What would an extra $1,000 do to your year? It’s a significant amount of money. You could use it to cover the cost of gifts at Christmas. You could take a decent vacation. Or you could pay cash for that big ticket item you’ve been wanting. (Imagine how much money you’ll save in interest and fees!)
Money saving charts are a popular way to save up. But one problem with those charts is that they aren’t forgiving. It tells you what amount you need to save each week. But what if the week they ask you to save a big amount of cash falls on a week when the car breaks down? Or maybe when you’ve got 2 birthdays to cover?
What’s the magic number of kids a family needs to meet the large family definition? When people make comments about you having your hands full? (Or remarks too rude to put into print?)
Is it when your grocery bill doubles, or when you have to buy a bigger car? Maybe when networks contact you with a pitch for a reality tv show?
There’s no definitive answer to what number of children makes a family reach “large family status”. But that doesn’t stop people from making an educated guess.
Let’s look at some stats, some facts, and some real world experiences of large families.
I’ve got a premature spring cleaning itch. The weather has been nice enough to throw open the windows (odd for February in Ohio). But I think I’m just trying to clean away all the germs that keep making their way into our home!
Being Type A, I tend to prefer to use a checklist when I clean. Otherwise, I spin my wheels cleaning a bit of this and a bit of that. I’d rather know where I’ve been and where I’m going.
How about you?
Paychecks. Tax refunds. Interest. Checks.
These are all things that are made possible (or easier) by a having bank account.
Keeping track of your bank account is easier than it’s ever been. In the world of technology, you can check your bank account from anywhere with a few swipes on your phone.
Let’s talk about the benefits of saving money in a bank. Because if you don’t have a bank account, you’re missing out.
Tired of running late to everything because Johnny can’t find his backpack? Boy do I get it! You need ideas for getting the kids rooms in order. Not more cutesy ideas from Pinterest. But actual tried and true methods for sorting the stuff.
Take it from a mom of five. I’ve tried so many methods for organizing the clothes, toys, books, games, and school work. Some ideas seem fine in theory, but don’t work out so great in practice.
And trust me. If it can’t be done on the cheap, it won’t be done at all. So I found you 25 different ways to get things organized that won’t break the bank. Now all you need to do is pop over to A Budget Friendly Life to read all about it.
Bang, bang, bang. “Hurry up!! I’ve got to go!”
That’s the sound of life all day long when you’ve got a family of 7 living in a house with one bathroom. No matter how many times I remind the kids to not wait until the last possible minute to use the bathroom, it falls on deaf ears. There’s a line for that bathroom so often it’s like being at a rock concert.
I always loved the song “Love Grows Best in Little Houses” by Doug Stone. But when you’re living it day in and day out, life starts to seem a little less romantic than that song suggests.
My poor daughter. She missed her Christmas party at school due to germs. And on Valentine’s Day, the germs paid her another visit. She desperately wanted to go to school, but I obviously couldn’t spread those germs through her classmates.
Instead, we popped some popcorn, I made some hot chocolate, and we watched Tangled. Not a substitute for fun with her friends, but at least it turned her frown upside down.
Sometimes you’ve just got to make the most of your situation. I hope I can teach her to look for the good!
“The greater our knowledge increases, the more our ignorance unfolds.” ~JFK
When I first decided to become a blogger, like most people I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. Blogging is one of those things that looks simple from the outside, but is actually more complicated than other businesses.
I was standing at the bathroom sink in a pee soaked shirt, brushing my teeth. I desperately wanted a shower. Instead, I was listening for the 3 year old who had, by my calculations, a 50/50 chance of throwing up before I could even start the water.
The germs had infested our home. Your garden variety stomach bug had hit some of us. A nasty sore throat/respiratory illness was going through the rest of us.
Moms take a vow, sometimes unbeknownst to us, that we will never be sick. Even when the germs hit us, we can’t fully take time off to get better. Especially when our family is feeling awful and relying on us to take even better care of them than usual.
When I walked in the door from a meeting I couldn’t miss, I couldn’t help but joke that our living room looked like a Civil War hospital scene. At one point this week, all 7 of us were sick at home. It’s not much fun to power through and make sure everyone is still cared for, but I still haven’t located the phone number for my substitute mom. So on we go.
We spent a lot of time watching Netflix and eating popsicles this week. Good thing those are frugal choices, anyway.