48-Hour Giveaway: Ditch the Joneses, Discover Your Family (5 Winners)

Ditch the Joneses is a book packed with ideas and encouragement for families who want to thrive on one income. If you’re a working mom who is considering staying at home and looking for suggestions on how to make that work, I believe this book will give you a great deal of inspiration and practical ideas for making that happen.

The author, Cathi Breese Doebler, makes a strong case for moms staying home in this book, which I generally agree with and wholeheartedly support. But I think that much of the author’s premise is based upon the assumption that most women who work are doing so to “keep up with the Joneses”. This is the case in many situations, however, I believe there are many women who sincerely have to work for one reason or another and they aren’t working to support a lavish lifestyle; they are working to put food on the table and a shelter over their heads.

That said, for all I know, the author was in no way having a critical spirit toward working moms, I just felt it could be interpreted like that, so it bothered me. But despite the statements which bothered me, there were many suggestions and resources mentioned in Ditch the Joneses which would be very helpful to any family out there who is currently trying to get one parent home part-time or full-time or hoping they can continue to stay home in a tight economy.

To enter to win a copy of Ditch the Joneses, click on the graphic below and type in your name and email address. Five winners will be chosen and posted on Monday. This giveaway ends Sunday, March 6, at 11:50 p.m. CST.

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  1. Nicole says

    I realize we’re still in the minority, but I would like to see a little more attn given to stay at home dads. My husband has stayed home with our kids since we had our first child almost 8 years ago. From a personality stand point, he’s better suited for the job than I am – more patient and more fun. And from a monetary standpoint, my career pays a lot more than his.

    • Stacey says

      We are in the same boat, my husband stays home and I work. I also would like to see more attn paid to these dads. :-)

  2. says

    This sounds similar to another book read:
    How to Raise a Family on Less Than Two Incomes: The Complete Guide to Managing Your Money Better So You Can Spend More Time with Your Kids by Denise Topolnicki.

    The book was published back in 2001 and some of the tips on taxes may be out-0f-date (so tough keeping up with changing laws), but it is still full of practical advice and there was no judgement towards full-time working Moms that I remember.

    Some reviewers at Amazon felt the suggestions in the book would only work for high earning couples and not working class couples. But anytime someone suggests going against convention there is always someone saying it won’t work for them.

  3. says

    Crystal, thank you for bringing to the front that some moms have to work whether we want to or not. Right now I work part time and it has been difficult to deal with not being a full time stay at home mom. But I can also see how God has used it for good in my life as well. And to be honest, sometimes it’s nice to get a break. I don’t get much time “out” so work is my outlet for now.

    And for mom’s who work full time out of sheer desire, I can’t fault them. Only they know what is best for their families. I’m pretty sure that’s what most mom’s want :)

  4. Sue says

    Thank you for your input. Most people do believe that we working moms are working for that extra fancy house and those lavish vacations. I would love to stay home with my kids. Every day when I have to walk out that door on my way to work it is a heart wrenching ordeal.
    Thank you for understanding.
    sue in NJ

  5. Emily says

    Don’t forget those of us moms who work not because we want to keep up with the Joneses or because we have to, but because we love our careers and want to work in addition to having a family.

    • Anna says

      Emily, I completely agree with you. I am grateful that as women today, many of us have the choice to work or to stay home. My career is important, and I believe that my experiences outside the home make me appreciate my time inside the home. I always say, “Yes, God gave me gifts to give my children, but he also gave me gifts to give the world.”

    • Erica says

      I was thinking the exact same thing. I love my job and I do not want to give it up, but that does not mean I love my kids any less than any stay-at-home mom does.

  6. Irene R. says

    It is hard being a stay at home mom, especially when times are tough and the hubby sometimes doubts the decision. Money always = stress. It is good to know that I, as a stay at home mom am at least trying to help keep the stress down by saving money!

  7. Ann says

    I think that this would be a definite interesting read. I work part-time and now have my own company, but I really enjoy working and being a mom. To make ends meet we both need to work and couldn’t do it any other way. I don’t think that even when I worked full-time that I was trying to keep up with the Joneses. Ironically when I worked full-time I only had onen child and things were a little easier, but now I have three and we do what we need to to support three. We went from 1 child to 3 in an instant, because we had twins and I wouldn’t trade it. Working is works for me and I love what I do- being a mom and getting to work.

  8. Ann says

    I think that this would be a definite interesting read. I work part-time and now have my own company, but I really enjoy working and being a mom. To make ends meet we both need to work and couldn’t do it any other way. I don’t think that even when I worked full-time that I was trying to keep up with the Joneses. Ironically when I worked full-time I only had one child and things were a little easier, but now I have three and we do what we need to to support three. We went from 1 child to 3 in an instant, because we had twins and I wouldn’t trade it. Working is what works for me and I love what I do- being a mom and getting to work.

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  9. Dena says

    We are a one income family.This would be beneficial to us.We are always struggling to make ends meet.Love your site…….Dena