I was off work again yesterday while 90% of the world went to work. If you read my blog then you’ll recall that staying home when most everyone else is at work makes me yearn to be a kept woman. I’m still on that quest. Yesterday, I spent lot of time thinking on how best to get me there. I have a couple of areas that need some major straightening out. They both revolve around money. We do not want for anything right now, and I’d like for it to remain that way when Kahuna finally retires.
I am trying to get my act together to where I don’t H.A.V.E. to work. Not today, next month, or probably even next year, but at the most in 5 years, I want to be able to be voluntarily unemployed. I don’t know if I’m the type of person who could just quit and be 100% financially dependant on Kahuna, but I would like to find out, and if I find myself going cabin crazy, I’d like to be able to either just be a volunteer somewhere, or if I feel the need for pocket money of my own, temp, or at the most work part time a few days a week. So, while I’ve been working on that, I’m wanting to ramp it up a bit.
With that I stand here, hat in hand, sort of, and ask you for your help.
I want Kahuna and I to start “eating clean.” If you have any resources that you personally swear by, I would appreciate the referral.
I want to only spend $300 a month to do the above and am looking for some “shopping lists” that accomplish that. So far I’ve only found $200 a month for 1 person. Right now I’m spending close to $500 and I feel like I’m wasting a lot of money.
I’m hoping by putting this out there, someone may suggest something that I haven’t thought of. I’m planning on going to the bookstore this weekend for a sit and browse and any books suggestions will be hunted down.
I don’t have any suggestions but I wish you luck. I understand wanting to be a kept woman! 😉
I don’t have any real suggestions for you, but wanted to wish you luck with achieving your goal. I don’t want to be a kept woman, but in 5 years from now, I want to be in a situation where I can give up working so hard, and can find a lower paying job that has less hours, so that I can spend more time with DS.
However, if you know any eligible gentlemen that would like to make me a kept woman, I’m open to offers! 🙂
You could try selling on ebay!
How to Become a Millionaire .
You need to find something to sell that everyone needs/wants and then sell a million at a dollar each! If you discover what that ‘something’ is, please let me know so I can do the same. lol
I retired at the end of last year so I can understand why you want to be ‘at home’. You can get up when you want, you can eat what and when you want (at least during the day). You can do the household chores when you want (or not at all!). Most of all you can stitch as much as you want!
Good for you! I wish I could be a SAHM but Tom says I make too much. I’m hoping when we have kids I’ll be able to cut back to part time at least.
As for eating “clean”, I don’t know about specific plans, but I know some things I try (when I’m not overburdened…): buy meat in bulk at Costco and freeze it; they have chicken in individually sealed packs now. It’s SO much cheaper than buying it at the grocery store. For fruits and vegetables, go to a local stand (there are a handful of those around here) or go to Henry’s, Trader Joe’s, Jimbo’s, or Barron’s. I don’t know which of those are near the base, but when you move they should be close by, knowing the rough area where you’re looking to move. Produce is SO much cheaper at Henry’s (well so is meat, but not as cheap as at Costco) and the quality is a ton better. They also have a lot of basic ingredients at a fraction the cost of the chain stores, like nuts, grains, flours, milk, eggs, etc. They have a lot of dry goods in barrels that you can buy in bulk and the quality and price can’t be beat. You’ll find the same thing at Jimbo’s, but Henry’s is definitely cheaper.
Hope that helps! Once we get moved and settled I’m planning to start making my own bread too, along with cooking a lot more things from scratch. Maybe we can share recipes then!
Go Terri…I’m already part-time and it’s wonderful!!! =)
So one question with the groceries…do you plan meals ahead? That definitely saves money because you go to the store with a list and you eat out less. I think our grocery bill is around $300 a month, but that doesn’t include eating out, grabbing takeout, etc. Do you get “Everyday Food” magazine? (Or is it “Food Everyday”…?) That’s my favorite for *usuallly* healthy meals.