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The year was 2019, I was pregnant with my second and enjoying my office job. As we prepared and began to look at daycare costs and availability, we realized at my current pay, it was going to be extremely difficult for us to buy the groceries and still fill the gas tank for me to get to work (70 miles round trip). That left the option of how do we pay the bills if I stayed home?
I carried the insurance, so we had to insurance shop. We were able to find a ministry to join in sharing medical costs. If you want to hear more on that, message me and I can tell you more. Next we went through and totaled up of any extra subscriptions, Netflix, Amazon Prime, ect. If it wasn’t necessary for our home function, it was included on the list.
We got to know our finances very well. Where were we spending our money every month? Track all the expenses for a few months and see. Then evaluate where you can trim.
The biggest problem we needed to solve was food. Groceries were one of our biggest expenses. In the past, I had a hobby garden in the summer, why not try and grow most of our own food? So that year I focused on growing what I knew we ate and grew it well. I also sold excess at the farmers market in town. Those months of market, I was able to feed my family from the garden and buy what we needed from the market sales. The following year, and every year since, I expanded to include more of what my family ate and enough to preserve for winter consumption.
Your steps to providing for your family may look different. Your basic steps are:
- Evaluate your income and expenses. Where is your money coming from? Where is it going?
- What can you get rid of monthly expense wise? Subscriptions?
- Are there less expensive options for your fixed monthly expenses (Insurance, etc)? Shop around!
- Where can you offset flexible costs? Can you DIY some things? Grow your own food?
- Are there some part time side hustles you can do to bring in a little income?
Everyone is different. My answer came from the dirt and growing my own food.
As I've grown in my journey as an entrepreneur, mom, gardener, and livestock owner, I struggled to find a planner that met my needs and kept me organized. So I MADE MY OWN. You can take a look at it on the link blow and buy it on amazon below
Don't want the whole calendar part? I got you! I pulled the gardening and animal care pages out and put them in a book all their own.
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I've had 3 very different pregnancies. After the first traumatic birth, I learned better and how to care for my body naturally and prevent common pregnancy and birth problems before they arise. This quick course will get you the tools you need to have a naturally healthy pregnancy, labor, and delivery. My first pregnancy I had a normal western medicine all the things pregnancy. My second? I flipped to completely natural, no medicine. Bonus: Preventing Preeclampsia Without the Aspirin & Healing from Birth Trauma
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