Hi there! Thanks for visiting the site and for taking a moment to find out what it’s all about.
My name is Lena, and I’ve been blogging for a while…but about serious stuff like the economy and taxes. Yuck, right?!! Well, this is the blog I’ve always wanted to have.
You see, I spend most of my days running a household, working from home, and being a mommy to two beautiful little girls and a squishy baby boy. As a mom who sometimes works from home, I do what I can at night and during nap times.
When my kids are awake, you can find us out and about at playdates, driving to and from preschool, and spending too much money at Target. Despite working only when my kids sleep (or when I have a babysitter to help me), I manage to contribute a decent amount to our annual household budget and constantly get questions from friends and former co-workers about how I am able to do that.
Stay-at-Home Mom Finances & My Mortgage Free Dream
Just like any modern-day mom, I sometimes find myself going a little bit crazy trying to do it all. I’ve always wanted a blog where I can write about this juggling act (as if I needed something else to do, right?!).
Before I quit my job to be a stay-at-home-mom, my husband and I saved my entire income for over a year, and we continued our extremely frugal ways well after the birth of our first child, until we almost went nuts! We’ve since learned to be a little less crazy when it comes to living on less, but I still spend the majority of my non-baby moments planning our finances, meal planning, making investing decisions, volunteering, working online, couponing, and pursuing different ways to make extra money from home.
This will be the place for me to address the questions I receive about how I’m able to afford to stay at home and how I make money from home. Most importantly, this will be where I document our family’s journey to financial independence, starting with paying off our mortgage.
I call it My Mortgage Free Dream.
The Equation: Making a Lot = Saving a Lot + Giving a Lot
I am a big fan of combining a frugal mindset with an entrepreneurial drive to optimize savings while maximizing income. This will be the theme behind many of my posts on WhatMommyDoes.
I believe there is a point where your time & effort is better spent earning more vs. concentrating on saving, but that both are important to long term financial health. On one hand, you can only save what you earn; on the other hand, it doesn’t matter how much you earn if you can’t hold on to any of it.
I will share my best strategies for saving money, and I hope to document my own home business adventures as well as give my readers ideas for bringing in a little extra cash on the side themselves. Occasionally I will throw in some fun stuff like playdate ideas and my thoughts in general about being a stay-at-home-mom to my little boogers. :=) Mommies (even entrepreneurial ones) do a little bit of everything under the sun. This is my place to share all of that.
It is my hope that every one of my readers will follow me on this journey to achieve financial independence. For me, financial independence means not having to worry about my own future so I can spend my time helping others.
For now I can only daydream about what it will feel like to own our home 100% outright. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can actually experience it!
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