Save Money Working From Home

I am a big fan of saving money. I started living on my own before finishing high school so I learned a lot at an early age. Then when my husband and I got married, we alternated who worked and who went to school. For the entire time of our relationship, we’ve been a one income family. That meant I had to get very creative with money saving. When I finished college and was trying to decide if I could stay home or needed to return to work, I became great at writing out costs. Did you know…you actually SAVE money by working from home?!?!

Save Money Working From Home

Save Money Working From Home

Making money working from home is great, but something people don’t often realize is how much you save money by working at home too!!! Here are a few ways I am able to save money by working from home. Next time you go over your budget, think of these things and see if working from home might be a good option for you and your family!

 

5 Ways I Save Money Working From Homesave money working from home

  • No professional wardrobe or dry cleaning (average savings approx. $1200)
  • No spending money on gas to get to and from work each day (average savings, approx. $1500)
  • No having to pay for childcare (average savings with 3 kids, approx. $14,400)
  • Save money on food since I’m home to cook each meal (average savings approx. $875)
  • Tax Write Offs: If you have a home office, part of your mortgage, internet and utilities can be written off at tax time (average savings approx. $3,600)

 

Saving money is great, but having more TIME for my kids, family, and life is something that is truly priceless. Make a few cuts here and there if you can and see if working from home may be a better option for you and your family.

 

Need help finding a work from home job? Visit our Work From Home Directory!

Dana

10 Easy Dinners

You know that moment all Mom’s love. We get home, we are tired, we are cranky, and we are hungry. So we sit down on the couch and wait for dinner to be ready. And then we realize….we are the one’s who are supposed to be making dinner!! That ever happen to you?!? It happens to me all the time! My husband works crazy hours and is in school so dinner falls on me. And of course with 3 young kids, getting dinner, homework, baths, and snuggle time…it’s hard to accomplish all that!

10 Easy Dinners

We stick to a budget though so we don’t eat out often. I also follow a pretty strict diet due to my autoimmune disease so eating out for me is miserable haha. Instead, I’ve found tons of ways to make quick meals the whole family can enjoy (usually I make one or two small tweaks for my meals but it’s easy to do!). I’m also that mean Mom who makes ONE meal and if my kids don’t like it, we have a big bowl of fruit they can eat instead.

10 Easy Dinners

Here are some of the favorite recipes in my house….favorite by me because they are so easy to make and MOST of the family enjoys them!

 

10 Easy Dinners 

  1. Spaghetti! We use ground turkey in ours, along with whole wheat noodles. I also make my own sauce and add veggies to it like carrots, onions, and mushrooms. You can puree them and add to the sauce and your kids never know! I make a big batch of sauce in advance and keep it in the freezer for busy nights where we need a quick meal.
  2. Tacos! We make healthy tacos by using whole wheat tortillas, ground lean turkey, and fun veggies. My kids love adding tomatoes, black olives, lettuce, and sour cream on there tacos. You can also do them over some chips as an alternative.
  3. Breakfast for Dinner! This is a huge hit in my house. With trying to get kids to school early in the morning, we usually do a smoothie for breakfast. My kids love eggs and sausage though so we have it for dinner instead! I use egg whites, 2% cheese, and lean turkey sausage. We also do home made health pancakes, french toast or waffles and serve with a side of fruit. Easy and fun!
  4. BBQ Chicken! This meal is so easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients (I hate meals with 25 ingredients haha)
  5. Crock Pot Chicken! This one makes my house smell good all day long! Plus once I get home from picking up the kids, it’s ready to go!! We love having it with rice or baked potatoes.
  6. Bacon Ranch Chicken! My kids and my husband are big fans of ranch, so when I found a quick and easy ranch chicken…we had to give it a try! Now it’s a favorite!!
  7. Chili! I won’t lie, this is not a favorite of my kids unless we leave out the beans, then they will eat it haha. I love it because I can make a big batch and freeze it. I’m a huge fan of freezer items!
  8. Soup and Sandwich Night! My kids love a grilled cheese sandwich and I pair it up with some tomato soup for a great and quick dinner!! You can also do a salad if you kids will eat that…only 2 of mine will at this point but I love a salad!
  9. Fish and Fries! We buy a big bag of tilapia, toss some seasonings on it, and bake it in the oven with some fries. It’s so good all 3 of my kids ask for fish night and it requires very little prep work!
  10. Sausage and Noodles! Turkey sausage was something I found a few years back and it has become one of my favorite foods. Especially now since you can get them in so many flavors! We grill them, and have a side of whole wheat noodles topped with Parmesan cheese (YUMMY) and some green beans! One of my favorite easy meals my whole family enjoys.

10 Easy Dinners

Dana

Stay On Track

Life is crazy busy. Do you ever sit down and think “Wow, where did the day go”…or the month…or a year! I know I do!! It’s a struggle to stay on track! It seems like just yesterday I was getting ready to have my first child, and now he is almost 7 and I have 2 more kids!! The months I was pregnant with him seemed to drag on, but since then it’s been non stop on the go!

Stay On Track

For most Mom’s, life is hectic so its hard to stay on track with your goals. Whether they are fitness related, business related, health related…it’s hard!! You set these awesome goals, and before you know it time has passed and you are no closer to hitting them. So what do you do? Well, for starters, don’t beat yourself up! Even the most put together Mom has trouble staying on track! I’m great about working my business, but you better believe I always have a huge pile of laundry at my house that needs to get done.

 

Comparing yourself to someone else is the worse thing to do. Instead focus on you and your personal goals as everyone has different issues in their life and different ideas as to how to stay on track. Here are a few of mine that I find work great!

Stay On Track

  1. Have an accountability partner. When someone else knows your goals, its proven to help you stick to them better! Have a friend that can help keep you on track and that can point out when you might be falling off. Be partners and do the same for them to help you both succeed!
  2. Write Down Your Goals Long Term and Short Term. Being able to see your goals each day helps you remember why you are working so hard to achieve them. It also helps make your goals a prioirty and gives you something to work for now, and for the future.
  3. Have A Plan. I write out my plan each month and that really helps me with staying on track. I mark down what needs to get done and when, then I cross it off. I love crossing things off my list, it really helps me feel accomplished!
  4. Participate in Training’s. This is huge!! No matter what your goals are, it helps to learn from people who have been where you are, and have had success! Training yourself in your business, your hobby, or just how to do daily things better can really help you accomplish more and easier.
  5. Give Yourself A High Five. It’s hard being a Mom! It’s also hard having goals and making time for you. Remember to celebrate your success and enjoy it. You don’t want to dread working on your goals so keep it fun, take time off here and there, and celebrate when you get something hard, finished.
Dana

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

78% of the population lives paycheck to paycheck. One in 3 people have no money in their savings accounts. 10-12% of a COUPLES income goes to child care.

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

These are some scary numbers!! It shows that people need an income, but when they work outside of the home, they lose a lot to daycare. Not to mention less time with their kids and spouses. And more stress and expenses come with working outside the home. So what are Mom’s to do??

Work From Home Jobs For Moms

Work from home jobs for Moms is the answer! You can find so many different types of jobs from home. Things such as customer service jobs, data, entry, transcribing, referral marketing, selling products, the list goes on and on! Many Mom’s chose the route of selling products, as its just something easy to do!! After all, your income can be way higher than minimum wage, which is what most other jobs pay. The downside to selling products is it takes time, hard work, and consistency. Most people want a paycheck 5 minutes after they sign up and it doesn’t work that way.

Work from home jobs for moms are a great way to still bring in a paycheck, without having to rush around to a 9 to 5 and put your kids in daycare. That hard part is fining the type that will work best for you. For example, if you have young kids at home, a customer service job where you are on the phone would not be a good fit. But maybe a VIRTUAL customer service job would be. If you have great typing skills, you could transcribe documents. If you have experience in data entry or accounting, you can find jobs along those lines too.

 

You have tons of great ways you can work from home, you just have to look hard, try a few things, and never give up!

 

Here are 30 jobs you can do from home without selling products.

If you would prefer to be your own boss, and make a higher income, check out our Work From Home Directory.

 

Customer Service JobsWork From Home Jobs For Moms

Enterprise

Uhaul

1-800 Flowers

Live Ops

Arise

American Express

Sykes

Cloud Source

ACD Direct

Apple

 

Date Entry Jobs

Great American Opportunities

SigTrack

VirtualBee

Microworkers

Clickworker

 

Virtual Customer Service

Needle

Live Sales Staff

Capital Typing

PaperlesPipeline

Sedgwick

 

Computer Jobs

Leapforce

Appen

ZeroChaos

Lionbridge

iSoftStone

 

Writing Jobs

Quicktate 

Blogging Pro

TranscribeMe

Capital Typing

Scribie

 

 

Dana

Call Me Extreme Mom

Do you ever feel like you go to the extremes as a Mom? Call me extreme Mom….cause I do it all the time haha. Like, making sure your kids have nice clothes, while you are wearing pants from before they were born. Or making them a healthy balanced meal with organic foods while you munch on leftovers. And being over protective even about the things YOU personally did as a kid. Any other Mom’s like this??? I am!!! When it comes to the health, happiness, and well being of my kids, I go to the extremes. I just couldn’t imagine not as my love for them is so great, I want the best for them always!

Call Me Extreme Mom

Call Me Extreme Mom

Recently I started seeing a new doctor, and when I told her my reason for switching (she isn’t covered by insurance so very expensive) doctors was because of my kids, she asked why. I know as a Mom, I want to be the BEST version of myself possible. When I am sick all the time, I’m not the Mom I want to be. Of course I know having an autoimmune disease is not my fault or something I can control, but I want to do everything possible to be as healthy as I can for my kids.

So when we discussed a strict meal plan that I dislike with passion, I agreed to do it. It’s called the autoimmune protocol diet (details with links below) and it’s specifically for people with autoimmune diseases. It helps to remove inflammation in your body by taking out foods that may irritate you. It’s a very strict diet! No coffee, no eggs, no white potatoes, no rice, no peppers….along those lines. And we all know I love my coffee!! I guarantee I would be less sad about the meal plan if they gave me coffee haha. I have 3 kids under the age of 6, I need caffeine!!

Call Me Extreme Mom

I’ve done the plan before and that was why I had a poor attitude (and still do a bit haha) as I knew for me, I didn’t enjoy it. Some people do it and have amazing results and stay on it for months and years. Not me!! I did it for 6 weeks and hated it, plus felt worse during it. One of the main reasons that is, I did not prepare. I didn’t have enough recipes, or snacks on hand so I would be hungry a lot. I also ate way too many fruits and veggies which I found upset my stomach really bad. I was probably the only person ever to gain weight on that meal plan haha. Thus when it was suggested, I was not the least bit excited.

 

Again I’ll do it though because I’m willing to go to the extremes for my kids. I know this plan may not help me, but it also might make me feel loads better! I’ll have the energy to take my kids on fun activities on the weekend! I’ll be able to spend more time with my husband in the evening before falling asleep. I’ll be a better friend to those I’ve been too tired to keep up with. All those things push me to give it a try again.

Call Me Extreme Mom

And to take a gazillion supplements a day.
And get vitamin injections.
And say good bye to all my favorite foods.
And change my favorite workout routine.

When It comes to being the best Mom I can be, I will happily go to the extreme!!! So call me extreme Mom if that’s what it takes to get healthier.

Remember if you have a chronic illness and are NOT getting the help and support you need, it may be time to change doctors. My previous doctor is great, but since she did not specialize in autoimmune diseases, she didn’t know how to help when my condition kept getting worse. Look for a functional medicine doctor, or naturopath. Usually they do not accept insurance but they will work very hard to use natural approaches to get you feeling better quickly!! And feeling better is what we all want!

Great Resources To Check Out:Call Me Extreme Mom

What Is The AIP Diet?
What Is An Autoimmune Disease?
The AIP Diet And What Is It
The AIP Facebook Group (great for recipes, support, tips)

Dana