When people find out that I stay at home with my kids, I get the look. It is usually this puzzled look of wonder and confusion all in one. How can you afford to live on one income? Then they start to ask questions. Even after the questions, I don’t think they fully understand that it is doable to live on a single income.
I will admit that it is difficult at times. We don’t take fancy vacations, or go to the mall for random shopping trips. Those are luxuries that are not necessary, and we survive just fine without them. However, We don’t go without necessities. My kids all have new clothes, a roof over their heads, food to eat, and toys to play with.
It takes cooperation between my husband and I. We both have to agree on a budget. We both know where our money is going. We both agree on how much we have to spend on extras, and how much to save. There are times when some of those pennies get pinched a little more than others, but we manage.
Our society is hung up on who has the finer things; nicer house, the fancier car, & the most expensive jewelry. At the end of the day, those things don’t matter, but my love for my family does.
The bottom line is…how are you comfortable living? It was very important for my husband and I that I stay home with the kids. To be a stay at home mom is a very difficult job, even though there isn’t a paycheck. It is a personal choice for every family.
Can you live on one income? Of course you can. It just depends on how serious you are about it, and what you are willing to sacrifice to do so. That is why I shop sales, use coupons, and look for shortcuts. Every little bit that I save helps our family to be able to do more.