Monday, November 18, 2013

$$$$ Two Million Dollar Family

I'm sure you've heard of families that have one son and one daughter, referred to as "the million dollar family". When we found out our fourth baby was going to be a boy, a cousin commented that we were now going to have "the two million dollar family"!

This past year, while adjusting to a new mortagage, new home heating requirements, commuting costs  etc, we certainly wished we could have tapped into that two million dollars.

My husband started following the blog "Mr Money Mustache", hoping to glean some new found wisdom. He also created posters hoping to drum up business for firewood cutting, which is something he enjoys (a good outlet for the manly man). Thanks to our daughter Heidi putting up the posters, he was approached with a flexible, long term business partnership opportunity, meaning he now gets to cut firewood and use his skills to manage someone else's woodlot, every Saturday.

The biggest development of all is: in his search for a part time second job he applied for a position teaching at the local college and got it!
(Are college teachers referred to as professors?  Most of them have work experience and not PHd's I suppose, and therefore not?).

No teacher crushes allowed on this man college girls!!

I returned to the rusty, trusty old food budget (buying boneless, skinless ckn breast now seems extravagant ), and I started doing some extra childcare. 

All in all things are looking up. 

First order of business though- pay down debt! (um, after Christmas that is.)

Any financial management strategies you could share that work for you?


Jane said...

Great picture! Who is your photographer? I was just thinking about doing a family Christmas picture sometime.

Wish I could give you some advice in the financial department, but I am very flawed in that area. I've been thinking about it though, winter always seems the most bleak for weather and finances, so I am also open to suggestions - except from Jody (hee hee).

Katie said...

Lovely picture!
I'm so happy he landed the college job- he'll be perfect!

Megan said...

I hesitate to pass on the photographer's name based on the fact, she may become too busy for impromptu, patience taxing sessions with us!

Yes Katie, I think he will be a wonderful teacher, he's had lots of practice through church and work life.