Guest post from Alexa of Single Moms Income.
Times are tough, jobs are scarce, and pay is low – that is the reality of America’s economic standstill. Families are having a rough time paying their bills and keeping food on the table. As a single mother I have been faced with these same worries.
The one thing that I have learned through my journey as a single mother is that sacrifices are what hold everything together.
Before my husband and I divorced we lived in a very nice home in a wonderful area. Upon our split I felt that I should be entitled to keep the same standard of living. I frantically and desperately searched to buy a home that would offer me the same comfort. Luckily, the offers that I did put in on houses fell through.
I was so desperate to keep the standard of living that I had once had with two incomes that I was ready to spend every penny I now had on a down payment on a new home. This would have led to my financial devastation.
I was extremely disappointed that my offers fell through, so I took a break from house hunting. After I picked myself up off the ground something clicked in my head. It was more important for me to be financially stable than to live in a nice home – after all I have two beautiful kids who need me now more than ever.
With my new-found thinking, I decided to purchase a trailer and put it on an extra lot that my family owned. I spent $1500 on the trailer with plenty of money left to spend on moving and repairs for the trailer.
I had never envisioned myself being single with two kids and moving into a trailer… but what I now realize is that sacrifices are temporary and are made with a bigger picture in mind. This trailer is not my forever – it is simply a stepping stone for something greater. I now will have a place for my children to live while I work on saving more money and being fiscally responsible.
Of course, my living situation isn’t the only sacrifice I’m willing to make. Becoming a single mother is like starting a whole new life. There will be kinks to work out in my budgets and I am certain that I will have my fair share of struggles.
There are times when I feel sorry for myself, but I stop and think of other people who are in much worse situations than I am. There is a light at the end of every tunnel.
Alexa is a newly single mother to two beautiful girls. She chronicles her journey into single motherhood at Single Moms Income.