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    Congrats! I haven't read all the posts...just the first few.

    As to making money from home, have you considered being a home childcare provider? I am not thru an agency...I'm private. (Not sure what the "home childcare laws" are in your State.) I'm also not sure where you live or if there are a lot of moms looking for care for their babies when they go back to work, but it's an idea.

    I've been doing home childcare for 7-1/2 years...since DD1 was one. I have an 11-page contract, forms, extra home insurance, etc. I charge $38/day/child and have had four full time daycare children for over a year. (Of course, the rate per child per day would completely depend on what other home childcare providers are charging in your area. It also would depend on what you have to offer as well by way of environment, toys, outings, etc.) It's an excellent way to stay home with your own child(ren) and make money while doing it. Our two daughters are now in school full time, and I have no desire to quit doing what I'm doing. I enjoy it as I run my home childcare as a "home away from home". Everything I did with my girls (going to playgroups, running errands, going to the park, etc.) I do with my daycare children. And I get paid for it! It's also great because on the girls' school days off (PD Days), March break, Christmas break and summer vacation, I'm here for them. Yes, there are other children in the home, but it makes for a busy and fun day! Just a thought and an idea....

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    Congratulations!!!

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    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonnotsm9 View Post
    Are there any expenses related to your work that you won't have if you quit? I know I spent less on clothing, gas, and lunches once I stayed home full-time. Any cable or optional monthly expenses you can cut or lower?
    Great question! My husband & I actually work at the same place, and we only own 1 car, so gas expenses would be the same. And as far as wardrobe, I am a Track & Field coach and my work attire consists of athletic apparel that I would already own to workout and a roughly $200-500 stipend I get to spend from the apparel company that sponsors us. And while my coworkers go out to eat everyday, I go home to let the dog out and eat leftovers!

    We have already cut down a lot of optional expenses. We do pay for an internet/basic cable bundle (only because the bundle was cheaper than just internet for a certain period of time when we signed up) and Netflix is our "splurge". We are planning to go into our car insurance company to see if we can get our rate lowered. Now that we have paid off our car we no longer need to be on full coverage, so that should drop our expenses a little.

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    CONGRATS!!!!

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    Don't go crazy buying clothes - they magically appear.
    And they are "almost" as magically OUTGROWN quickly!!!

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    What state do you live in? I saw your post said the south. I am a daycare owner ,and typically childcare in the south is much cheaper. Check out Babysitters, Nannies, Child Care and Senior Home Care - Care.com if you want a nanny instead. I have had wonderful luck finding employees for my daycare thru that site. I am also due in July but with my 3 rd child. I also agree with do not buy anything. I swear baby stuff multiplies while you sleep. Just maybe put the word out you are looking for baby items if anyone has any they are getting rid of. You will be shocked at how much stuff you can come across. If you are anxious about buying things go to yard sales, consignment and goodwill first. Sign up for all coupons, samples ect. Oh and last but not least do you have a link for shackle to purchase? I have not had any in a few years and would love to order some.

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    Yes I also recommend becoming a home childcare provider.

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    Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ARCMOMMY View Post
    Oh and last but not least do you have a link for shackle to purchase? I have not had any in a few years and would love to order some.
    I sent you a Private Message!

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    Congrats!! Your first is always a special time.

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