Maybe as a side thread you could start a thread about how to live off less money.
I know @cheeeeesecake has some great tips for living off a low income.
I would start by thinking of downsizing your home or moving to another area (though it sounds like downsizing would be easier if you need to be near the x-DW.) meal planning, downgrading things like phone plans, Foxtel, Internet, trade down with your car. Meal planning can help save on food waste. There's a blog called frugal mum I think it is. It's American but she has great tips and menus for low cost food.
To be honest... I couldn't do it. And I wouldn't expect my fictional hubby to either. If he wanted to I would support it, but if he was sad about leaving he could find a job stacking shelves at woolies and we make the necessary sacrifices.
I'm not judging what you choose to do though if you decide to take it. Just saying I couldn't.
I would take the job opportunity. If it's not going to come up again in the near future and your husband 100% supported you I'd give it a go.
I currently am employed in work where I am away from my family 3 weeks a month. My husband works and takes the main primary parent while I am away. My career requires the travel and while I miss my children like crazy when I am away I know it's not only right for our future but for me.
I've worked bloody hard to get to where I am and I will take what ever opportunity I can get. I am still involved in our family life even when away, I organise most of the behind the scenes finances and sorts, my children teachers email me fortnightly, we face time, we email, we make it work.
I'm a mother and a career person. My children don't suffer and they know mummy works hard. It's a team effort.
Thanks everyone. You've made me think more...
I'm going to tell DF to come up with an actual idea of what he wants to do in Australia and then we come up with an exit plan for him to come back home in the next 1-2 years and in the mean time save like crazy and maybe he can even start doing some training online. I might try to also increase to 4 days a week at my job here leading up to him quitting his.
The job for me wasn't really a step up in my career, I'd actual done a very similar job before (that's why they offered me this one) - it just pays well because it's in a dangerous sh$te hole
On a side note, does anyone know if you have to pay child support when you have no income because you've quit your job?
Last edited by babyno1onboard; 21-10-2016 at 21:39.
Bump - does anyone know if you still have to pay child support at the same rate if you quit your job to retrain? Ta!
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