Having a baby changes you, we all know that, but one of the biggest changes I had to make was to my spending! My grocery bill, in particular, was ever so slightly out of control.
I had to learn how to save money grocery shopping pretty fast in order to financially survive maternity leave and the easiest way I found was to save money on groceries.
When I tell people that I homeschool my two kids, I’m guaranteed to get at least one or two raised eyebrows.
When I tell people that I homeschool my kids and run a business online, I get raised eyebrows, plus LOTS of questions.
How do you find time to get everything done?
But you’re not really making any money, are you?
When my husband and I first decided that I would stay home after we had our son, the plan was for my new job to be childcare, homemaking, and nothing more.
My husband would take on the full financial burden as long as I could be the primary caregiver and maintain a pleasant home environment.
Then I started blogging for fun and I loved it!
So much so that I was frustrated when I didn’t have time to blog each day. I woke up in the morning wanting to write.
When you have the stress of debt, it can seem like you’ll never have it paid off.
With a combination of student loans, car payments, credit cards, and medical bills, it can feel like you have debt up to your eyeballs.
Many people daydream about living without the stress of debt. Your shoulders relax and you can breathe more deeply just imagining what life would be like without all those payments.
I know you’re not into raising a Warren Buffet kid at home.
But neither do you want your child to mature into an adult who’d ALWAYS worry about managing bills, taxes or even the house budget, let alone saving up for some property.
Or do you?
And that calls for teaching money matters to your pre-schooler or kindergartener.
Being a work-at-home mom is awesome – it really is.
But it doesn’t come easy. For as many perks as there are for working from home, there are equally as many drawbacks.
Yes, it may be fantastic between conference calls to be able to fold the laundry and make the beds, but it takes an awful amount of discipline, organization and motivation not to let something or another to fall to the wayside – whether it’s housework, business projects or self-care.
I have a confession to make.
Although I look forward to my kids’ birthdays every year, these special days used to feel a tad overwhelming.
When I started my blog, I struggled to find balance when working from home.
I didn’t even consider it a business venture for the first month!
As a brand new blogger, I was stressed that the house was a mess and all I wanted to do was write.
Kids seriously grow like weeds!
So paying a lot of money for your kid’s clothes each year isn’t necessary even if you don’t need to follow a strict budget.
I love dressing my kids up in the latest fashions BUT I never pay full price!
My mom’s a fashionista extraordinaire and taught me the tricks of the trade on saving thousands on clothes for my family.
Yes, you read that right.
Work from home and make a legitimate income as a stay-at-home mom.