Exposing The Lies

I want to get straight to the heart of the issue and expose some of the many and greatest lies of feminism. As you read through this list, honestly ask yourself which of these lies you may have believed in the past or present in some form or another.

Shall we begin?

1. I have my rights.

2. I can have it all.

3. I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings.

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Advice for the Newly Joyfully at Home

I used to have nightmares about mannequins when I was a little girl.

Seriously. They creeped me out. No matter where the dream started, I always ended up running from an army of mannequins, gasping for air as I finally made it to Daddy’s office, tentatively calling out his name, my eyes pinned to the back of his office chair. Continue reading “Advice for the Newly Joyfully at Home”

The new feminist housewives: How the latest generation of graduates are choosing full time motherhood over high-flying careers

‘They couldn’t believe it when I told them I have chosen to be a full-time mother,’ says the 27-year-old, who lives in South-West London with her husband Richard, 30, a teacher, and her children George, four, and Verity, two. ‘I could tell from their reaction that they couldn’t help assuming I must be bored stiff  –  but that is simply just not the case…. And … Continue reading The new feminist housewives: How the latest generation of graduates are choosing full time motherhood over high-flying careers

You CAN Stay Home: Earning Money From Home

So what to do if you have saved all the money you can save and it still seems difficult to stay home on your husband’s income?   In a Proverbs 31 fashion, you can add to the family income and be a huge blessing to your husband; it can also be a valuable teaching tool as your children learn first hand the nuts and bolts of finance, profit and work ethic.

The same principle applies here as to saving: a little adds up to a lot. So don’t neglect the day of small things!  And remember, if you have debt, paying that off as intensely as possible will greatly relieve the strain of the finances.  For your inspiration…

***I just read a sentence from Dave Ramsey’s book about building a $1000 emergency fund as fast as you can before you start tackling debt.  He says:***

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You CAN Stay Home: Part 3–Cutting the Grocery Budget

(Be sure to check the end for a special for LAF readers!)

The kitchen is one of the most flexible areas of finance to a stay at home mom. As we consider our many duties at home, we need to understand the importance of balancing resourcefulness with variety and nutrition–a task that calls for serious study and practice!

In this post I have two lists of money-saving tips and then two cost-efficient menus.

Please add any advice you may have in this area as it will benefit us to learn from each other!

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You CAN Stay Home: Living on One Income–Ways to Save

For women already working who would like to come home, it’s always recommended that they do a financial analysis of what they are currently spending.

Calculate:

  • gas money
  • daycare expense
  • lunch money
  • snacks
  • eating out money (which you always do more of because you have less time to prepare meals)
  • the amount spent on convenience foods (again, due to lack of time)
  • clothes you buy more of, etc.

Then add to that the money you are NOT saving by being unable to plan, prepare and bargain shop due to limited time. You may be really surprised at what working is costing you. Also consider that the income you earn is taxed; but anything you save is not. So, a penny saved is actually more than a penny earned.

Dave Ramsey suggests that you keep a detailed record of every penny spent in a month’s time. You will be shocked at how much of it “leaks” out. You can see where in your budget changes need to be made.

Then, go through your budget considering any expenses that could be reduced or eliminated. Cable, cell phones, insurance plans, groceries, utilities, etc.

I am going to be suggesting different ideas throughout these posts for saving money. Here are a few for today:

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You CAN Stay Home: Living on One Income Part 1

Aren’t we spiritually schizophrenic, just like the psalmist, David? One minute we’re shaking our fist at God, the next, we’re repenting and praising Him for his sovereignty.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”

He so often echoes the cry of my heart. If you will look at the chapter just before this well-known 23rd Psalm, David is pleading, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

As we step into this exciting series about living on one income, we will often need to hold close to our hearts, the truth that the Lord is indeed sufficient.

As I was sleeping/thinking (I do the two simultaneously!) last night, I felt like I should share with you, briefly “our story”…humbling as it is, I think it might prove encouraging. Continue reading “You CAN Stay Home: Living on One Income Part 1”

Living a S.I.L.K. Lifestyle in a D.I.N.K. Society

I had no idea until Monday afternoon that my newlywed children were living the lifestyle desired by many. It’s the D.I.N.K. lifestyle. I had no idea that this lifestyle had a name until a dear friend mentioned it. I’ve known numerous couples over the years that lived this lifestyle, but I’ve never been one to experience it. D.I.N.K. is an acronym for “Dual Income, No Kids.”

If I can be honest here, I’m not sure if I can talk about a subject that I’m not familiar with. There was a time when we were a dual income family with kids. Lots of kids, according to what was told to us. We may not have been a D.I.N.K. couple, but I know first-hand the trap of a dual-income family. Continue reading “Living a S.I.L.K. Lifestyle in a D.I.N.K. Society”