Becoming Debt Free in 2009

February 27, 2009

Money Isn’t Everything

Filed under: Goals,Journey to Debt Freedom,Kids — ambercouric @ 10:42 am

Thanks to everyone for your input on the resume issue.

I have been giving some thought to the issue of working.  I think I have said before but if not I’ll say it again, I like my life.  I like being home for my children, baking muffins for breakfast, carpool in the afternoons so I can hear about the day and all the other things that go along with being a stay at home mom. 

I’m not sure that I want a job.  The more I thought about it the only positive was that I would be paid.  I would have a regular check in my bank account.  But what would I give up to have this?  I would give up time with my family, the opportunity to do much of the volunteer work that I have done for the past 15 years, and the freedom to just do what I want to do.

I have four years before Kennedy will be off to college.  I don’t think I’m ready for a career.  I may consider a job once I’m an empty nester but right now I’m happy being mom, wife, volunteer, and PF blogger.

For me the right decision is to continue to do the same things I have done for the last 15 years.



  1. Good for you! In the last 19 years of being a SAHM I have worked outside the home twice. Once for 2 months part time and the other for 5 months full time. I hated not being home for my kids. And, it’s difficult to get things done that need to be done. Taking kids (and myself) to doctor/dentist appointments, grocery shopping, etc… That’s why I started my own business that I run out of my home. I can make my own schedule and work as much or as little as needed.

    Comment by Michelle — February 27, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  2. Good for you – I LOVE IT! I am one for doing what is best for your family, but my heart always screams, keeping doing the SAHM thing!!!! dd starts kindergarten in the fall – I keep getting the ‘so are you going back to work’ question… but people just can’t understand when I say ‘no’ I am thinking just like you – $ isn’t everything, sure, we are in debt, but nothing that we aren’t able to handle. (now if it becomes a necessity, then so be it.) I love that you are there for your family. Quality of life is much more important. Enjoy it while you can & while it lasts 🙂

    Comment by jpkittie — February 27, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  3. One of my favorite lines from the movie Raising Arizona is from John Goodman trying to console Nicholas Cage on his job loss – ‘You’re young, you’ve got your health, what in the world do you want with a job?’

    I truly believe there are more important things in life than money.

    Comment by Over the Cubicle Wall — February 27, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  4. ah ha…so it sounds like you already have your dream job! You just didn’t realize it!

    Comment by SimplyForties — February 27, 2009 @ 9:20 pm


    I wouldn’t trade any amount of income for the family life it sounds like you have!!

    Comment by Frugal Dreamer — February 27, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

  6. Er… I meant, I love YOUR decision! 😉 Typo!

    Comment by Frugal Dreamer — February 27, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

  7. Good for you-putting family first is an excellent achievement-no-one can take this away from you.

    Comment by sharon rose — February 28, 2009 @ 10:09 am

  8. I was a SAHM for 7 years, and I have never regretted those years. So many happy memories of leisurely afternoons at the park, or chatting and laughing over a bowl of grapes and board games, or leisurely strolls around the neighborhood seeing what spring flowers, or changing leafs we could spy, etc., etc., etc.

    Now I work and it is just different. Always in a rush cuz we are on a schedule. If you have a desire to be home full-time, and you have the ability to be home full-time, then by all means be at home full-time. As you said, once Kennedy goes off to college that is that. Now is your opportunity. There will still be jobs and opportunities to earn money once he has gone.

    Comment by momthing1 — February 28, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

  9. No one ever ends their life wishing they spent more time at work. Congratulations on knowing what’s important in life. Hopefully, if you’re ready to re-enter the work force after Kennedy goes to college, the economy will be in better shape. *fingers crossed*

    Comment by shtinkykat — February 28, 2009 @ 2:50 pm

  10. Thank you all for your support. Mary you are absolutely right – I have found my dream job I just didn’t realize it.

    Comment by Amber C — March 1, 2009 @ 11:52 am

  11. Thanks fantastic! and nothing wrong with that. Good for you.

    Comment by Budget Mama — March 1, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

  12. I’m glad you decided to stay at home for now.

    For future reference, you can put your volunteer experiences on your resume to showcase your skills.

    Comment by Converting A Spendthrift — March 1, 2009 @ 8:13 pm

  13. Fairplay to you. Good decision. I aim to be in a position where I can quite the 9 – 5 but I have to get out of debt first!

    Comment by Until Debt Do US Part — March 2, 2009 @ 6:33 am

  14. We all need to do what makes us happy! It’s so important to reflect on what we want, not just what we think we “should” do or what others want for us.

    Comment by Saver Queen — March 16, 2009 @ 11:12 am

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