- Luckily my maternity leave coincides with my final payment on my car. That will be $250 less per month I will have to pay to the bank!
- No work = less gas driving back and forth
- No work = less lunches out (though, this only adds up to like $10-15 per week)
- Losing baby weight = eating less take out
- Meal planning = eating less take out
- Meal planning means throwing out less perishable food as well.
- Being home also means I will have time to do more large cooking sessions. This is where you can really stretch a dollar. If I buy meat/produce in bigger quantities and cook several meals at once I can save money!
- My husband has said he is going to cut back on his takeout coffee and drink the free stuff at work more. That resolution only lasted a day last week but hopefully he gets on that track!
- He is also going to talk to his boss' about possibly using his gas card for my gas once in awhile. (His dad owns part of the company, so this might fly!)
- We buy all diapers and wipes in big bulk packs to save more money.
- We only buy store brand junk food from now on (ie chips)
- I have put together a big list of free or cheap ideas to keep the kids busy over the summer so I am not spending money on things just to get them to leave me alone (ie movies and waterparks)
- I am going to start couponing more!
- Oh, the other thing I am going to do is that when I want fast food and then cook Kraft Dinner instead, I am going to put the money I would have spent on Fast Food into my savings account! Then we can use that as our summer fun money!
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Making Maternity Leave Work
In Canada, we are lucky enough to get paid by the government to stay home with our baby for maternity leave for a full year. Unfortunately, that pay is only 55% of your salary. This is really going to stretch us financially. Here are some of the ways we are going to make it work! Please share ideas for more!