Sydney & Denny

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Making a living.

It's hard to do as a SAHD.
We all have to make money somehow in today's world. Actually in any day's world that is true. Well, I guess there was a time when you could own a farm and raise/make anything you needed to get by. I have to believe that that day is long gone, and I'm not the farmer type anyway. If I were to be a farmer, my poor family would starve and freeze to death in the first six months! So that is why I am lucky that there are plenty of ways to make money today. The only problem with that is, I'm not doing any of those things right now. I am a SAHD and am not any any payroll at the moment. Now, I have a few things that I am doing to make a few bucks here and there. I officiate high school sports and that makes a little money, but I don't get rich doing it. So I'll just say it, money is tight in our household.
Saying NO!
My little girl has a habit of asking for everything she sees on TV and at every store we ever go into. Because of that, saying no has become pretty commonplace around here. The standard answer is "not right now Sweetie." It breaks my heart wide open to have to tell my kids no when they want things. But my wife and I have made the decision to have me stay at home and live off from her income. She makes decent money, but as I said before, we are not getting rich anytime soon. So we have to budget all of our monthly bills around her income and there isn't much left over for all the toys and games the kids want. Plus, they have this nasty habit they have developed. It's called eating. They seem to eat pretty much every day for some reason. Sometimes up to three times in one day!!! It's amazing how much they eat in reality though. I'm not complaining about that by any means, I just don't remember eating as much as they do when I was a kid. 
Anyways, almost all of our money is accounted for each paycheck and I'm really trying to find ways to get creative with what we do make. I've learned a lot of neat tips from reading all of the other blogs that I do and it's really fun to see how far we can make our money go. 
Where I'm going with this is this: My little girl has her fifth birthday coming up on November 9th. I'd like to hear from readers some good ideas for gifts that won't break the bank. Keep in mind that she LOVES princesses and unicorns. She is dressing up as Super Girl for Halloween and is getting into superheros. She loves to color and read, and she is amazed by dressing up.
So there you have it. You know what she is interested in, I need any and all ideas for her birthday gift that won't break the bank.
Thank you in advance and I hope you have had a great weekend.  


  1. Since it's her 5th Birthday, you're pretty much screwed. That is one of the "big" birthdays in our house. That is one where we invite a lot of people to come over and to bring gifts. #10 is like that too. The others, we have parties for them but it's just about people coming over to celebrate the day with our kids.
    I think at 5, you can still get away with a handful of crap from a family dollar store of sorts. They don't care when they are five.
    Look, I know that I'm not being very helpful but I do everything that I can not to acquire stuff. I have a tendency to keep it.
    Good Luck Friend, m.

  2. Mark, we do have a couple of big parties planned for her. The two sides of our family live about 100 miles apart, so we usually do two. The problem with that is it takes away from what we can spend on presents. The Dollar Store is a place we are very familiar with. I'm just worried about how long that can last. I've been told that kids toys get more expensive as they get older.