Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Making "Green" Dollars

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I decided to submit a post to Heavenly Homemaker's blog.  Many people have hobbies that they can make work for them with just a little initiative.

When I quit my job, I was a happy stay-at-home mom.  I tried to stay active by walking around the block and exercising at home.  When my oldest was about two years old, he was saying only a handful of words so my pediatrician suggested I put him in a Mother's day out program.  I decided instead to join a gym that had a nursery.  I also made a commitment to attend once a day five days a week.   I would stay for one hour and after a short time, I noticed that his speech had improved.  When I became a regular at the gym, I was asked to teach a couple of classes.  This became a win-win situation.  Our gym membership was lowered by $45.00, and I made about $150.00 every two weeks.  I have now worked there for a little over four years.  All of my children love it and consider it a second home.  I do not work there very often now, but I am thankful for the time we have had there.  I still go to exercise about 40 minutes and my little girl gets a preschool education for the cost of a gym membership.  My kids are truly loved and cared about there. 

My second son goes to a preschool that costs $200.00 a month.  I could lower this cost by substituting or even teaching there some time.  This is probably something I will look at when my daughter goes to school.  Look at the activities you would like your children participate in and see if you can lower the cost.   By increasing or developing your talents, you should be able to bring in money or lower the outflow in your household.  These are my "green" tips for St. Patrick's Day.

1 comment:

  1. This is great idea. I have the opp to do the same kind of thing at a Christian school. I might just take the teaching job just to get my children into a great school at a greatly reduced price!