Wow, is it hard to survive financially these days! Especially trying to make it on one income! I have heard more than one of my firefighter comrades say, “Man, I don’t see how you make it!” Well, I can say that it is not easy. Homeschool moms are also involved in the process of finding ways to make the extra money it requires just to get the bills paid and hopefully have enough extra money to get away and have a night out.
My wife and I have been married for almost 20 years and before we had our three children, we made a commitment that she would stay home and raise the kids. At first, it was quite a sacrifice. At the time, she was pulling in just over $10,000 a year. (Of course, that ten thousand went a lot further that it does today.) We found ourselves scaling back on some of the non-essentials of life. We went from having two vehicles to just one and did not get to go and do things as often as we had been. But, looking back on it, I can definitely say it was well worth it.
As many of you probably know, firefighters work odd hours. Someone has to be at the firehouse 24/7 to protect the community from fire and other emergencies. Most schedules allow for 48 hours or more off after working a 24 hour shift. I would guestimate that 90% or more of us work jobs on our off days. In our department, we have construction workers, loggers, painters, computer techs, and truck drivers just to name a few. Some guys even work on an ambulance on their off time!
Besides making a commitment to have mom stay home to raise the kids, we also made the commitment to homeschool those kids! This involves more sacrifices. But again, the rewards are worth the sacrifices that were made! There are many reasons for the decision we made to home school. I won’t get into those in this article. The point is between working, being involved in the schooling process and keeping up the home and making time for family, there is little time left for making extra money.
So what do we do, you ask? We have turned to the unlimited opportunities of the internet! One for instance is eBay! This is perfect for working at home. It is perfect for busy lives! There is no need to man a store during certain hours and you can work it as you have time. I can easily make an additional 300-500 dollars a month buying and reselling on eBay.