It is February and time to get down to business. My family is already coming to me to do their taxes. Oh how I hate this time of year. I have to figure out ours too. And of course there is the FASFA to do for College Girl so she can continue with her education. Oh and let's not forget renewing of financial forms for our medication providers too. This gets me all bogged down. I hate being the one who has to do the budget, pay the bills and be responsible all the time. AARRRUUUUGGGGHHHHH!
The Real Cost of Living I am seeing that I still have some decisions to make. I can't control all of College Girl and I do believe she is right to be in school. I am unsure as to what her degree is going to do for her though. And she is piling up a great deal of debt that I pray she will be able to get out from under in years to come. But we have to make decisions as in do we prepay the mortgage or is the degree worthwhile and do we work from home or should we buy that latte? So many ways to look at what we are doing. I do agree with the fact that money is not going to bring us happiness. Instead it is what we do with our lives that will make us happy. Or as the poster in my room says, "The best things in life are not things."
So how have you made those decisions? Do you work from home? I know many bloggers are moms who have learned how to take the corporate world home with them. And now have business lives right in their living rooms. Did you know on February 21st there is going to be the 'bathrobe holiday'? Yeah! And you can join in. It is to celebrate those work at home mom's and dad's. “It’s a national day to support entrepreneurs everywhere who are taking their work and paychecks into their own hands,” says Kristie Rimmele, co-founder of WebMomz.com. Doing business in your Bathrobe Day is a great way to tell others about the benefits of working at home. You can pop over and check it out. They are going to have prizes and of course you can also win a new bathrobe. I know I could use one. But more so you can also read more in I Love My Life! which is a mom's guide to working from home. With all the time I put into reviews here and my own life of taking care of everyone else, I feel as if I have an at home business. And it may not be one that draws a regular paycheck but it does help me balance the bills some. How? Well I use coupons to help with the food budget. I am sure you do too. Well how much time do you spend getting those coupons? That is a business transaction to me. And of course we all find ways to work together. I may pick some watermelon from a friend who has too many. There is some for me and my family but the others I pass on and give to the local food bank. That is a way of 'purchasing' food yet not being out any cash. Yes the ol trade and barter system is still alive. But also how many of y'all have home based businesses? Did you build them quickly or over time? And how successful has it been? Share with others at webmomz.com. You know your a bathrobe boss but there are many just like you on the other side of this screen.
A Complete Guide for Single Dads: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Healthy, Happy Children on your Own
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