Yes I do get an allowance, around 1k which includes paying for all the bills except for power bill which is deducted from hubby's giro account. I also have to pay off an education loan, so what is left for me, I have to budget very well. Honestly by the end of the month there isn't much to save.
We will got to Giant about 1-2times a month, where hubby will pay for whatever I throw into the cart. Occasionally I go to the market, where whatever I buy will be from my allowance.
My hubby gives me the freedom of whether to cook or not. If I cook of course he will be very happy to eat, but it's not a must. However, I do try to cook my baby's meals everyday.
Since I am a housewife, of course I will be looking after my baby on my own. Once a week my parents will babysit for me, so that I can run errands or go out and relax. I do most of the chores, sometimes hubby will try to wash the dishes for me after I cook, or hang up the laundry.
We have a domestic cleaner once a week to thoroughly clean up the house. But throughout the week I do sweep/mop the floor whenever I think it's too dirty.
Other things like make-up, clothes, etc, I will try to budget and buy only what I need. Occasionally my hubby will buy some things for me.
I think whether you want to quit your job and be a housewife, is your personal decision as both also got pros & cons.
I am a fresh graduate and I do enjoy being at home with my baby girl. However, when I think about the future, when my girl is older, what will I do? I also dont't intend to be a housewife the rest of my life, whether we can afford it or not. I do feel that I should find a job, and work. I also intend to further my studies when our child(ren) are older.
I personally feel that it depends on the situation of the family. Things like, are you intending to have another child in the near future? Can the family survive on 1 person's salary? How secure is your husband's job? Are you prepared to be a housewife long-term? Do note that the longer you are unemployed, the harder it is for you to be re-employed when you decide to join the workforce again.
I think quite obviously, you have to be prepared for lesser money to spend. means, you have to be prepared to cut down on eating out, shopping, etc.