I don't know how anyone makes the decision to stay home. I know some who found it easy and others who struggled. I know I was not made to work fulltime and be a mom. I'm lucky, I don't have to. But I do work part time and while I'm not raking in the dough, it's nice to have some extra money.
Here's the thing.
While I'm at work, Cannon is at 'school'. A 'school' we value tremendously and a school where I want him to stay. So he will stay there even while I'm on leave. It's not cheap. Quality things never are. It's worth every dollar. But it's a lot of dollars. But I maintain that the experience has no dollar amount.
So, today, we talked numbers. Numbers of having two kids there part time. I plan on taking every single second of 12 weeks of leave. Once that's over, I plan on going back to my part time schedule (as long as they'll have me). However, doing some quick math (not my strong suit) I realized that 81% of what I am making goes right to 'school'. That's a lot.
Another baby is a budget adjustment. I suck at budgets. Totally suck. I can't make them, stick to them, or come in under one. There is always something. For instance, I can easily justify buying a swingset right now, while they're on sale, to put up in the spring. It's not in the budget but if I was a betting person, I'd bet we'll buy one soon.
So, ladies, spill it. What's your budget? How do you stick to it? How do you resist the urges? I mean I think I'm frugal. Not superwoman frugal but frugal. For instance, my latest victory... I've been resisting the urge to buy a Shark, a $60 Shark for my hardwood floors to make sure it's something I really want. I still want it, three months later. So, I suppose I should budget for it, right? Ugh.
The Best part? Trying to plan... oh and swingsets.