Author name: Melissa Batai

Melissa Batai is the founder of Mom's Plans. She is the mom to three children and the wife to a husband who is (hopefully!) finishing his dissertation and graduating with his Ph.D. this year. She also documents her family's attempts to spend less than $100 a month eating out at Dining Out Challenge.

Daily Money Saving Tip

I am on an unpaid leave of absence due to the birth of my daughter last spring. I was given a very generous leave of absence (14 months!). I am using this as a trial run to see if we can live without my salary so that I may stay home when my kids are little. As a result, I have to question every single purchase every day.

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