same as SSI, so please don't group them together. SSDI is Social Security Disability Insurance, and is paid to people or their children who have paid into Social Security for at least 10 years, and who have been adjudged disabled by the Social Security Administration. Which is not easy in and of itself.SSI is Supplemental Security Income, and anyone who is below a certain level of personal assets can get this, whether they ever worked a day in their lives or not. All they need is a Social Security number.Now we have that cleared up, I've been disabled since 2022. got disability in 2022 after two denials and an appeals hearing before an administrative law judge. My local SSA office lost my medical records twice, denied me twice for not getting the records to them, and the judge said it was ridiculous and I should have been approved straight out of the box in 2004.For the record, I worked from the time I was 20 until I was disabled at the age of 47. So 27 years working at increasingly lucrative jobs gets me $1500 a month.What do I do all day? I get up, take my meds, wait until I stop hurting, and then I decide whether I can work in the garden for an hour or two, OR vacuum, OR sweep, OR do laundry, OR ... you get the idea. I can do one thing each day. If I decide I can, I do that one thing. Then I have lunch, and I take a nap because I'm worn out.Then I get up, sit around for a couple of hours, have supper, and go into my home office and work for 4 hours -- no longer than that. I take inbound tech support calls in a work at home job, because $1500 a month doesn't go very far. After my shift is done, I unwind on the computer for an hour or two, then I go to bed.Incidentally, you can make up to $1070 from working while on SSD without impacting your SSD payments. I can't work that much, wish I could.ETA: in 2022 you can make up to $1130 per month without affecting your SSD payments, if you're blind you can earn up to $1820 per month.Now my ex-husband gets SSI -- $761 a month. He never held down a job for more than 4 months in his entire life. He gets up, gets on his computer, smokes cigarettes, takes a nap, gets up, gets on his computer, smokes cigarettes, lather rinse repeat. I keep his finances for him and make sure all his bills are paid -- otherwise nothing would be paid and he'd have been out on the street long since. I do it because he's alienated all his family and his friends, and I'm all that's left that will do a damn thing for him.He could do the same thing I do, working from home taking inbound calls, but since he never worked in the first place he sees no reason to work now. This is a mindset I simply can't grasp.ETA re Theresa Myers's comments:If your friend is only getting $700 a month she's getting SSI. My ex lives pretty well on his SSI, along with Medicaid and food stamps. He pissed me off 3 months ago and now he's handling all his own finances and doctor visits and whatnot. I had built up an $800 buffer for him, which he's managed to cut down to less than $300 in 2 months. Cigarettes are incredibly expensive and not something someone on SSI can really afford.So far he's kept up with his rent and utilities, mostly because he has automatic payments set up for utilities. I foresee the day soon, like in another couple of months, when he buys one carton of cigarettes too many and either his rent check, power, or cable payments bounce. That will not be a pretty day. And he'll have brought it entirely on himself.ETA: My ex passed away last week. In going through his records, he already had two overdrafts at the end of February 2022. both for purchases of cigarettes. He was going to only have enough money to pay his rent this month -- his power or his cable payment were going to be refused. The house of cards was going to fall.Learn to manage your finances, everyone.