How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?

It’s not like my husband is a brain surgeon, doctor, lawyer, or any other high wage earner. We were not granted an inheritance. We were not given any money, We are not debt-free. My husband has a state government job with good benefits, a union, and a healthy wage. We are lucky for this. Over … Continue reading How can I afford to be a stay-at-home parent?

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His. Mine. Or ours? Sharing money part II

I never intended to make a second post about this, but I got some strong feedback and thought this topic needs to be hashed through a bit more. I also realize, that the topic of money is different for women than men for several different reasons, most of all because we often lack access to, … Continue reading His. Mine. Or ours? Sharing money part II

Should women have their own money?

I was born in the late 1970's, the "summer of sam", the great NYC blackout, and the second wave of the women's liberation movement. The divorce rate was climbing and women were leaving the stay-at-home role to earn her own money.  I am born from a generation that once needed her father or husband's approval … Continue reading Should women have their own money?

A budget that works! How to allocate every single dollar.

I have always used a very unsophisticated budget. It was based on the 1st and 15th of every month and the due date of the bills. Bills were paid from either the paycheck from the first of the month or from the second check. For years I would have maybe $50 or maybe $200 left … Continue reading A budget that works! How to allocate every single dollar.