How will the economy affect WOH/SAH?

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How will the economy affect WOH/SAH?
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Wed, 02-11-2009 - 1:09pm
How do you think the economy will affect decisions by women to stay at home versus work? With so many people losing jobs, do you think more women will be forced back into a job to help out (or take over) family finances? Is SAH parenting

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 10:51am
I think the idea is, not that I agree with it, that you can SAH by living über-frugally, so therefore it is not a luxury.
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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 03-10-2009 - 11:45am
That describes our situation. I have chosen to work outside the home, and for the last decade or so, my income hasn't really been essential to our standard of living. We are now in the position of having to resume some more aggressive saving and investing, so now I don't call myself a "choose to" WOHM anymore. If we are to finish these kids' schooling and have a decent retirement, I am a HAVE TO WOHM for the first time.
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Registered: 02-06-2009
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 7:41am

<I think the idea is, not that I agree with it, that you can SAH by living über-frugally, so therefore it is not a luxury. >


I can see how for some families that's no doubt true. For others, it might not be a financial sacrifice at all for one parent to give up work if the other makes really good money. But for many people (including me), SAH is not financially possible therefore being able to do it would be a luxury.





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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 10:00am

In what way is not requiring two incomes to survive not a luxury?


 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 10:03am

do you know any families there with a SAHP?

 

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Registered: 01-20-2009
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 10:09am

"when i htink of luxury,i think of something bought."


Not true. You think having a nanny is a luxury, and a nanny is not "bought."


Regardless, you don't get to pick definitions for words.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 10:28am

Something bought? Really?

When I think of "luxury" I think of indulgences. Like when the kids are out for the day and I have the "luxury" of lounging around in my pjs or taking a long batch and not having to be anywhere at any particular time. Or when I have the luxury of being able to stay in my pjs on Saturday morning and put my feet up and read novels because all the chores are done. Or when my neighbor pops over with a bowl of fresh strawberries from her garden and I happen to have heavy cream in the house and we ends up with the unexpected dessert treat of strawberries and cream on a week night. "Money" often has little to do with it.

The thing is, *most* families in the United States who are making it on one income are not families where the major breadwinner makes 10 bucks an hour or something like that. It is quite difficult to make it on one of *that* kind of income. If your husband makes enough to allow you to stay home, and you only work when you want to and then don't even admit you have a job when you do, yeah, you are living a life that about half of American women would call luxurious. I wonder why you are so reluctant to realize how blessed you really are?

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 11:12am

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PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 01-20-2009
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 11:17am
If the SAHP couldn't increase the family's net income, add health insurance coverage or provide any other benefit to the family if he or she RTW?
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Wed, 03-11-2009 - 11:28am

Okay....but what about retirement?

PumpkinAngel

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