Raising kids is hard work. It’s a challenge to balance a strong marriage, parenting, and financial security. There is so much that we want to do now that can take time away from building the future. We know we’re not the only ones that want to get it right. Everyone wants to balance providing for their family and being with their family given the 24 hours in each day.
There are lots of blogs about finances and frugal living. The financial independence blogs are fun to read, but often written by DINKs (dual income, no kids – no offense intended). Then there are the mostly frugal family blogs that may have a lot of great information on cutting costs, but it seems like the focus is often on being frugal to get by. We don’t live frugally to make ends meet; we want to live within our means so that we can support our true priorities.
We’re Mike and Emily, high school sweet hearts that have been married for over 11 years with four rambunctious children under ten years old. Therefore, our three bedroom house in the suburbs is in a perpetual state of clutter and disarray. We certainly don’t have all the answers, but are hoping to learn a great deal more from reflecting on and sharing our experiences with you.
We started this blog to force ourselves to learn better ways to manage our household and to share what we have learned so far. Some of our experiments work out well, and you will get to learn from the ones that don’t. Everyone has daily challenges and struggles as well as joys and successes. It’s nice to know that someone else is dealing with the same things.
The main themes are saving money, saving time, making money, and making time. We’ll try really hard to stick to those themes, but parenting is hilarious. Sometimes we just need to write a funny story about what usually happens when Em goes to the store or a thoughtful essay on why everything in the house is wet.
Thanks for checking out the site! Let us know how you would like to become less harried, or what you have already figured out for simplifying family life. We would love to hear from you.
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