Being a full-time mommy is indeed a full-time job. One of the most common misconceptions we are hearing on an almost everyday basis is an assertion that stay-at-home mommies are not providing for the family. Wrong!
And nobody’s trying to say that working men are not providing enough already. As someone who stays at home because I have to take care of our child and to maintain my pregnancy, I’m super thankful to my husband for serving in order to provide for the family.
Staying at home and not getting a paycheck doesn’t mean that I can’t contribute to the family in a financial way also. Having a little bit more time to research and pay attention to an everyday life in detail has helped me find ways to save money on little things. And when all those little things add up, they do contribute to the family budget in a great extent.
Getting straight to the point, you would be surprised how much planning for your holiday ahead of the time can save you money. Going on a family vacation needs to be planned carefully, taking into account preferences of each family member regarding the destination, means of travel and accommodation.
Also, going on a vacation when you’re pregnant complicates things a bit.
However, when you have just enough time to research through all the offers and have time to actually wait for the prices to go down so you can book your stay at the desired apartment, everything must end up great for your family and your family budget.
In case we are ever short on cash for the planned holiday - one time we had to take care of an emergency plumbing issue - I would go online for hours and search for the most reliable fast solution.
Apart from the so-called big things, what if I told you that you can also save money when buying groceries for example. Back in the days when I was working mornings to evenings, my trips to the supermarket were more of a counter blitzkrieg, stuffing all the things I deemed necessary at the moment into my basket and checking out on them. I had little to no sense at all what is it that I need for my kitchen and how much everything I bought even cost me.
You can’t really blame anyone for doing this! When you’re exhausted from work and you just want to get home (and in your bed) in as little time as possible, you don’t really care if you spend a dollar or two in excess to what needed to be spent really.
Furthermore, being a mother to a 3-year-old has taught me how to invest in reusable items and made me fond of thrift shops and garage sales. With an enormously short attention span of an ordinary child, my son quickly lost attention to every single toy we used to give a fortune for. At some point, buying new toys (or even clothes, since he was outgrowing those in months’ time) became almost pointless. Needless to say, buying brand new things every couple of months devastated family budget.
So, what’s the final verdict here?
Working hard on saving your family’s money is as important as making money for it. But who said that you can’t even start making money from home? With so many possibilities for making money without leaving your house at all, you can truly contribute to your family budget to a great extent, while at the same time being here for your children. That’s perhaps the route all of us should go.