How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?

It’s not like my husband is a brain surgeon, doctor, lawyer, or any other high wage earner. We were not granted an inheritance. We were not given any money, We are not debt-free. My husband has a state government job with good benefits, a union, and a healthy wage. We are lucky for this. Over … Continue reading How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?

Harnessing the power of leftovers

In a previous post, I talked about using a standing menu. In thinking about this approach to feeding my family and staying within a low grocery budget, I realized that eating left overs and designating left-over days on our menu forces us to forage in the refrigerator and cupboard for foods to add to the … Continue reading Harnessing the power of leftovers

Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals

I have been on a self-improvement quest and trying to simplify our family life for the last few years. I first started out with a weekly menu and then a monthly menu. I initiated this when my step-daughter was still an only -child. She liked being able to look at the menu and know what … Continue reading Why I use a standing menu for weekly meals

The growing trend of stay-at-home moms

In my region of New York State (120 miles north of NYC), we have seen a fairly steady job market and it's not uncommon to have one working spouse and a stay-at-home mom or dad. I belong to a hiking group and honestly, I am one of the very few moms who works out side … Continue reading The growing trend of stay-at-home moms