And with that drive I was able to explain to them that our decision to spend half of what a bank would have lent us for a mortgage, combined with a heft down payment, resulted in a monthly mortgage payment that is less than the rent in some fancy new apartments in our area. The upside of choosing the frugal path is a Mama with freedom to work less than 40 hours a week. Since I run my own legal practice I can decide when I go into the office, and when I leave. This week our frugal ways and self-employed has allowed me to both drop-off and pick-up the children from school while their father is out of the country on business. Would they want to trade time with Mama in for a bigger house? No was the answer from the back seat. I arrive at school between 3 and 3:30 every day, not the typical 5pm for most parents. We have a few extra hours for art, stories, snacks, and apparently drives around town. As teenagers their tune may change, but for now I am enjoying the work freedom that comes with our intentional frugal ways.
The wee ones I maximize time for, thus skipping over things like pedicures.