I guess that's the question I've been asking myself when thinking about starting this blog.
I have a couple of other blogs:
- http://canwedoityepwecan.blogspot.com/ - which I started in 2010 as a challenge to myself really, putting on 'paper' my goals for my life over the next few years, ie starting a family, losing weight, paying off a mortgage, etc
- http://oursurpriseweddingjuly2011.blogspot.com/ - which I started in early 2011 to document the leadup to our suprise wedding, which we held in July 2011.
At this stage I think this blog will just document my attempts to make some extra income, and make savings, find bargains etc, so that I can be a Stay At Home Mum as long as possible, and so our family can still stay on track with our goals re paying off our mortgage etc.
I have worked full time since I was 19, I'm now 38, that's nearly 20 years straight (hell!), so since I started maternity leave in April 2012, (our daughter was born on 1 May 2012), I found myself in a whole new world, even more so Ms Mel has arrived!
Having always worked long hours, at one time I started one job at 4am till 7.30am, then another job from 8.30am till 6pm, my current job that I am on maternity leave from I was working 8am till 6pm 5 days a week, plus extra work from home, I wasn't sure how I would cope with 'not working'.
Well let's wipe 'not working' from the situation, as all you other SAHM's know, being a Mum (and SAHD's, being a Dad), is a full time job. I mean 'not working' outside the home.
Mr Mel (my husband) works from home, and while his income is enough to allow me to be a SAHM, being down my income means we have had to reduce our mortgage repayments (still paying over the minimum), and we have tightened the belt so to speak across the board.
So why I don't have to bring in extra income, I want to, plus you just never know what is around the corner, so it won't hurt to put my thinking cap on.
Plus while I'm currently on Paid Parental Leave (for another 6 weeks!) I thought it's a good time to see what I can get stuck into that could pay off, as I really really really don't want to go back to work full time away from home. I am going to ask my boss if I can just do work from home, but not sure how that will fly so always good to have options!
I have a few thoughts as to how I'll attempt to bring in some extra cash and save some money, so stick with me, it could get interesting!
And PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE feel free to make any suggestions/comments, my ears & eyes are well and truly open!