Someone asked me recently how we have managed to live off of 1 income for so long.
(And 1 pretty modest income. You can look up what youth pastors make....people aren't in it for the money. :) )
(well, mostly 1 income since I have worked part-time for most of that....although, on average only 5-10 hrs/wk)
But anyways. There's obviously multiple factors that go into my answer.
But one of them is that we have found ways to do things ourselves.
Case in point: Haircuts
I have been cutting Adam's hair since we got married.
We registered for a haircutting kit and lo and behold, someone gave it to us!
Well, let's do some basic math.
Let's go off the very base rate of Adam getting a cheap-o haircut for $10
(we'll even say that includes the tip to keep our math super simple)
Let's say he likes to get his hair cut once a month.
Let's say we've been married for 13.5 years.
$10/month x 12 months = $120/year
$120/yr x 13.5yrs = $1,620 saved over the course of our marriage
Throw in 3 boys.
The math is getting more complicated....but you get the idea.
Even if you figure we can get all 4 of the guys in the house a haircut for $10/each and if we can manage to stretch that haircut out to 6 weeks (which we usually don't).....we're still looking at a yearly savings of just under $350.
Maybe $350/year isn't much to you.....but its pretty significant for us.
And totally worth it for me to keep cutting their hair.....as long as they'll let me.
|Happy, but scraggly. (minus Adam)|
|Clean cut and handsome.|
Now if only I could trust them to cut my hair the 2 times a year I get it cut. :)