Thursday, August 19, 2010
Another Way to "Earn" Money
I don't make any money.
I am completely reliant on my husband to bring home the bacon. Can I confess that sometimes that bothers me? It's not that my husband cares at all about how I spend the money he brings home. It's not that I don't get any say in how it's distributed. He hands me the checks and I take care of them. What gets under my skin occasionally is that I don't contribute to our family's finances at all.
I know my worth is not based on the money I bring in (Good thing!), and I know the work I do is important. I would have found a paying job a long time ago if I wasn't convinced I'm following God's plan for my life. My husband tells me all the time he thinks I should keep doing what I do, but I'd be lying if I said I don't feel tinges of insignificance sometimes for my lack of bread earning.
I remember feeling my "value" acutely when we were getting life insurance. The agent was very nice about pointing out how much money it would cost my husband if I were to die and he had to replace the services I provide, yet the life insurance policy we have on him is five times the one we have on me. What does that say to you?
Last week as I painted my daughter's room, I lamented to myself again about my lack of contribution to my family's financial resources when an encouraging thought made one of those cartoon light bulbs glow above my head.
I may not MAKE any money for my family, but I sure do SAVE them some. Isn't that almost as good? I SAVE my family money by cooking meals at home, by taping the drywall and taking care of the painting in Drama Queen's room myself. Collecting and keeping track of the coupons from retail stores has saved us hundreds of dollars. Why on Saturday alone, this tactic kept $57 in our bank account.
Saving money for them is a way of earning it, don't you think?
So this is for all you stay-at-home moms who get to feeling unimportant because you don't earn a paycheck. What you do matters. You are a vital part of your family's well-being even though you never deposit a check with your name on it. Your efforts to SAVE money for your family is another way of earning it.