I want to continue finding new ways to save money. I want to help others learn to save money. And just this morning I realized my top goal for 2017 – I want to be a stay at home mom.
It’s Christmas Eve morning, and J has been up all night with the stomach bug. Normally this would be a nightmare, but I found myself feeling grateful that it didn’t happen yesterday morning. You see, it was the last day of school before holiday break. Tony or I would have been forced to drive to school at 3:00 in the morning to pull things together for a substitute. Our students would have been crazy, and the substitute would have had to run a holiday party.
Believe it or not, there’s an even worse scenario than that. Imagine teaching a class of 21 third graders when the phone rings. It’s the school nurse at J’s school calling to say he’s sick and needs to be picked up right away. This means either Tony or I need to find someone to cover our class. Then, there’s a 20-minute drive to get him. As you can see, it’s so much easier having J sick on Christmas Eve (despite the fact that 15 people are supposed to come here for dinner tomorrow night).
A Working Mom’s Guilt
I always thought working outside the home would get easier as the kids got older. No more diapers and formula to drag to the babysitter’s house. No more middle of the night feedings (it’s really hard to teach 3rd graders on 3 hours of sleep). No more car seats to lug around (my back is thankful for this one). Things had to get easier, right?
Wrong! Turns out things only got harder. Since J is in 1st grade, we have to get two kiddos two different places. J goes to the neighbor’s house until the school bus arrives, since Tony and I start earlier than he does. I drive Miss M to the babysitter’s house, which is 5 minutes past my school. Getting everyone where they need to go by 7:45 is a struggle on a good day. It’s virtually impossible when there’s a grumpy kid in the house. Each morning, I feel so guilty for dragging them out of bed and rushing them out the door.
There’s even more guilt when I get home at the end of the day. I absolutely love teaching, but it is an exhausting profession. After spending 8 hours with 21 third graders, my patience is nonexistent. I end up yelling at my own kiddos for little things that wouldn’t normally bother me. It’s even worse now that J is in school. After a long day of doing math and reading with 3rd graders, the last thing I want to do is math and reading homework. Being a stay at home mom seems like a better idea each day.
Making a Change
I got a glimpse of what it would be like as a stay at home mom. Three years ago, I took a year off from teaching when I had Miss M. At that time, I was spending over $200 a week at the grocery store. Without a paycheck, I quickly realized that this was a problem. I was blowing through my savings much faster than I had anticipated. I needed to find a way to save money, or I was going to be broke before Christmas.
After watching an episode of Extreme Couponers, I started looking for ways to save at the grocery store. Between using the weekly ads and coupons, I was able to save over $2,000 that first year. I’ve continued using these strategies, and I’ve found other ways to save since then. This year I saved over $4,000 on groceries alone.
Do You Want to be a Stay at Home Mom?
Are you feeling the working mom guilt, too? Do you feel like you’re losing precious time with your kids while they’re little? If so, take this journey with me. We need to find ways to save money each day and make money from home. Since teaching is still my passion, I would love to help you get started by teaching you the money-saving tricks I use for shopping at the grocery store. I’ve designed an online course to do just that.
Supermarket Savings contains 7 lessons filled with step-by-step tips for saving big bucks at the grocery store. Pre-sale starts on January 1st. All of the lessons will be available on January 29th. You can complete it at your own pace. Do all of the lessons in one week to save on your next trip to the grocery store or spread them out and master one tip at a time. Either way, this course will pay for itself within the first month. During pre-sale, it will be available for just $99. Then, the price will jump to $199.
After the course is paid for, all of your savings can go into your stay at home mom fund. At least, that’s what I’m doing. I’m trying to save a full year’s salary before taking the jump. If you want to start learning some tips for saving, check out my post on making a grocery list. Then, sign up below to receive a free download of the first three chapters of my e-book. You’ll also get updates on the course and other ways to save delivered to your inbox.
Stay at Home Mom Dreams
As I sit here with my sick kiddo, all I can think about is the possibility of being home with him and Miss M next year. Then, maybe J being sick on Christmas Eve will be the worst-case scenario. For now, I’ll continue being grateful it didn’t happen on a school day, and I’ll hope he’s better in time for our family to come tomorrow.