A few ?s for those SAHM's

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A few ?s for those SAHM's
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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 10:08am

I'm considering staying at home but have a few questions for those of you that do.


Approximately how much does your significant other make that enables you to stay home?

Can it be done with only


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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:14am
But if your husband's salary were significantly lower, your kids MIGHT be growing up deprived without a second income. There are plenty of kids in the USA in that position right now, because they are living with low-income single parents.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:16am
My experience is completely different. We lived in one area of the country that had a very high COL, and I was just barely making it. We moved to another area of the country, where the COL is significantly lower; I even took a small pay cut to move here, and guess what? Our standard of living is significantly higher. We are able to afford more things.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:19am
Sometimes I wish i wasn't so stubbornly New England -- I can't ever imagine living anywhere else -- and I've always had to say they'll have to dynamite me out of northern New england -- but i do read bout lower COLs with envy -- darn my regionalistic parochialism!
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:28am
Well....I had no experience with the midwest prior to living here other than driving through it or flying over it. My Dad was military but managed to get himself stationed on either coast, usually, with one very brief stay in El Paso, Texas. Hated that. In any case, when DH got the job in the midwest state back in 1986 (he wasn't DH then...) my response was, "Oh, which one is that? One of the big square ones in the middle, right?" My heart sunk when he changed the license plates from New Jersey (he was spending the 1986-87 academic year at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton) to the big square state. I pictured something like Iowa as depicted in Field of Dreams. I was pleasantly surprised. I've lived here full time since 1993, with a few sabbatical years for variety, and it's been a really good place to raise the kids. I've been surprisingly content here.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:30am

I think at heart I'm just too too too

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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:37am
The ocean thing is a sticking point for me too. Like how do you get out if there is no ocean? I guess it is a kind of claustrophobia. Dh thinks Geneve is really nice, and I am sure it is, but I have told him to give up the idea of retirement there.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:40am
When I moved to NH I ended up living further from the ocean than I ever have -- 45 minutes.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:42am
I miss the ocean, too. When my mother was alive I made regular trips out to California for my ocean fix. I guess I have gotten weaned from it, because it's been a year since I have been on the ocean and I haven't been longing for it. Just got back from a 1300 mile roadtrip and loved every minute of it....except the four hours in urgent care.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:44am
It is one of the things I really like about where we live, the ocean really is right there, even if I can't see it from my house. I also like ports, even if they are dirty and noisy, but everyone in my family grew up in port towns, big or small and many were connected to the sea, so I guess it is not a big surprise.
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Tue, 06-30-2009 - 10:48am

Lots and lots of rivers.

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