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    Economics of Home

    August 13, 2007 by Brandy Vencel

    This weekend, a dear friend of mine brought over a dress to show me. She had made it for her baby girl, and it was one of the most beautiful baby dresses I’ve seen in a long time. I asked her how much she thought it cost her to make, and she estimated between four and five dollars. This is a great price for a dress, especially a high-quality dress. I have paid slightly more than this for a high-quality second-hand dress for one of the girls.

    And let me assure you that this dress, if being sold commercially, would most likely retail between twenty and thirty dollars.

    Being a woman at home carries with it an economy that is upside-down compared to the business world. In the business world, time is money. In other words, time that is spent without making a sale of some product or service is wasted, or even puts a person into debt, while time that maximizes sales is spent wisely.

    But when a woman is at home, there is usually a lot more time than money. Some women do start at-home businesses, and then their time actually turns into money in a way that is similar to the business world. However, I have found that there are so many legal restrictions out there that sometimes it is almost impossible for a woman at home to turn time into money, especially if her time is spent in a kitchen that isn’t certified by the government.

    However, producing our own goods, whether they be a beautiful dress for a special occasion or a loaf of zucchini bread using zucchini fresh from the garden, saves the family money. In other words, instead of

    Time = Money

    we have

    Time + Effort + {Ingenuity * Creativity} = Money Saved

    Money might make the modern world go around, but effort and time spent wisely can make a family less dependent on money in the first place.

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