Many women, including myself, fanaticize about the life of a stay-at-home mom. The idea of living relatively stress free, life where planning all day with your little one is your top priority. The reality is that it can be very difficult emotionally and financially. It is however possible to live happily and contently on a single income.
Life after all isn’t about what you have, it’s about the quality of life you build.
How To Live Happily & Contently On A Single Income
Stop Competing With “The Jones” ~ We all have a Jones family in our lives, a family that at least on the surface appear to be doing better than we are. They can be our neighbor, a family member, or even our friend. Trying to compete with them will not only make you miserable but you may go broke in the process.
For Heith and I family has always been our top priority. I always wanted to be at home with our children, and being from a family where mom stayed home Heith was supportive of my dream. We knew that there would be sacrifices but knowing that our family is taken care of it is worth it to us.
Stay On Budget ~ When you have a family living on a single income it is very important to create a workable budget and stick to it. Living within your means and avoiding debt will help ensure your family has a comfortable lifestyle instead of suffering under the weight of debt.
Dine At Home ~ Cooking from scratch and eating at home is healthier than running through the drive though night after night. This one simple thing can save your family thousands of dollars each year.
The savings increase when you plan your weekly shopping trip around the sales flyer. Buying ingredients for your weekly menu that are on sale help to make your families budget stretch even farther.
By eating at home and cooking from scratch you are also providing your children an example of healthy habits. I have had KC in the kitchen with me since he was 18 months old, AJ was 24 months old the first time he helped me in the kitchen. While cooking with kids can easily take twice as long and creates a bigger mess in the end it is teaching them valuable lifelong lessons.
Hand-Me-Downs Have Value ~ Kids, especially the little ones, grow so fast that they can be in and out of a size before the cloths are worn out. If someone offers you hand-me-downs take a look before you say no thanks! Clothing can be very expensive and the more you can get for free the better off your budget will be. There will come a time when hand-me-downs aren’t so cool, but until then they work great!
If there are no hand-me-downs currently available I often turn to Goodwill, Mom 2 Mom sales, and even garage sales. You can often find good inexpensive clothing, especially for the littlest ones. One final thought; when your own kids outgrow their cloths and you no longer need them, pass them along to another mom who would appreciate your hand-me-downs!
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