When I had my first child, almost seven years ago now, I decided that I only wanted to work part time. Of course, in an ideal world I wouldn’t have to work at all, but life is never that easy. I went back to work for two days a week and even though it was hard to start out I soon grew to love it. I get five days at home looking after my children, and two days in work where I get to have a cup of coffee in peace.
Working part time does have its downfalls though. Finances have been a bit of a struggle, particularly since the recession hit and after a few years of struggling to maintain our lifestyle, I’ve realised that it’s time to take control. I’ve learned the hard way that budgets are there for a reason and I’ve had to change the way I do nearly everything to try to make sure that my children have a decent future. I’ve changed from a person who would buy what I wanted without a second thought to someone who meal plans and sells clothes for cash.
I have always been worried that living frugally would mean that I didn’t enjoy life so much, but strangely I quite enjoy it. I love trying to beat my weekly shopping budget, and finding the best and cheapest places to shop. I love selling things and seeing my savings account with money in it for a change. Sometimes I wish that I could go and blow it all on a new handbag and a pair of shoes, but I’ve put so much effort into doing all this that I couldn’t spoil it now.
There are probably lots more I could do but I’m trying to take it one step at a time. Whoever would have thought that I could do this? I think I might be finally growing up.
Do you do anything to help you budget?
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