One of the things that has really shocked me about the state of the economy in general and my company in particular is that when people ask me if things are really as bad as they say on the news, and I say, “Well, yes,” they say, cheerfully, “Well, at least you have your husband’s salary to fall back on.”
It’s as if, in spite of everything, the concept of a breadwinning mom is still unfathomable.
So, like so many people out there, we’re cutting back. We’re reevaulating everything we buy, changing the way we eat, rethinking the things we used to do without a second thought.
We’re considering pulling our youngest kids out of preschool and daycare for part of the week — something I didn’t think I’d ever have to do — and go back to working different shifts and trading off with the kids in the middle.
I know it’s necessary, but I’ll admit: I kind of resent having to do this. Part of me thinks, “I worked so hard for so many years, and I’m at this point again?”
The rest of me, though, is dealing with it a bit better. We’re among the lucky ones, really. We can manage.
Are you cutting back at home? What expenses are on the chopping block? Is there anything you refuse to cut out?