Maternity leave may sound like it’s your time to relax before the new arrival, but for me, it’s been stressful since I left work. Although I enjoy spending time with my son everyday, my husband and I have also been struggling financially, which I realized is a lot more common than I thought. A lot of women don’t get paid to be on maternity leave, and my job is one of them. (I would never complain about this, because I work in a small business where I am really close to all the people I work with and they have all helped me out, especially my boss.)
I had originally planned to save as much money as possible before the new baby, so that when I went on maternity leave, we would have some money to fall back on. That quickly went down the drain when we bought our new home and needed to work on renovations. So, all of our tax return and all of our savings went into the new home. Now, we are working with my husbands salary, which is fine, but we are making it through with the bare minimum. It’s a stressful time, and even though I know that when I go back to work we will be fine, until then, what do you do?
I’ve been selling my handmade items on etsy. I have also been going through our boxes of unwanted items and have been selling them on facebook yard selling sites. So far, we have made the extra money that we need to get through. It hasn’t been a lot, but its been enough to get us through some tough times. Another thing that I suggest, if you are in the same boat as we are, do not be afraid to ask for help. I have always had a problem with this, because I never want to be a moocher, but sometimes you need to ask for help from those around you, even if you cant pay them back right away. We have had to go that route and we are hoping to not have to do that again.
Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on what to do before I go back to work?