A year ago, I made a tough decision to leave my full-time job so that I could spend more time with Titus who entered Primary 1 this year. For a long while, it was unsettling thinking about the loss of a stable income and I had to consider how to shrink the family’s expenditure: doing without a domestic helper, less extravagant holiday plans and eating out at hawker centres or food courts when we have to dine out. I find myself lingering longer at the shelves in the supermarkets, making careful calculations and comparing prices. I soon develop a nose for sniffing out plum bargains and freebies. Some people even commented that I have acquired a higher level of ‘auntie-ness’.