Dh makes enough to support us. Plus we qualify for the services he requires now. If we couldn't I'd get a full time job, and my mom would keep the kids.
My husband is active duty military so the insurance (Tricare Prime & ECHO) cover 100% of Brady's medical needs including therapies), so we're very blessed in that sense! My husband makes enough money so that we don't depend on a second income to survive so to speak...we honestly waited a while to have a child for that reason...we wanted me to be able to stay at home and not need to work. We've been married for over 10 years and we had Brady at 6 years of marriage....I always worked before Brady was born, and we just made sure to plan for doing without that extra income once he was born. It works well for us as I love being home with him...plus if I did work now, we'd have to have full time nursing care for Brady...typical daycares wouldn't work...not to mention he's in 10+ hours of therapy each week plus special ed preschool. Lots of shuttling him around!
One of us has been at home since I was pregnant with our second, so...a little over 9 years we've been single income. It hasn't always been easy, that's for sure! Our state has an insurance program that covers any uninsured resident children, so the kids medical needs are taken care of that way. We made cuts - we don't have cable, we have one vehicle, we use pre-paid cell phones, etc.That's helped us a lot. It's been interesting at times, and there have been times when I've thought maybe I should go try to find work to supplement, but it's worked out. You really have to look at need vs want and decide if you're willing to sacrifice some things. It's not always easy. I made $18/hr when I quit to stay home, but I can honestly say I have never regretted the decision to be a SAHM.
I stayed home for a year and now I only work per diem (did not work for pay last month-and month before made not a lot) Now I always worked and had a career-so I was the bread winner--well due to my health but also I enjoy staying home--Yes we are still struggling (I have medical debt) but we make it--we pray!! and also rearranged and cut and got lower rates on all we could!! I have always been a coupon saver but now I am a coupon saver and try to find ways for free things--being home allows you to do that (at least some weeks)
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