Budget Buddy Fridays: Stay @ Home Mom Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone has had a fab-ulous week! Mine has super busy but productive! Because of that, I have some fun things to share about my apartment and my life here in Grenada next week!

Today my Budget Buddy is special because we’re actually doing a blog swap! So, after reading this post you can hop on over to the lovely Jessica’s The Spit Up Chronicles and read my post about living in the Caribbean!

I love Jessica’s blog because she keeps it real which is so hard to find! Not only has she given me realistic expectations of what motherhood is like, but her love for her family is clearly evident throughout her writing. I asked her to write about being a Stay At Home Mom today because it’s a topic I am really interested in. Consider me collecting data to help me make the decision for myself someday. Anyway I just know you’re going to love her!

So without further ado, Jessica:

Hey, Budget Blonde readers!

I’m Jessica and I blog about motherhood and all that goes along with being a Stay at Home Mom at The Spit Up Chronicles.

Cat’s blog was one of the first I ever followed, and I have always loved her Budget Buddy Fridays.

I decided to be a Stay at Home Mom when I was pregnant with my oldest. The only problem was wondering if we could afford it.

I decided to start my own in home daycare and began watching kids.

Starting my own daycare was the perfect way to earn an income, keep my kids at home, and finish my degree. I am an Elementary Education major and am lucky that my university really works with me so I can graduate and do credits on my time.

I ran my daycare for over a year. When the time came to finally move on from that, we were losing an income. And while my husband’s income can sustain us bills-wise, it meant that we were going to have to cut back on our entertainment expenses.

I decided to start clipping coupons. Not anything crazy like TLC’s Extreme Couponers, but enough that we could begin a reasonable stockpile.

I have been couponing now for two months and am slowly building my stockpile. It hasn’t been easy, and I rely HEAVILY on the Krazy Coupon Lady’s website since I’m still learning. But, being able to see my kids grow and learn every day is SO worth it. I hope to teach my kids how to coupon and one day they can do the same for their families.

I am so honored that Cat had me here today. She is so great! You can find out more about my family and me on my blog, check me out on Twitter, or through my Facebook page. I hope to see ya’ll around.

xoxo

Jessica
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Thanks so much, Jessica! These are all great ideas, and I’m so glad you’re able to stay home with your kiddos while still learning to be frugal!

Alright, bloggy buddies, don’t forget about our swap! If you want to learn more about my decision to move to the Caribbean, you can read more about it today on Jessica’s blog.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

This is {Wherever} Wednesday #7

The beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada – That’s where I live now.
It’s hard to believe that for 7 weeks, this has been my home. 
It’s so easy to get caught up in the beauty and the scenery here in Grenada and forget that we are so far away from our families! 
Many of my dear friends here in Grenada are away from their families for the first time as are many of hubby’s friends. It’s tough and it’s hard on them and I hate to see any of them upset. I miss my family like always, but it’s been to my benefit that I’ve spent so much time being independent. Boarding school, going to an out of state college, enduring rougher times than this, and living in another state for 4 years have prepared me well for this little adventure.
Still, I love that we can all benefit from finding the good here in Grenada to help offset the crazy things that happen when you live in a developing nation.
So, welcome to “This is {Wherever} Wednesday,” a linky party named after the phrase “This is Grenada” or “T.I.G.” for short. It’s what you say when things are a bit weird around here, and I know you have a little bit of crazy where you live too! So come one, come all, and let’s par-tay! Link up your posts at the bottom of this page. I’d love to see them!
Here are some of my favorite submissions from last week:
Southern Blogger is known for his mad cartooning skills. After reading about how I found a worm in my grits, he sent me this hilarious cartoon:
Drawing by Southern Blogger
Gale wrote about fishing huge black grasshoppers out of the pool in Texas. Oh, and it’s so dry in Texas, her yard caught on fire. Yikes! This.Is.Texas.!
Holly wrote about the joys of “Caribbean time” and also recently posted these incredible pictures of the sea. T.I.G.
Photo by Holly
Now for ours:
My sandal broke when I was out dancing, and a very nice Grenadian man took a beer bottle cap and somehow fixed my sandal with it. T.I.G.
I had the most incredible, fresh strawberry and mango smoothie last Sunday. T.I.G.
Julep the puppy’s walks have now turned into lizard hunting expeditions. She cannot walk straight. All she wants to do is dive into the bushes hoping, dreaming, and praying that one day she can catch the gigantic lizards that roam the island. T.I.G.
Poor hubs got locked out of our apartment. Yet, the best thing about Grenada is that we have about 10 friends within walking distance of us. All he did was walk down the street, knock on his friend’s door, and had a place to hang out for a while until I got home! T.I.G.

The hubs participated in a local health fair for several hours last weekend where they provided different screenings, took blood, etc. for locals here than cannot afford health care. One sweet Grenadian lady sat down in front of my hubs and proclaimed, “Oooh, aren’t you pretty!” T.I.G.

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