I want to be a SAHM

Penelope - posted on 02/28/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a one year old, and I have worked for the last 8 years, since I was 17. I am finding myself wanting to spend more time with her, and work doesn't really allow for that. I only had three weeks of maternity leave because I wasn't with the company long enough to qualify for the full amount. I feel that I lost a lot of bonding time, and I really want to spend as much time as possible with her before she goes to school.

The problem is money. My husband doesn't make a lot and neither do I. I just started a new job, with more hours, but it still won't cover much. A friend of mine is trying to get me in to Mary Kay because that is something I can do from home, and I am trying to weigh my options.

Any suggestions?

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I don't know about Mary Kay or those types of businesses. This is one of the things I do that has worked out really well for us. I bought an office building. Yes, it is a pretty big up-front investment, but it paid off immediately. I am able to rent out the offices in it through a property management company and earn about $900/month more than the loan payment, insurance, and property taxes on my building. Now, I know $900/month is not very much, but I literally work about 20 hours a year. I've had the building about 6 years now, and it has been a very steady source of income. My advice is that you work with a VERY GOOD commercial real estate agent if you are not familiar with the commercial trends in your area. They can help you pick a property that will not loose value as the economic trends in your community shift.

Aside from that, budgeting is a HUGE part of my ability to stay home. Cutting little expenses each month adds up really quick.

We have not had cable / satellite TV in many years--there is no need, we don't spend very much time watching it, and can you really not think of like 4 million things you'd rather be doing than watching TV?? That saves us over $100/month.

I make my own laundry detergent. It costs about $12 for an entire year's worth (1cup washing soda, 1cup Borax, 1 bar Ivory soap. Use 2tbsp per load. Works in high efficiency washers) I make a bunch at once and store it in a big box--saves $150+ per year.

Don't buy prepackaged snacks/lunches/etc. and avoid picking up sodas/coffee/etc. on the go. If you have a Starbucks coffee every morning, that's $4/day--almost $100/month, on COFFEE! Even a gas station soda per day adds up to over $50/month! Instead, buy one good water bottle and fill it at home--healthier, better for the environment, and cheaper.

I also have a rule in my house that I do not buy something unless I have a specific place to put it, and a specific need for it--even if it is a really great clearance deal. (it helps that I have a little tiny house with very little space to put things).

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Lenka - posted on 04/03/2013

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Micah - posted on 04/03/2013

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I'm a SAHM and we are struggling to make it with only one small income. I just started selling Herbalife. If your at all interested in health and fitness or weight loss it could be a great start! especially if you live in or near a bigger town or city. Nutrition and health is huge right now, Let me know if you want more info!

Ashley - posted on 03/01/2013

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I personally have never sold Mary kay or anything like that, but my sister used to. She did the same thing you are wanting to do, quit working and stay at home. She ended up not doing well, because she didn't know that many people and you need a large group of people to buy from you. Within 4 months she had to go back to work. About a year ago I lost my job and every since then I have been keeping children in my home. This is the only was I can stay at home my daughter. I hope this helps you decide. Good Luck

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