Hi there! My name is Amanda, and I am the voice behind Her Happy Home. I’m a Christian, wife, and a stay at home mommy. Chase and I have been married for 4 years and are just trying to navigate through life with a toddler.
Once I became pregnant in 2015 with my son, Lincoln, I knew that after 9 years of teaching I wanted to close that chapter of my life and begin a new one being a stay at home mom. The thing is, it was scary! Going from two incomes to one seemed impossible, and without having any real solid plan we just kind of…went for it. Yes, we had ideas of how we could make it work, but my husband works a commission based job. So money definitely fluctuates around here.
After being home with Lincoln for a few months, I felt like I needed to do more to contribute. I may not be able to do much in terms of providing extra income for us, but I knew I could do more to save money. I’ve always been pretty frugal, but in the words of Barney Stinson…”Challenge accepted!” I really began paying attention to what I was buying at the grocery store, cutting down on buying stuff, and learning to be content with less. One income can be stressful at times, but overall we are a happier home because:
- Spending less money on material items means having more money for family activities and vacations, which equals incredible memories!
- Spending less on gifts means making more personalized gifts for friends and family.
- Spending less on food means being more creative in the kitchen (our grocery budget is about $300/month).
- Saving money makes for a stress-free husband (which makes a happy wife).
- Saving money means being able to live on one income, which enables me to stay home with Lincoln.
This is a journey because I have by no means arrived. I still struggle with impulse buys and the urge to splurge. I constantly go back and forth between being content with what we have, and the desire to want more.
Even if you’re not a single income family, you feel like you’re financially set, or you don’t budget at all, I think everyone has some desire or curiosity to see how they can cut down on what they’re spending.
I’ve been lucky enough to have some great people in my life who’ve been friends, mentors, and even family. Some of the things I write about are things I’ve learned from these sweet people, while other topics are just things I’ve picked up along the way. I’ll try my hardest to give credit where it is due.
I’m excited to share these ideas with y’all, and I can’t wait to hear your ideas in return!