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post #1 of 8
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well I have tried to look for a job. my husband who informed me that I NEEDED to find a job decided that I should just magically be able to produce transportation and childcare and every time I mention him taking me around to fill out applications he had pressing things to do or he didn't feel like it. *blink blink* and I of course...not wanting to work don't mind a bit. but we still do need more than $700/month to survive. so my compromise as follows: (very ingenious)

1.) all the kids clothes are donations. the only thing we bought is one outfit that we splurged on it costed $10 but it looks cute on Caleb.

2.) paper route! we're going to get 2 if we can. that should offset the cost of gas.

3.) bye bye internet and cable I'll miss you!

4.) i'm going to offer to babysit for insanely low prices...it brings in *some* money at least without me having to leave Caleb with people.

5.) we're using our tax money to buy cloth diapers (used) so we don't have to use disposables anymore (we only have 5 FB's right now)

6.) i'm finally able to transition Caleb off formula! the next baby won't get a bottle so I won't have to worry about him/her weaning due to nipple preference.

if anyone has ANY other ideas at all lemme know! the paper route is ingenious because we can bring caleb and baby with us eventually and I can roll up the papers and he can deliver.
post #2 of 8
I hate to be a downer but I am not sure about taking a baby on a paper route.

First driving around delvering papers is cold with the window down so much. That problem is fixable of course because you can bundle him up.

Second the fumes from papers is awful, not sure how good they are for us let alone a young child. Of course if you have a window down what helps.

Of course when a person needs $$ you gotta do something. And it really is nice you can take the kids with you. But one of you could go and the other stay and home and watch the little ones.
post #3 of 8
I stay home with my children by buying from thrift stores and selling on ebay. I make around six hundred or so dollars a month that way. You would need to keep the Internet for that though.
post #4 of 8
we did the paper route thing. My dh did it alone though because he had to be there at 3 o'clock in the am. He did this all working full time night shift (3pm -11pm) it was crazy but we paid the bills! this went on for 6 months-(poor sleep deprived dh) then I started a work at home business and was able to make up the difference. sometimes you just have to do what you can and try not to roll in the extra in your budget but insttead try to save what you can so you could maybe start a wahm business of some type (or pay off a bill!). Also i babysat for extra money and we would swap so i could work part time. good luck, it is hard but if you have a goal in mind it makes it easier when you know it is temporary.
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Slabobbin
I stay home with my children by buying from thrift stores and selling on ebay. I make around six hundred or so dollars a month that way. You would need to keep the Internet for that though.
I would love to know more about what you do. Is it brand name things? Do you sell in lots or by the piece? Are there general tips for how to get started doing this? I love throft store shopping, but I just dont know what to look for that has resale value. The extra $$ would be wonderful (I know its a lot of work, but at least you can do it with/around kids).
post #6 of 8
I had a paper route last winter. It wasn't so bad, i just did my neighborhood. It paid about $200/mo for 2 hours, 3x a week in the morning. They had to be delivered by 7 am, so I got up early, left DS and DH sleeping, delivered the papers and jumped back into bed for an hour or so until DS woke up.
The worst was when it was -40 and I still has to do them, complaining the entire time. Oh, that sucked, and obviously, you can't bring the kids along then.
post #7 of 8
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I told my dh that if we do get a paper route (which he doesn't want to get) that we wouldn't be doing it (ie *I* would not be doing it in winter. i've done it and it sucks. mainly what the first poster said..the fumes and its freezing. no thanks lol.
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by momto l&a
I hate to be a downer but I am not sure about taking a baby on a paper route.
not in the winter of course. he would deliver them alone. this is hopefully going to be a fix it temporary thing until he can get a better job or I can move somewhere where I can find childcare that *I* agree with. mainly a mama who doesn't flatly refuse to use my son's cloth diapers.

First driving around delvering papers is cold with the window down so much. That problem is fixable of course because you can bundle him up.
once again the baby wouldn't be going in the winter. too cold. as you've mentioned LoL.

Second the fumes from papers is awful, not sure how good they are for us let alone a young child. Of course if you have a window down what helps.
oh yes very stinky. I meant when it warms up we can take the kiddos. and who knows? I might convince dh to take his *best friend* with him hehe.

Of course when a person needs $$ you gotta do something.
yep

And it really is nice you can take the kids with you. But one of you could go and the other stay and home and watch the little ones.
That would be him as he's the one with the drivers license
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