(Closed) Home predicament- should we just rent a ROOM?!

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not sure why getting a job is pointless. You have 7 or so months to work and help out your financial situation, even if it is just temporary. I guess I just don’t understand why you would quit your job this early, so my advice is to start working again! 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Then I we decided to start a family, so I quit my job to help prepare us for living off one income.

am i the only one that spat her coffee out at this – why didnt you bank/save your salary in anticipation of living on one income???

sorry i dont have any advise as ive not been in your situation – i cant imagine having a newborn and living in one room, as a landlord that would drive me crazy so can you find someone place that would rent you a room with a newborn??

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

so wait, you want to rent a room when he baby comes or is this just before to save on money?

As long as its  temporary it’s not the end of the world and will save good money potentially depending on how much it costs 🙂

Post # 8
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936 posts
Busy bee

@eloping – I thought the same exact thing!  I would be working as much as possible and hoarding money for when the time came that I had to take maternity leave and live off one income, we could have a bit of a nest egg saved up for closing costs/etc.

@OP – if you are healthy and not experiencing any difficulties with your pregnancy, I would definitely try to go back to work.  It is illegal to discriminate against a pregnant woman in a hiring/employment situation (e.g., not give someone the job solely because they are pregnant). Edit – just read your follow-up post.  You are in a tough situation.  🙁

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@miss-spunkin:

okay, well I don’t see a problem with that at all. Budgeting and making adjustments, sacrifices is def the norm in being a Stay-At-Home Mom !

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@eloping: i spit out water … but you are not alone

@OttawaBride2011: yeah my niece is 4 mos preg and just got laid off … she found another job .. she’s showing too…

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes, definitely get a job or nanny full-time…every bit helps. Maybe you can also offer childcare in your home when you feel that your baby gets to the stage that you can handle a similar-aged baby.  

Keep looking around for the right rental.  There are often good rental deals if you have the time to find the right one. I pride myself on finding cheap rent. Sometimes the apartments overtop of stores are cheap….you can go in the store and inquire: sometimes they can hook you up with the landlord’s number. I say: go on a rental hunt!

And I don’t think you should feel bad about having a baby in a smaller apartment.  Seriously, the baby will not remember.  Take your baby out of the house to the amenities in the community….lots of places have free places to take your children where they can play, learn and meet other babies their age–and you can connect with other Moms.  There is no sense living beyond your means and getting into more debt. 

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

can you live with your parents rent free/save money?  i know you said it was too small but if you are looking at a one room situation do they have a spare bedroom

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Even minimum wage is better than nothing. 

 

And for others who may be thinking of ‘practicing living off of one income’, that’s a great idea.  But instead of quitting your job, you can just put that 2nd income all into a savings account. 

Post # 14
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5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

@cvbee: i had one of my moms to be live on half her salary for six months so while she was on unpaid maternity leave (aussies now have paid leave) we paid her the other half so she had something coming in each week

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It seems you need to work.  I really like the idea of you offering childcare in your home.  Working another job is doable too until you are close to delivery.  I don’t think you should rent a room for now.  Having to pay to keep moving, security deposits etc. can waste money.  Rent an inexpensive apartment while you work and the two of you prepare for the baby to come.  That way if anything goes unexpectedly during your pregnancy, you are already settled in, and you already have a space to prepare for baby to come home to.  Baby doesn’t need space for a long while so a small apartment will be fine.  

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