Dad spends more
Okay, I will admit it, Mrs. Stew is more frugal than I.
She is poor at paying bills on time and keeping track of the amount of money available in our account. I take care of that stuff because, well, numbers do not really mean anything to her. But she definitely spends less than me. Mrs. Stew leaves on a trip tomorrow and I will be home with our three young ‘uns for four days. I think that this scenario provides the most apt demonstration of my point.
When Mrs. Stew is home, I expect her to use coupons and grocery shop in order to make frugal, healthy meals for our family. I frown if she takes the kids to a restaurant or buys herself a Starbucks. If she spends money to entertain the kids by taking them swimming or by driving several miles to see a friend, I ask how much it cost or how much gasoline she used. I expect her to care for and entertain our children in the cheapest way possible.
I must say that I am not as consistent when the shoe is on the other foot. I will have the children, ages 7, 6 and 3 for four days. Four days, people! Do you think we are just going to sit around the house while I cook and vacuum? I say not. We will probably take in a movie or two . . . buy anything I want from the grocery store . . . maybe go out to eat a couple of times . . .
Okay, I am really going to try to keep spending low, but I sure am tempted to do all kinds of fun, exciting, but expensive things. The kids would want mommy to leave every weekend. No, I am going to try to prepare food on my own and we will probably go to the public library. Maybe one movie at the discount $1 theater would be appropriate.
One thing is certain, if I were a stay-at-home dad, we would have a lot more trouble staying within our budget than my wife does.
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