T QUIT YOUR JOB-UNLESS YOU DONT LIKE IT!! - Posted by Rob FL
Posted by Rob FL on December 10, 1998 at 20:51:18:
I think most people don’t realize how expensive your job really is. I read a book called “Your Money or Your Life” by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin and it reallly opened my eyes.
Jobs are expensive. Most working couples have two cars, with 2 payments and 2 insurance bills (not to mention gas, tolls, repairs, oil changes, etc.). They eat out on their lunch break 3-5 times a week. They spend money on business clothes and dry-cleaning (not to mention extra makeup/perfume for the ladies). Oh, and if there are kids what about the astronomical day care costs. Then on top of that working people usually pay a much higher percentage in FICA and income taxes than self-employed people do.
I am very conservative and usually brown bag it every day and carpool. I still find that my job related expenses are 15% or so of my check. I bet most non-professional wives with children end up working 40 hours a week to net $200-300 after expenses are paid (expenses they would not have if they did not work).
And of course without a job more time for REI. Wife and I have been planning my job departure for a while and it is getting closer and closer. (Wife lucked up somehow and got to quit working in 1997. I am still trying to figure out how I got stuck working and she gets everyday off)
If you love your job that’s great. I for one know that my family and my charities deserve better. They are why I want to be out of a job ASAP.
Best wishes to everyone.