Well, I never expected this to happen.
My dream was to be in a successful career. Dressing in pantsuits and leading board meetings was what I wanted. Many career paths have appealed to me: I wanted to be an entertainment lawyer at 16, a children’s television director at 20, and a college professor at 24.
Now here I am: 26 and a reluctant homemaker. As I figure out this whole “make ends meet on little more than 1 income,” you are welcome to join me for the journey. My husband and I are fairly ingenious, so there might be some things you can take away from this.
My goals of this site are as follows:
- Inform you of our struggles. Many, many people in the U.S. have recently been the recipient of a layoff, cutback, or downsizing. This is generally not their fault. Nevertheless, millions in the U.S. are now trying to make ends meet on one income. My husband and I are no exception. Here is how us millions are living.
- Show you ways to save money. As I figure it all out, I’ll share it with you–I promise. Living on one income in an economic system designed for two incomes is more than tricky. It feels like a minefield. Grocery shopping with the intention of spending a little as humanly possible while worrying that buying one more grocery item (even an on-sale generic item) will literally bounce your checkbook is terrifying. It’s not fun. But is it becoming more common for more people.
- Make you laugh. If the millions of downsized employees cannot laugh at something, then their lives would suck entirely. Laugh with me–and at me–as I learn how to do so many things that I didn’t think I would ever need to know how to do. It will be entertaining, I promise.
I do hope you’ll stick around.