How I Learned to Save $$$ (Part 1)

How I Learned to SaveWhen I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I thought about was our financial situation. I was unsure how I would feel about going back to work after I had the baby so I wanted our finances to be secure just in case (read: Financing to be a Stay-At-Home Mother). We also needed to establish an emergency fund which we never seemed to have money for in the past.
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Pumping Milk

Medela Breast PumpI don’t know exactly why, but I hate pumping milk. I know I need to, because I love it when my husband is able to take over a feeding for me when I’m asleep or busy. Also, It is so nice to have an occasional date night together and leave the baby with her Grandma for several hours.

But, I was so exhausted in the first few months that I did not pump on a regular basis. Now it is hard to remember and fit into my schedule, and I always seem to think about it right before the baby wants to nurse. I’m just glad that I decided to get a really good pump when I was pregnant. I had a manual and an electric pump, but I can hardly get anything manually.
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Cash for Mystery Shopping

Mystery ShoppingThis is a way to make money that most people have heard of and possibly tried. You can set your own schedules and work around your regular routine. I began doing mystery shops when I was in college, and it was a great way for me to earn extra cash and get free fast food in the process. There are so many good mystery shopping companies online, but there are many scam sites also. Rule number one of mystery shopping is- do not pay any company money to find mystery shops. They want your opinion so you should never have to pay them. Having said that, here is a list of my favorite organizations that I have used in the past.
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The Reality of Housework

When I thought about being a stay at home mom, I had a vision of keeping the house in perfect order, taking my baby out around town every day, and cooking meals and treats from scratch- I have since then woken up to the reality of motherhood! You know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun,” well it also flies when you’re not having fun. While I was pregnant I would dream of fun days in the park with my baby, and then leisurely cleaning and cooking during the day. I thought “how difficult could it be to keep the house clean and take care of one baby” (not taking into account the messes my husband makes).
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Winter Doldrums? Have a Laugh

The winter blues have hit me this week and, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, it affects at least every 6 in 100 people. It’s official name, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is that tired feeling and depressed mood that some people commonly experience in the winter time. The cause is believed to be a lack of sunlight, so try to get some extra sun if you can. It is most common in stay-at-home mothers so I found a funny cartoon to share with other mothers who may be feeling overwhelmed too.

winter blues
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