Women becoming heads of households

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- When Patricia McGregor’s marriage ended, it was a tough transition.

She became a single mother with two children and started running the household herself.

"When you're married, you're doing it together. When you're divorced, it’s you,” McGregor said.

“You deal with all the bills at the house, the payment, the food,” she added.

McGregor is not alone.

Amy Conley, chief operating officer at Hutchinson Family Office, says as the social climate changes, she is seeing more women become financially independent.

"Unfortunately, I don’t see a change in the divorce rate, so we see a lot of women that are through necessity or desire are going to be on their own and making their own decisions about finances,” Conley said.

For McGregor, her goal is to buy a home large enough for her two teenage children and grandson, but she needed help to start.

"People think budgeting is easy, it's really not,” she said.

She turned to Goodwill Industries, taking its financial management class called Money Smart.

The class taught her how to account for special occasions and unexpected expenses.

McGregor hopes other women will follow her example and not doubt themselves just because they don’t have a spouse.

"And that's how I felt, but I've accomplished so much by myself, so many things, and you feel a lot better when you realize wow, I did this."

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