One of the hardest parts about being a stay at home parent is that it often means becoming a single income family. Even when there is the intent for the at home parent to earn money through a work at home job or a home business, there may be some time with just one income as finding the right way to earn money from home takes time.

How do you keep that budget under control?

I came across a book that could be very helpful. It’s called Miserly Moms: Living Well on Less in a Tough Economy.

As with just about any book on saving money, some of it will be common sense to you. Anyone can tell you to adjust the thermostat, shop sales and cut back on the grocery bills. That’s the easy stuff we all should know.

But there are also tips on saving on medical expenses, making cleaning supplies, freezer meals, cutting the money wasters in your life, understanding marketing tricks, teaching the kids to save and more. It’s a lot of great information for families that need to be a bit more frugal.

We’re already pretty frugal here, but I look forward to seeing if we can do better. Even with my business I’d like to be able to save more money. It’s a great lesson for the kids and a sensible financial decision.