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What work does your dh/dp do that enables you to be a SAHP?

post #1 of 276
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Im curious which types of jobs pay well enough for only one of you to have to work.
post #2 of 276
No husband here - I'm a single part-time (less than ten hours a week) working mostly SAHM.
post #3 of 276
I'm fortunate in that dh has a very well playing job. He's a VP. But it comes with a price of him not being home because of trips or long work hours.
post #4 of 276
manufacturing engineer but he calls himself a designer or more simple titles like that
post #5 of 276
Soccer coach. And he only has to work ~2 hours/day.
post #6 of 276
Medical supplies sales. The wheelchairs are where the money is at.
post #7 of 276
Freelance entertainment and corporate rigging. You know those lights and and motors that are up high in the ceiling at concerts? He climbs up there and hangs those. The 'on' season is great the 'off' season is a nightmare.

I also babysit here and there.
post #8 of 276
Insurance analyst. He sets up models for natural disasters to come up with risk ratios/insurance premiums.
post #9 of 276
computer programmer - works a lot, but works from home!
post #10 of 276
when i was with my ex he had a job at target stocking. and i had to stay home because if i got a job all my money would go right back out to childcare costs.
post #11 of 276
My dh is s federal law enforcment officer with the Fish and Wildlife Service. His pay is okay, his benefits are good, but what has really made it possible is that he is required to live on the wildlife refuge he works at and therefore we get a big house for low rent in great areas with good school districts. They do all our house repairs too. So that benefit is what has really made it possible.
post #12 of 276
DH is a university librarian. It's not a very high-paying job by any means. In fact, he makes about 50% less than he made when DD was first born and I started staying home with her. (He used to be an IT specialist in the same library system.)

What makes it possible for me to stay at home is that we bought a house 15 years ago when prices were low and then didn't upsize even though we could have. I also work about 20 hours/month on weekends and evenings. That pays for a lot of extras.
post #13 of 276
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I'm fortunate in that dh has a very well playing job. He's a VP. But it comes with a price of him not being home because of trips or long work hours.
My DH is also a partner/VP whatever you want to call it in a Physical Therapy clinic. But yes, he has to be at his job more and for holidays like Christmas etc, his employees take time off so he works more hours during the December months or early July. The trade off- he has several weeks vacation and all the partners benefits are included in their salary, ownership etc. Most of the time, if he needs time off, he can take it. But if they are short another PT at a location, he or another partner may have to fill in there. If they open, close, or move a clinic- they are there for it on the off days. And yes there is travel, weekends at courses for continueing ed or even teaching.

Yes, he makes decent money that allows me to stay home. But if I was employed outside of my home, there would be other expenses that also would come up which we dont have right now-daycare, gas to get there, more income taxes, work clothing all kinds of things.
post #14 of 276
I think for a lot of women it's not about whether their husbands had "lucrative" jobs, at least not from what I've read on these boards.

My husband is currently currently a stocker at Walmart, but he'll be quitting end of this month and we'll be living off of student loans so he can do his internships. At that point he'll be a paramedic so money won't be a huge issue-though honestly we've been lucky that in our area the col isnt' too high so we've made due with some budgeting. Eventually hubby is going to be a surgeon so we'll have money for me to stay at home, but that's a way off and our first dd is on her way in December.
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I think for a lot of women it's not about whether their husbands had "lucrative" jobs, at least not from what I've read on these boards.
You are right. Although dh's pay is high, the living expenses in our city are high but we live very simply. I have friends whose combined salaries is greater than dh but they are always struggling. It is all about living simply and not buy into the mentally of "keeping up with the Joneses".
post #16 of 276
I actually made a smidge more than my husband (when you take into account my great holidays - I was a teacher, and in Canada at least we are paid fairly decently), so for us it was about downsizing our house, paying cash for our van, driving an old paid for car, and making different choices so I could stay home.
post #17 of 276
Dp is an electrician. But if we lived anywhere near his job location, we would probably not be able to afford it. Well, owning a house anyway. So we live about 35 miles from his work site. Also, we are VERY frugal. The guys he works with can't believe that we can make it on his income, but they also like to spend $$$. They make the same amount of $$$ but their wives work too.
post #18 of 276
DH works in IT at the University. But, that wasn't the case until a year ago. Before that, he worked at the warehouse for the University bookstore as a temp employee. He took a huge chance taking that job over the guaranteed good income through a local grocer working night crew. But, for us (we have lived on VERY little in the past) it was worth the risk. We now have excellent benefits and his hours really work well for us.

When I chose to SAH, I knew eventually I would need to bring some money in, so I chose to watch kids in my home. I babysit 3 days a week for a good friend. Her two boys are like my own, and my kids love them. It's well worth it.
post #19 of 276
Dh is the choir director at a public HS, HS football coach, and organist/director of music ministries at our church.
post #20 of 276
DH is a corporate accountant, but it helps that we live in a low COL area and have a network of family nearby. If we moved to Chicago, I'm not sure we could make it on one income.
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