With my head buried in my hands as I sat in the car in the parking lot , I was super shocked at the events that took place just moments before. I had just rushed my 6-month-old son at the time home to my mother, dropped my daughter and her bff off to dance class and was off to pick up a few items from Publix when on the way home an idiot flys out her subdivision while I had the right away and caused a pretty bad accident.
“What if I had the kids,” I thought?
“If I didn’t work, I probably wouldn’t even be in this predicament.”
It was just two days before my birthday and the accident pretty much totaled my husbands car.
Aside from pain in my wrist, the other driver and myself were ok, just startled. When I finally got home I immediately began to look around, my home was a mess! It had been a mess pretty much since I had my youngest months ago, but I guess the anxiety from the accident and the fact that I was all out TIRED made it really get to me.
It was pretty much then that I knew my family life needed an intervention lol. I decided to begin making the transition to be at home majority of the time. I’ve officially went to part time as needed at my job. So in a way I sort of control when I work that’s pretty sweet right?!
The thought of living in dismay and having all these emotions due to being unhappy with making my family life second priority had to stop.
Well who’s gonna pay those bills,bills, bills you ask!?
Now my husband is not rich by any means! We’ve tried the stay at home thing before and it was stressful financially. Especially when we were dealing with Jp’s heart issues and the bills that come along with it.
So coming up with a plan to make sure we could stay afloat was key.
Grocery and meal planning
My “necessities” (hair, nails… you know how I stay pretty)
My brand new truck
Yup, all these things went under evaluation. I had to convince my husband how important it was to make our home less stressful all while keeping our heads above water.
My job is awesome! I work with a great place! It was very helpful that they were leaineit and sometimes flexible with scheduling, but with my son starting Pre-K it was gonna costs me $200.00 a month to keep my son and daughter for a measely hour lapse from when they are dismissed from school to when I get off work (not to mention pre-k is tuition based for the year and I’d be paying for childcare for an infant). It’s cheaper for me to be home right now than it is to work.
So, I’m winging it at home. We’ve conquered the first week of school and I’ve got my project list ready. We’re all still trying to get in a routine but that comes with time.
What are some innovative ways you make living off one income work?