The Positives of Being a Homemaker

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The Positives of Being a Homemaker

Post  alec eiffel on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:27 pm

I asked the question the other day about receiving negative comments so to redress the balance, what are the benefits of being a homemaker, or if you're not quite there yet what is it that makes you want to be at home full time?


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Re: The Positives of Being a Homemaker

Post  TP on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:27 pm

its relaxed and laid back. No worrying if you have time to get things done. You can be outside when its hot. Razz
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Post  helen jelly on Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:07 pm

Positives for me are that I can spend time on the internet finding things to do/make cheaper than the shops, I also have time to trawl for things such as cheap hols/food etc. I'm also available for the children as and when they need me - illness, probs at school etc and 1 last thing - I can get the jobs in the house done during working hours so that frees up after school/work time for us to be a family.

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Post  alec eiffel on Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:18 pm

Thanks for replying, getting to make the most of the good weather is a very big plus!

For us it means when the man takes time off we can just go off and do what we want rather than the hassle of trying to get days off together. The household is less stressed because we don't both bring home work worries. It's easier to save money as there's no need to buy junk food because we're both tired out (When I worked I did 14 hour days so cooking wasn't top priority), I can be bothered to hunt around for deal, make/restore the stuff we need for the house and source things we want. I'm at home to deal with ill pets, workmen and all that stuff and like Helen everything is done during the week so weekends and holidays are free for nothing but fun!

I know people with jobs do the frugal stuff as well but we're all about relaxing, no cramming activity into every last second of the day. If me being at home reduces the stress - and it does, then it's worth doing. Anything that means we can just head to the beach at the weekend is a plus for us.


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Re: The Positives of Being a Homemaker

Post  froogs on Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:21 pm

My positives:

Being around my children in the early years.
Being able to focus fully on paperwork organisation/bill paying/running of the finances/home order
Running the home/washing/ironing/cleaning/cooking/packed lunch making seemlessly.
Being in full control of my families diet.

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Less 'other people' caused stressed.
Able to take a break whenever I like.
Focus on my studies to better our lives in the future.
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Post  TP on Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:49 pm

i am able to help the other half if he needs it. I can save him a great deal of time by being around to do shop banking and errands etc. Plus if we go away i have time to get organised well.
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Post  Bitsy Beans on Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:35 am

the main advantage is I am my own boss. My time is mine to spend the best way I see fit (although I confess too much time is spent on the computer). I don't miss office politics and other peoples ego trips, being spoken to as if I was an idiot or a pleb to boss around.

It allows me to be able to attend the kids special assemblies without having to beg in advance for the time off. I am at home to do the frugal things I like to do, dabble in new skills (like sewing!) and enjoy life at my pace rather than the office. When I worked after having my DS I was out of the house from 8am to 6.30pm. Long day spent away from my son. OK childminding is the hardest job I've done (no scheduled breaks, bickering kids, the endless clutter of toys) but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages IMO.
Bottom line is as long as I don't procrastinate I don't spend all weekend catching up on stuff I couldn't do during the week.
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Post  the_cat on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:35 am

Enough time to do what needs to be done and not be running myself ragged to do it

Childrens school work improved as soon as I was at home with a bit more hands on supervision

Me OH now both have a social life rather than exist to work

Me and OH now both exercise and are fitter/healthier

Weekends are no longer a long line of jobs for us both

Kids have homecooked food, healthier and tastier!

Had enough time to properly help eldest to apply for jobs/take to interviews etc etc. He starts full time in Sept

Getting together a group of friends with things in common rather than work colleagues who just had 'work' in common with me

Food and bills have gone down

Shopping around has saved us loads - something I didn't have time for before

We now work to live - him paid, me doing the rest

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Post  Anne on Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:57 am

Hi
Positives to being a homemaker for me amongst a host of loads of positives is, that I'm my own boss.
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Post  TP on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:16 am

get to come on here Very Happy
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Post  froogs on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:26 am

tenerifeprincess wrote:get to come on here Very Happy

Very Happy I must admit I have had far too many coffee breaks since you opened Very Happy bounce
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Post  TP on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:28 am

:lol!: [quote="frugaliciousness"]
tenerifeprincess wrote:get to come on here Very Happy

Very Happy I must admit I have had far too many coffee breaks since you opened Very Happy :
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Post  TP on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:01 am

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Re: The Positives of Being a Homemaker

Post  flibsey on Tue Oct 11, 2011 1:05 am

not having to work outside of my comfort zone!!!

I'm not good with people. I'm not good at taking orders. I'm not good with criticism, I find it hard to relate and judge emotions of others, I wasn't good at working for other people. now I work for my family and love it.
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Post  appletree on Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:20 am

me staying at home means I get to take the kids to and from school, not having to pay for before/after school clubs if i was working, I am here for teacher training days and when they are ill, I am here to go to school events, assemblies and plays, I do all the housework and shopping which leaves evenings and weekends free to do family stuff, life is much simpler e.g only DH has to arrange holiday dates with work not both of us trying to sort dates for the same time! I am a lot happier as I'm not stressed about getting to work on time, or getting work done to schedules, I can do what I want when I want! Might not work for all but I am more than happy being a SAHM Very Happy
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Post  lollyfin on Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:18 am

Flibsey i am very like you in that way and that is a huge reason for me being at home as well as being here for the kids and OH
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Post  TP on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:59 pm

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Post  pipling on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:39 am

Being there for my DD everyday and not having to send her to nursery.

Being able to stay at home and not leave the house when I'm feeling poorly/having an arthritis flare up.

Doing what I like, when I like.
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Re: The Positives of Being a Homemaker

Post  marciared on Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:27 am

You can bath or shower anytime you want, even in the middle of the day.
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