WHOA- I’m doing a post that doesn’t start with a ‘W’ (Winesday Wednesday, Weekend Update, Wes’s monthly updates..) I just felt like blabbing a bit here while we are hanging out on the floor watching all the Pope action on TV. So here goes!
1) Let’s talk about mat leave. Or rather, 52 weeks of less pay. I am NOT complaining in the slightest because HOLY CRAP a whole year of paid leave to stay home with my baby is pretty much the best thing ever. GO CANADA! But the cut in pay makes it a bit limiting, especially now that there is another human in the household. With that, I was thinking of potentially getting involved in an online business like Beachbody as a means of generating a little bit of extra $$
Only problem is, I absolutely cannot stand how my social media feeds are now bombarded with all the entrepreneurial (<–spelled that right on the first try!) posts. No offence to anyone! I don’t want to be a hypocrite and end up doing the same. I know, I know, it’s the best way to reach others. Only, I feel that I might do well with that type of business because I am already a very active, health-minded, and fit person. I would love to share that with others….but not annoy everyone else in the process. It’s a toughie. Please let me know your thoughts!!!!
2) I have been drinking Polar seltzer water LIKE IT’S MY JOB. (If only that were a real job which would easily help me out. See #1)
In the two weeks I’ve been home, I think I’ve consumed 8 cases. Cases. Then there’s the regular water. And the fizzy water I’ve bought while out. And the beer. Haha, the beer. (not as much as you’d think.) I do miss my sodastream at home since it’s more cost efficient, but I can’t hate that my parents have been keeping the fridge stocked with this stuff for me!
3) I am planning on a solo shopping trip for myself before leaving New York. I NEED CLOTHES. No, it’s legit you guys. First, I only brought 3 outfits + a dress with me for this trip. That’s three outfits to repeat for a month. WOOF. Plus, most of the clothes I do have don’t fit me anymore. I was out with Wes yesterday and saw so many cute things I could incorporate into my fall/winter stay-at-home-with-the-baby-but-not-look-like-a-hobo wardrobe.
I’m keeping the budget small, but I think I can do it! So long as I steer clear of the Oreo aisle in Target.
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Hey! Be careful when/if making extra income while on mat leave. There’s not much room (if any) to make extra income without being penalized if you are getting the max mat leave amount. Basically, anything extra you bring in will be deducted from your mat leave pay. So look into it before you do anything! 🙂 I’ve had lots of friends learn this the hard way.
Yay for shopping “sprees”! I too am in desperate need of one! I kind of want to hold off until we are in Florida in November, but the dollar is so shitty I’m not sure I’d be saving any money shopping down there 😦
Yeah, I’ve looked into that..seems a bit crappy with a lot of extra paperwork. Just wish there was a way I could get a little extra cash in my pocket!! Grr
You need to find something that pays under the table 😉
I was thinking of doing a Kijiji burg but then I realized that I have nothing…I moved to Canada with nothing and haven’t acquired much since haha
Agree with what Brie said – as it is, most people end up owing taxes after mat leave because they don’t take off enough.
But I also agree with the over posting of BB stuff online. I generally don’t like MLM type companies like that because it’s always so in your face. The extra income would be nice but I think I would follow kind of what Alison does, more subtle.
Yes, love her approach! And yeah, I guess it’s kit a great idea for me at the end of the day because if have to deal with Canadian and American taxes which is always a pain. Boo
I’m a little overwhelmed with the number of people on IG selling BeachBody/R+F, etc. What about starting a fitness class for moms? You used to teach group classes right? That could be something that could be done under the table (ie: have people pay cash). I know that I wish there was more of them around!
Yeah, I was thinking of something like that- actually in contact with someone who runs bootcamps in toronto to get some ideas going..
I get really annoyed with social feeds that are trying to sell something. MLM is the work of the devil. Many people that think they need to bring in more money are incorrect. What they really need to do is spend less. So much spending is consumer pressure driven. People “think” they “need” to buy stuff. Bah!
Let me know if you have any questions about BB! 🙂 I can get you signed right up – ha ha BUT it’s not the best for on Maternity Leave BUT you can make it work! You would be awesome at it!! Chat with me if you want. 🙂
Under the table is the way to go – 😉 I agree with Leigh – do a Mommy and Me class! I’ll come!!!
I might just have to wait until mat leave is up..don’t worry, i’ll be in touch!