The Economics of Homemaking

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Often times, homemakers are faced with the question “What do you do all day?” There is no doubt in my mind that such questions are fueled by the stereotypical portrayal of a homemaker sitting on a couch watching television while eating bon bons. That, my friend, is called being a coach potato and has absolutely nothing to do with homemaking.
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Grocery Shop to Save Money

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With the rising cost of food, many families are looking for more ways to save money. Saving money on groceries involves more than the traditional method of clipping coupons from the Sunday paper. . It involves a multifaceted approach. With a little planning and effort, you can save a substantial amount of money. Below I share my strategies that save me an average of $200 a month for my family of two (three including my dog Bella).
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Being a Stay-At-Home Homemaker

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For many years, I felt bad about myself for being “just” a stay-at-home wife. In the hierarchy of homemaking, I am at the bottom of the list. There is no doubt that the feminist movement created a lot of opportunities for women, however, it had the unfortunate side effect of devaluing homemaking. In essence, homemaking lost its merit as a profession. Years ago in the 1950’s, society’s expectations defined a woman’s place as being in the home. Now, women are expected to work outside the home in addition to meeting the demands of being a wife and/or mother and housekeeper. Essentially, they are burning the candle at both ends. Women who choose to stay at home are often criticized by those who work outside the home. While there are obviously some women who seem to “do it all”, I can’t help but wonder if this is creating an unrealistic standard for other women.
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