There was a time, lots of years ago, when I first left my job to stay home with my son, that money was pretty tight. We’d been used to two salaries and it was a bit of an adjustment to live on one. I was a lot younger back than. (That “baby” is off at college now!) I didn’t mind living on boxed mac ‘n cheese or hamburger helper. I didn’t mind that our entire household was made up of mis-matched garage sale finds or hand-me-downs. I was young and skinny and looked good in jeans and cheap t-shirts.
Fast forward fifteen years. I’m 43 now. I have four kids: Jack is 18 and off at college; George is 13 and has lots of expensive hobbies; Kat is 10 and already wanting to keep up with the latest styles; and then there is 6 year old Lily, growing like a weed and needing new clothes every time I turn around. I’m tired of living in a mis-matched home. I’m not 28 anymore. Throwing on a t-shirt doesn’t get me out the door. I’ve learned how to cook and boxed, preservative-laden foods aren’t going to cut it anymore.
I shouldn’t have to give up the healthy lifestyle I want just to save money. Help me explore ways that I can keep my family — and myself — happy and healthy while staying on a budget!