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More of the same...

January 28th, 2007 at 06:10 am



My 2 favorite gals. Nothing much new, more of the same.

I woke up early and felt motivated today. I have been planning for a LONG time to formulate an article for the Dollar Stretcher on being a 1-income family. & right now I feel motivated and will give it a start. Hasn't been a new one in that category for a couple of months so we'll see. Maybe will motivate me to write more articles.

I have 2 things to focus on. One is planning from the getgo, which can only help people already with kids so much. But I still think it is important - to plan ahead best you can. GOod advice for people thinking ahead I guess. But even more importantly, to be flexible. Be open to doing things a little different than the norm, if it will work out better for you. Not a greater example than having the father stay home with the kids- how how weird is that? I know quite a few people who have considered the option, that it would work for them, but were just too scared to take the plunge to do things different, falling to the pressure of family and society. I also know plenty of people who make 1-income living work by constantly thinking outside the box. IT is a big key in figuring it out for many.

5 Responses to “More of the same...”

  1. paigu Says:

    Good, sound advice. The one piece that I find hard to do is setting definite financial goals. I want to save money, but I'm still not sure what to save FOR exactly. Future planning is even harder when it feel abstract.
    I'd love to read your article when it gets published!

  2. living_in_oz Says:

    OH! Hurry up and write that article! You're right, they haven't a new on one income families in a longgggg time. I've had a couple of them published, and I'm not the world's greatest writer, so I'm sure you won't have any problems with yoursSmile

  3. monkeymama Says:

    You know I wrote an article and it is way TOO long - LOL. I think what I really need to do is split it into 2 articles. One on tax advice and how to use taxes to your advantage going down on 1-income. THat is probably most important and not already covered. Of course I had to go on a big tangent on that.

    Planning ahead and thinking outside the box can be a different article I guess.

    I think they would be both be a lot shorter and readable then - LOL. I will probably get back to it next weekend - I will have the house to myself ofr a couple of days so phew - will have time to rework!

    Thanks for the kind words. Wink

  4. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading from those two authors.

    Laura mentioned something that I never realized before, and that it is to negotiate your salary. I've never done that before, but it's something that I will definitely be planning for from now on.

  5. monkeymama Says:

    That reminds me BA, I read an article awhile back, one aimed at business owners, to not write-off potential candidated based on salary history. & to be open to negotiations. A big point of the article is sometimes people will settle for less money for a better workplace environment, or better benefits, etc. Employers often ask for a salary history and write off anyone who was paid too high. Just an interesting thought, it goes both ways. I could see having a really high-stress 100k job and wanting to scale back and settle for much less, easy.

    But I found Laura's point interesting too. My first job offer out of college I turned down a really big firm because I was really uninterested - they kept offering me more and more. Too bad I was so uninterested. You think I would learn but my 2nd job hunt I got more than I expected and took it - no negotiations. I am trying to keep in mind for the future. I even had a boss negotiate a higher wage for me at my first bookeeping job while in college - I had never thought to ask. & if she wasn't looking out for me don't think the big boss would have offered.

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