What would YOU have to do to SAH?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
What would YOU have to do to SAH?
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Fri, 02-13-2009 - 5:09pm

If you're a WOH/WAH mom, what sort of "downsizing" would you need to do in order to afford to be a SAHM? (SAHM defined here as not earning any money)

For me, I would have to put all our non-essential possessions in storage and move in with my parents.

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Registered: 01-20-2009
Sun, 02-15-2009 - 5:43pm
Quit. Then outsource the nanny.
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Registered: 03-21-2001
Sun, 02-15-2009 - 7:22pm

Mmmm...probably not much. As time goes on, my husband's salary has gone up. I could probably quit.

But we'd have to be more careful in order to continue saving at a decent rate. I like to save for retirement, my son's college, etc. Our mortgage, property tax, and insurance add up to 1/2 of my husband's gross salary. We probably wouldn't have to cancel cable, for example.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 8:39am
this begs the question..why change your personality?

 

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 10:55am
Not me personally, but a lot of people would rather chew off their leg than be a SAHM, so to become one (without going crazy) would require a shift in personality.
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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 11:31am

gotcha.

 

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Registered: 04-08-2003
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 11:40am
I'm sure I could run a crack PTA. But that wouldn't cut it for me in terms of satisfying my apparent "need" to work.
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Registered: 02-05-2009
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 11:45am

I hate to break it to you but I"m quite possibly the most laid back person on the planet -- I have no "tight grip" on my working lifestyle -- but I do enjoy it and thriive on it -- and I also know that staying at home wouldn't be the right fit for me and the kind of person I am

I have never ever had any desire to be a school volunteer of any sort -- althought I will probably help out with the 5th and 6th grade musical the next two years b/c that's what I do best--so while I"m sure there are tons of opportunities out there, they're just not for me.

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Registered: 01-04-2008
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 12:21pm
We would have to sell the house, sell Dh's car, move into an apartment and even then not sure we could do it and still ay his child support.

William

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Registered: 11-11-2004
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 3:25pm

I not only would we have to move in with

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Registered: 11-11-2004
Mon, 02-16-2009 - 3:35pm

"and I also know that staying at home wouldn't be the right fit for me and the kind of person I am "


Agree....it's definately not for every woman.

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