Quitting your job that you hate makes you feel great. Moreover, if you don’t have to work and can stay at home, spend some time as a stay at home wife makes you feel like in heaven. But one thing starts to go round your head; will you be able survive on one income?
After i quit my job, everyone told me not to find another one immediately. Even my father said, this is a once in a lifetime chance, stay for a while, get rest, discover the pleasure of being a housewife. ( yes most of the men think being an housewife is a pleasure…)
Anyway, I decided to give myself a job-free year and stay at home. Of course I was lucky because my husband is so considerate and gentle, he agreed with the idea. ( Ok, talking about the delicious home cooked dinners every night helped me a lot! )
First we asked each other the same question: “Will we be able to go of it on one salary?”
To be honest, we still don’t know the answer. It’s been two and a half months since I quit my job. Luckily we dont have children and we are not into the idea of a child. But we do want to buy a house, change our car and start saving money for the future. We know that we have to get used to living with less money and it won’t be easy. We have to sacrifice certain things in our lives. We know, we need to be more careful about our budget. There will be some cut outs with no doubt. Such as not driving to work or to visit friends. Instead, using bus transportation. For me, unconscious and online shopping must come to an end. I can’t think of a great time for me to get rid of this addiction and start saving some money. (I remember my 31 Things Before 31 just below!)
When you think, there are lots of simple things you can do as cut outs even at home. We started with not dining out. I am not saying we’ll never eat out but you can’t believe how much you can save when you have home cooked dinner as well as knowing what you eat and eating healthy. We are not giving up on our favorite restaurants but we hope to miss their dishes and make It special when we get there. Sure there are things you should do as part of global awareness like, for energy saving turning off the lights and benefit more from the sunshine. Turning off your computer, TV when you are not in front of them. Unplugging appliances do save energy! I started to unplug our hairdryer in bathroom, even our night lamps! Its true that you can reduce your bills if you run your washing machine or dishwasher at night. ( Unless you’re sure you don’t disturb your neighbours.) Now I have a laundry “night” and if It’s not urgent I dont use my washing machine except these days. Mr.T doesn’t know but I’m thinking about a shower time limit haha.
If you check out this graphics about households’ energy consumption, I’m being smart when I make my coffee in the morning, keeping It in my coffee thermos and not using my kettle more than once. All these may sound silly to you but in long terms, you can save a serious amount! Starting from this month, I will track our bills and see if we can do it or not.
We are also more careful about our grocery and supermarket shopping. It’s been almost 4 months that we stopped buying junk good. It was for our way of healthy life but I can’t believe how much we used to pay for all those shit every month! There are certain things that I can not choose a cheaper one instead such as my detergent or my softener. ( I’m a virgo…) But I can go for a cheaper kitchen sponge or a trash bag. I dont have to use the most expensive aluminium foil to wrap mr. T’s sandwiches for breakfast. I realised that, by eliminating unnecessary purchases, I can buy the boots I saw in Modcloth! Haha I’m kidding. or may beeee???
We know that there are sacrifices to make if we want to live this way, but if not to buy a pair of expensive shoes instead of running up credit card debts is a sacrrifice, we are happily making this sacrifice!
We’ll see what happens. I hope i dont need to get a job and be able to live my one year dream.