“I don’t know how you do it” is a common reply I hear when someone finds out that I’m raising a family of six on a single income in Seattle, one of the least affordable cities in America (it’s the 8th worst).
Most of the time that’s where the conversation ends. I go my way and whomever I was talking to goes theirs. But every now and then someone will come back later and ask “seriously, how do you do it?”
I have a hunch most people are secretly hoping that I’ll let them in on some little known life hack that only I know about. I wish I had that information to share, but all I have to offer is what has worked for us as we’ve built a situation that allows us to not only get by, but thrive financially.
There’s no secret. Just some common sense, hard work, and if I’m honest – a little bit of luck too.