So. I’m back to being a stay at home mom again with a bun in the oven.
So. That means we are down to one income and we need to get a bit creative.
I’ve taken in kids for the summer. It’s fun. M has companions to play with and I have lots of kid experience in my background. From babysitting, working in schools and daycares and then even owning my own Preschool/Daycare center. So it was just sort of the logical thing to do.
Except I took on quite a few more kids at times than I should have. (I’m no good at no) Luckily we have all survived, made crafts, done experiments and had fun overall. I’ve just been a wee bit tired on a few occasions…
Now that summer is nearing an end, I’m back to having to think of a new way to create more income. We’ve gotten rid of cable, and we now take our own trash to the dump. (On a side note… We don’t watch much TV, and I think my hubby feels manly taking stuff to the dump. With all the other grunting manly men.) So, neither change bother us.
But we are in a new house, a house that needs some tweaking here and there. And we have a little human on the way. Annnnd… I have a soon to be 10 year old. And they just get more expensive!
I’ve been researching ways to cut down on spending. I hopped on a blog where the lady was sooo excited about how she slashed her grocery bill. I clicked open the page.
She slashed it from, please help me understand this, $2000 a month to $800. For a five person family.
My mortgage isn’t even $2000 a month! We budget $250! And I still think we have a lot of food.
So out of that blog I ran!
So this is where I am. Where our family is.
Wanting so much to be a SAHM. Because honestly it’s where I thrive. But also wanting to share the burden of bringing in some income.
Because I like getting my hair done. And pedicures. And bacon.
I’m not great at a budget. I love creating them! I’m just not so great at sticking to them.
Starting this new chapter is exciting, but also a little overwhelming.
Especially when you have $5000 of medical debt staring you in the face.
I don’t know where you are in your lives. Working moms. Single moms. Stay at homes. Or maybe just looking to start spending less. Learning to be more content with what you already have.
So I’m going to take this challenge head on.
Pinching pennies where we can.
Making things instead of buying them.
Putting family vacations on hold. (Don’t even get me started on this one. Momma needs a vacation in The. Worst. Way.)
I’ll let you know how it goes.
In the meantime feel free to send any tips, and bacon, my way.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7