Friday, June 6, 2014

How To Survive And Thrive On One Income {Part Five}



Now for the last post in this five part series. If you missed any of the first four posts, here are the links directly to their pages: Part OnePart TwoPart Three, and Part Four. And now the conclusion......

In Conclusion:

Surviving on one income, is about more than just learning to make do on less. As controversial as this may be to some, God made us , designed us, to be innately good at this position, and somewhere deep inside of most women, there is a pull to be a full time wife and momma. It's what we were designed to do. Does this mean that we cannot work out of the home as good as any man? No, no it doesn't. But I'd like to suggest to you that maybe, we need to pick ONE job. If you've chosen to be a mom, give it your whole self. But, you may say, men are dads and they have jobs outside the home. Yes they do. But, controversial again, God had a purpose for both man and woman, and I'd like you to really consider what those purposes were. In my opinion, I am at my best when I'm here in this home that God and my husband provided for me. I'm at my best taking care of my husband, this home and our children. 





Does this mean that a woman shouldn't have a "real" job. No, BIG no. There are so many jobs that a wife and mom can have and still be at home with our kids. There are so many jobs that we can do right out of our homes while still being full time homemakers. The list is as endless as your imagination, but here are just a few suggestions. With computers in our homes, it really broadens our choices. Technology just escapes me, so obviously this would not be a good fit for me, but there are plenty of book keeping jobs, number crunching and the like that you can do at home right in front of your computer. If you are artistically inclined, consider sharing your gift with others. You may enjoy helping out other moms and choose to keep their children in your home. If you've decided to homeschool, you can take on other students too. If you enjoy sewing, goodness, look on Etsy for thousands of ideas. Like cooking? Then consider selling baked goods {maybe to all those working friends you used to have that don't have the time to bake from scratch, wink, wink}. The list really is quite limitless. So no, I don't think that women should be barefoot and pregnant. But I do believe that we were given an honor by God to be especially suited for homemaking and all that comes with that role. 





These posts were meant to be a general guideline to how you may go about becoming a one income family. My opinions may be very different than your own, but realize that I came to these opinions over many years of doing things very differently than I do them now. I may or may not have learned these things the hard way! If you find yourself wanting to begin down the path of surviving and thriving on one income, I'm here to tell you that it can be done, and it's oh so worth ALL the work. Many blessings to you as you embark down this new, wonder-filled path!  As always, feel free to dialogue with me in the comment section.

It's Friday everyone! Have a beauty-filled weekend! And thank you for joining me everyday this week to explore this series on "How To Survive And Thrive On One Income".

9 comments:

  1. Lots of good ideas for me as I embark.on my new "normal"..... great job Amy!

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  2. Thank you so much Wanda. I have tremendous faith in you!

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  3. Amy,
    Once again, this can also be applied to retirement. I am a crafter and hope to do more of that and expand my little craft business once I retire. My hubby plans to also help me with this by helping me do more craft fairs or even opening a small booth at a Flea Market. I also would love to return to selling on Ebay like I did Several years ago.
    I have worked full time for over 31 years on Night shift. This enabled either myself or my hubby to be with our 2 sons because we had no baby sitters and did not want to use baby sitters. I never missed anything that they did in school or anything. I was a Den mother for Scouts, attended all games and other extra curricular events. I just did not sleep much !! I had some people who were shocked to find out that I worked because I was always "around during the day"!!
    My sons are now 30 and 32 and I am quite proud of them. May I add that they live 5 minutes up the road from me so the apple did not fall far from the tree so to speak!!

    I really want to put links to your posts in a post that I want to do about retirement and would love your permission to do so!! Let me know....

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Debbie, you have given me a whole new perspective. Wow, yes, perfect for now and the retirement years! Congratulations on those boys living close by. Our oldest is buying a house literally two minutes down the road from us and I too am jumping for joy. Thank you so very much for your comment!

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  4. Amy,
    May I suggest this party for you to link these posts up to?

    http://www.alifeinbalance.net/motivation-monday-linky-party-94/

    Barb also host Fabulously Frugal Party that i think your posts would be a great addition to!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. I'm going right over to check those out! Thank you again Debbie!

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  5. Amy,
    Wow! thanks so much for sharing this series! I am going to share them with my 2 DIL's. You have really done an awesome job of sharing what it takes to be a SAHM. (BTW....that is a "real" job!). I was a SAHM until my children started school and we felt at the time it was necessary for me to go back to work. Hindsight makes me wish we had not made that decision. But because of blogs and posts by you and Blissful and Domestic among many others, there is so much info and tips available now.

    Even though I work full time, I still do many of the thrifty things on these blogs and Pinterest. We try to help our grown children and MIL when needed, so it is essential that we practice and teach these things to our children as well. Thank you so much for being so open, honest, and sharing.

    PS...both of my DIL lost their mothers at very young ages, so I really strive to teach them things like I would my own children (both boys!). Your blogs help to do that!

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    1. Sandy thanks so much for stopping by and I'm very happy that you enjoyed this series!

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