I have great respect for working moms. A working mom must be able to “juggle” her responsibilities at work and home. I taught school before having children. After teaching a full day of school, I continued working on lesson plans and grading papers throughout the evening. I took great pride in teaching. Currently, I have many tasks to do as a stay home mom.
I feel privileged to be a stay at home mom. There are many moms that are not able to stay home with their children. It took me a few years to be a proud stay at home mom. At times, when introducing myself as a stay home mom, it is perceived to be a negative. It feels as if they think you do not have any marketable skills; therefore, you are a stay at home mom.
As a stay at home mom, I am constantly doing household chores, running errands and taking care of my family. I spend a great deal of my time checking homework, attending school functions and getting ready for after school activities, such as sporting events. After staying at home for a while, I started finding more time for collecting and organizing coupons, selling on Ebay and browsing the internet for online deals. It was the savings and online deals that brought me to starting this blog. I always found myself sharing my newly found websites or deals with my friends. Now I can share these with moms everywhere through the use of BlogWithMom.com.
A while back, I found the Grocery Game website and signed up for the first free month. It required me to buy the Sunday paper and clip all the coupons. After the first few weeks, I saved so much at the grocery, that I was hooked. A year later, I still found myself clipping coupons and subscribing to the Sunday paper.
Ebay comes in handy when you need to clean out your closets. It is a great place to get rid of your unwanted items and make some extra money at the same time. I have sold tons of my children’s clothing and other household items that are smaller in size and weight. You can save time with shipping hassles by using the free Priority USPS boxes and arranging for home pickup of your priority mail. Selling/buying off Ebay can be highly addictive, watch out! Check out “Clean Out Your Closets And Make Extra Spending Money” to hear more about selling on Ebay.
I love shopping for my kids on Amazon.com. My oldest loves to read series books. It is cheaper to purchase these books here a few at a time, since most items from Amazon qualify for free shipping after you spend $25. Try Amazon out for your favorite book purchases. When compared to the local bookstores, I always save with Amazon. I also like to purchase Amazon Gift Cards since you can buy just about anything there. Check out “Shopping On Amazon.com” for more details on Amazon.
My most recent online find is the business cards from Vista Print. These cards are so fun to design and cost under $6.00 for 250 of them. I bought a set for my blog and a set for my kids. They are handy to keep in your purse and drop in the “fish bowl” free drawings at restaurants. They are also great for quickly handing out your contact information while networking with other moms. You can read more on Vista Print ideas from “How Mom’s Can Win Free Lunches & Network With Friends.”
These are just a few of my favorite online hangouts. Visit my blog often to check out mentions of my other online hot spots. My goal is to share ideas, deals and tips to moms everywhere in order to make their days a little easier.