With the recession, Hubby really did not work much for a good chunk of the last couple of years in Alberta, so we got used to not relying on his income – it was decidedly unreliable. When we moved to Saskatchewan, we decided that hubby’s job would be renovating the house, fixing up the landscaping, and managing the garden and animals – if we can turn a bit of a profit when we sell, we will call that his wage…lump sum, rather than monthly. In the meantime, I can claim him as a dependent for taxes, which should actually make quite a difference for us. In the meantime, while we are waiting for gardening weather, as well as actual possession on the acreage, Hubby has been a House Husband.
I love it.
I get up in the morning, and the coffee is ready. The cats have been fed, and the dogs let out for a pee. He even starts the car for me.
In the evening, I come home from work, and the floors have been vacuumed, or the kitchen mopped, or more moving boxes unpacked. Laundry is clean and folded. The dishes are done. Supper is on the table, or nearly so. And, I must say, Hubby is a good cook, and getting even better.
The dogs love having someone home all the time. Hubby is happy, working for us, rather than someone else. He’s enjoying the ‘vacation’ from hard physical labor, day in and day out.
When we were both working, we split the chores, and were both tired and grumpy and doing half-assed jobs of things. We ate out more than we should have. We felt like there was never any reprieve, that there were always dirty dishes in the sink. Since moving, I’ve eaten a hot, home-cooked-from-scratch meal every night. Boiled eggs or yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast, and packaged leftovers for lunch. With no chores to do except hauling my sorry butt into town and putting in my 8 hours, I am less stressed, which makes all of us more happy.
Financially, we’re pretty sure we can make this work. Granted, things will probably be tight at times, but we’ll be spending less money at restaurants, and, eventually, growing some or most of our food. Less on shopping and entertainment, too, since we really don’t go into town. I make a decent living, and we’ve lived without Hubby’s income on and off for months at a stretch. We’ve always both been pretty frugal, and we don’t have car payments or anything like that. The mortgage is about the same as rent in Alberta was, even with insurance included, so it’ll be manageable. We’ve always set aside a portion of our income into savings, and we can pull from that a little, if we have to. It will be better once we clear off the last of the student loans, but it’s do-able now, we hope.
We’ll see how much housework really gets done once Hubby is also managing renos and chickens and a garden, but really, this has been heavenly. I don’t understand why more people don’t live like this. House Husbands – everyone should have one!
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