Recording my insourcing is my way of placing a value on what I do at home.
I used to work fulltime, which meant paying someone else to do all kinds of things. And when I say someone else, I mean the supermarket, the doggie wash lady, the car detailer, the florist, and so on.
Now that I have embraced being a full time wife and mother, I find that I can do all of that myself, but sometimes it means I don't feel that all I do, has financial reward. But it does of course.
By tallying up what I've done in the week gone by, I get a real sense of the valuable contribution I make, not just in my own home, but in the community at large.
This week, I made gorgeous bouquets in glazed pots for a friends wedding. For a similar idea at the florist, she had been quoted $65 each. She and I made them for under $15 each. A huge saving on ten pots of roses of $500!
I cooked and cleaned for my family which I know from previous experience, means I saved at least another $500 on a cleaner, pre-prepared meals, takeaway or eating out.
I bathed and groomed the dog saving $30.
I made a basic birthday cake saving even on that, a minimum of $20.
I babysat my grandaughters, saving my son and his wife hundreds on day care fees.
I made my own pasta, and even gifted some to a friend who had just moved into a new home, saving significantly on a houswarming gift.
So conservatively, my value in the home this week, was at least $1050 not including day care fees! To earn that, after tax, I'd have to be on a pretty hefty salary package!
The thing is, that this is not just a case of having more money 'in the bank' because it's not all about the money.
It's about having time with family, showing them what is important, so that they too, can imagine a life where they are not slave to 'a job'. That is probably the more valuable lesson.
If I can show my sons, daughter, and daughters-in-law that we have a wonderful quality of life, despite not being a dual income family, then perhaps they too, will see that it can be done.
How did you value your role in the home this week?