Reader Nancy left the following comment below and I wanted to see if you might be able to help answer the question she asked?
“I just had my second baby, so I have a 20 month old and a 4 month old… my husband and I are discussing me taking a year off so I can stay home with them becuase I feel like am missing a big part of them grown up when am at work….Sooooooo I’m trying to get back on my couponing game so that can help me save money… Is anyone else out there a professional with a career but is a stay at home Mom by choice? How is that going financially? Both my husband and I are teachers…”
I have been and done both personally, but in a different order. Fortunately for me, when I have worked my kids were able to come with me to work, or I was working at home. The only time I was away from one of my “babies” was my last one from 8am-2:30pm and I was lucky enough to have my Mom watch her. It was “only” for 9 months, but it really sucked!
When I first got married neither my husband or I had any intention of me working outside the home. Situations change, and things happen that you could never have planned for. We can live more frugally than most people can possibly imagine, and sometimes that is just not good enough. I had to go back to work not so that we could afford a cell phone or cable, or even 2 cars. I had to go to work so we could buy food, and pay for electricity.
Some people choose to have a career, and have kids and there is nothing wrong with that in any way. Occasionally, Dads stay home and raise kids also. Every family is different and what works for them might not work for me, buy I think we all do what we have to.
I feel like Nancy just needs some encouragement to do what she and her husband feel like the right thing is for them. I know that if she decides to stay home, she can do it!! She has little kids and it will be hard, but if she stays organized and motivated, she can save a tremendous amount of money this year!
What do you think??