March 18, 2015 by Ellen V
When we tried to figure out if it was financially possible for me to accept my current job as a part time teacher, we had to do some pretty simple math: take home pay – daycare fees – commuting expenses. If we came out in the black, I would accept the position. I was ready to go back to work, and we’re at a time in our life when every dollar counts.
There are tons of articles and blog posts out there discussing the true cost of working, and whether or not it’s worth it. I think in the emotional and mental sense, this differs according to families and their needs. In the financial sense, things are a bit more straight forward.
But one thing I’ve noticed on my days home for snow, sick babies, or holidays, is that there are hidden costs to staying at home all day. We save on electricity, food costs (we all pack lunches every single day, and nobody is around to snack all day… guilty.), and paper products like toilet paper and paper towels. Also, because we all interact outside of the house, no one is desperate for outings for ice cream or trips to the store in the evenings. We eat more simply (there’s no time to cook elaborate meals!) and enjoy our family time more. Our weekend trips and splurges are more thought out. These things aren’t financial biggies (they certainly don’t compare to daycare!), so they certainly aren’t reasons to go to work on their own, but when I add up the few dollars here or there that we’re saving every month by having all of us out of the house, well, every dollar counts!