I had planned on posting this yesterday, but spent the day in hurricane preparation. The title of the post is timely since we plan to stay home for the next 2 days.
This post is part of a series based on Laine’s Home Economics: 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House on One Income. Previous posts in the series are listed at the end of this post. Laine is a Christian woman living with her family in California and living off one income. I first started following her via an email list about 7 or 8 years ago.
How many of us have a day when we can just stay home? How many of us plan a day during the week to just stay home?
Unfortunately, in our current culture, staying home is unusual, something most people don’t do. We keep running, filling our days with errands, work, and sports practices and games.
Benefits to staying home
Don’t spend money on gas.
Don’t spend money on stuff we think we need.
More time to hang out with the kids.
More time to chat on the phone with friends and family.
Time to clean the house and keep it clean.
Time to read books and keep ourselves entertained and inspired.
Time to spend with our spouses.
Making it Happen
- If you work full time, maybe your one day is Sunday.
- If you’re a mom with kids in sports, say no to sports on Sundays.
- I’ll tell you now going to church does not count as going out, unless you stretch it into a late breakfast or lunch at a restaurant.
- If you’re a mom that volunteers at school, set side at least one day each week for errands and a separate one for staying home.
Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:
Frugal Friday at Life as Mom and Thrifty Thursday at Coupon Teacher