Every day. Day after day. It’s the same old thing. I wake up, trudge through the clutter, wash mounds of laundry, drink some coffee, make breakfast, wash the dishes, sweep the floor, wash more laundry, yadda, yadda, yadda, and it never ends. As soon as I get the downstairs clean, the upstairs is messy. As soon as I clean upstairs, I go back downstairs, and the downstairs is messy. I can never get done with the housework and I feel like I’m in purgatory. Sometimes, I feel like I’m on an old episode of the Twilight Zone. “When is it going to end? Huh? Where’s my housekeeper?” I wonder.
It’s not fair. Carol Brady had a housekeeper. She had Alice to do the cooking, the cleaning and the laundry.
Andy Griffith had Aunt Bea,
The Jeffersons had Florence.
A hundred years ago, everyone had a housekeeper
You want to know what happened? A bunch of feminists got together one day and decided that women should be equal to men. And that’s just not right. You see, women are far superior to men and shouldn’t have to be force to slave away with their noses to the grindstone.
But the men just said, “Okay. Fine then. If you get to take our jobs away, then we’re taking away your housekeepers!” And the women said, “Fine!”
Now women have to do EVERYTHING!
The modern mother has to go to work, tend the children, clean the house, wash the dishes, fold the laundry, mop the floor, scrub the bathrooms. And let me tell you, maids these days don’t clean up clutter or wash the windows. So the modern woman is stuck with a constantly filthy house.
Sometimes, I hear women talking and I’ve heard people say the following thing on several occasions “And so who cares if the house is a mess, I mean, are the kids going to really remember if the house is messy or not?”
My answer: Yes they do. They remember. And not only do they remember the mess, but the friends and relatives remember the mess. They may not say it to your face, but let me tell you, they’re talking.
Why doesn’t anyone care about ironing the clothes and lining up the folded laundry and putting it neatly away into the drawers? Why doesn’t anyone care about keeping the house in order so they can find things? Because everyone is at work all day and there’s no time to clean. There isn’t anyone home to teach the kids how to tidy up after themselves and tend the house, so we are raising, yet another, generation of slobs.
There isn’t anything we can do about it. It costs so much money to live these days. A family just can’t survive on one income. This is what people are led to believe. And who has spread all these rumors? The corporate big wigs who own everything. They spend countless hours every single day of their lives plotting and scheming up ways to convince us that we need the biggest houses, the most expensive cars and appliances, the best gadgets and electronic devices.
Oh yes. They’re plotting and scheming up ways to take our money away every second of the day.
I’m not lying. My husband’s uncle went to Harvard and he told me that it’s true.
These corporate big wigs are destroying the fabric our culture. They’re charging us top dollar for shiny sparkling things that will only break next year. We have no choice but to keep buying things over and over again because nobody has time to fix anything because we bought everything on credit card and we’re still paying for stuff we bought 6 years ago that we don’t even have anymore.
And it’s all because the women aren’t home, plotting and scheming up ways to keep the money in the family.
About 13 years ago, I read an article in a book called “The Tightwad Gazette.” The article was called, “Calculating the Cost of a Second income.” When the wife has to go to work there are so many extra expenses that are unavoidable. There is just no time for saving money and frugality. In fact, you might be surprised that your family spends more money with the second person working.
Here is a list of things that can be cut out of the budget if the wife stays at home to be frugal:
Gasoline for commuting: $4,000 per year
Convenience food/dining out : $4,000
Fancy clothes: $2,000
Child care: $12,000
Second car: $6,000 year (car payment)
insurance for the second car($1,200)
maintenance for the second car($300)
credit card payments ($2,000)
This comes to about $30,000 per year. So, figure out how much you make at your job after taxes, then subtract all those things that you must buy because you go to work. And what is left over is how much money you really make.
Let’s say you go to work and make $40,000 per year after taxes. You spend $30,000 on costs associated with your job. This means that you are really getting paid about $10,000 per year. Is it really worth it?
Because if it’s not, there are loads of things that you can avoid spending money on if only you didn’t have that job that’s taking up all your time.
Donations for fundraisers, those quirky candle or crafting parties, expensive hobbies and crafting supplies from spending too much time reading pinterest, and not to mention buying little trinkets for yourself because you deserve it for working so hard, latte’s from Starbucks on your way to work, Gatorade or super slushy on the way back from work.
When there’s one income, you can cut out the private school–my next door neighbors both went to private school and let me tell you, they make their living playing poker–don’t think private school was good for them.
With one income, you’ll have time to make inexpensive meals from scratch. There’s time for fresh baked bread and homemade cookies. You can find clothes from garage sales and have plenty of time to mend clothes instead of buying new ones.
Instead of spending $300 per month on the kids activities, you can teach the kids valuable things like ironing, sewing, gardening, drawing, dancing or learning to play an instrument. You can play soccer with them yourself in the park for free. They do this in the park in Mexico, and Mexican’s are the best at soccer. (My little boy’s Mexican friend told me this, so it has to be true).
Throughout the history of time, people have used inexpensive resources to make the best for their family. This is how cultures become rich and beautiful.
Our culture-modern society-is just about who can buy stuff. So when you go to work, just think about this. Whose life are you improving? Yours or the rich guys who you’re giving all your money to? Is it really worth it? Do you really like your job that much?
Personally, I’d rather eat beans every day for the rest of my life than have to commute to some miserable job and have some idiot tell me what to do. But hey, I’m a free spirit. I like to do my own thing. I don’t have a job. My house is clean. Is yours?