Google+ Authentic Parenting: Why Staying At Home Saves You Money (rerun)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Why Staying At Home Saves You Money (rerun)

I have always believed, and still do, that being a stay at home parent actually saves your family some money. Let me explain why:

  • You don't have to pay for daycare, which can chip off a huge expense of your budget
  • You have the time to cook from scratch
  • You can spend some more time doing the shopping and compare prices
  • You don't need to buy truckloads of expensive toys, because you are the best toy your kid will ever have
  • You can decide to home- or unschool, which saves you a lot of worres picking a school and a lot of money paying for it and related items
  • You have the time to be as frugal as you like
  • If you have green fingers, you might cultivate your own fruit and veg
  • If you are crafty, you might be making your own clothes, or toys or...
  • Staying at home doesn't mean you can't generate some amount of income, all bits help, right
  • You don't have to buy loads of childrearing books, because you can just go online and do some research, or go to the library and lend a book
  • You have the time to share your sorrow and worries with others IRL or online, so you won't need a shrink
Have you discovered other areas where you are actually saving money by staying at home? Let me know!



  1. That is so true. I wanna be a stay at home mom one day. I really do too that it saves you money. Great post. Stopping by from SITS by the way!!! :)

  2. I don't have to pay for gas to get to work or a second car or second insurance. Add all that to the cost of daycare and I doubt I'd even be making anything after having to pay for all of that every day.

  3. Yes I wanted to add the price for commuting too, but left it out at the last moment. Plus the cell phone costs, because not all employers pay for your cell...

  4. I work and Dad stays at home. My piece of mind is worth it. Because I know he is at home to watch older sick children if they need to miss school I don't have to miss work. My job is the only income. Saving on medical bills is great. Because my little ones can stay at home they aren't exposed to as much and are sick less.

  5. I love it! I am a SAHM and I do odd's and ends around the house for income, but I doubt that our family would be able to make ends meet today if we had to pay for daycare, for two children, in the area we live!

    Stoppin' by from SITS!

  6. Susan, I distinctly said parent when I wrote this, because I was thinking of you. So strange you can be thinking about someone you haven't even met

  7. The shrink part is SO true. Plus, there are other moms who are going through EXACTLY the same thing so conversations with them makes for great therapy too.
    Visiting from SITS, stop by and visit me sometime.

  8. I stayed home for 4 years. I miss it greatly, but being a single parent, there is no choice but to work. But yes, I am sure I would spend less if I could stay home.

  9. If I had to work, I wouldn't cloth diaper. I wouldn't have time to do that, so I am saving money that way. I can meet other SAHMs with babies and we can trade babysitting, so that saves a little. I have time to make my baby's food (solids) and I felt comfortable exclusively breastfeeding. I'm not sure how well I would have done having to work. I'm hardheaded so I probably would have made it work, but it feels better not to have to juggle it.

    More than saving money, I am just happy that I have the opportunity to stay home with my baby and not miss out on some of her "firsts." I'm always afraid I'll miss something!


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