I get asked often when I am going to find a job and go back to work. I am a housewife. This is my career. I shouldn’t have to prove my worth, but I do; often.
When I started my job in the City I was making $11 an hour (that is barely above minimum wage in my area). Three years later I was up to $17.70 an hour. I made $2378.58 a month after taxes. I had the following work related expenses:
Car Insurance: $110/mo
Bridge tolls: $120/mo
Cellphone: $30 more a month than having a home phone
Oil for the car: $20/mo (I was burning/leaking)
Repairs for vehicle to make it able to drive to work $48.58+ (I needed to buy a new junker and rebuild an engine. The cost was higher but I will use this as an approximate for the sake of rounding)
This brings me down to $1800 a month earnings while working full time and commuting 2 hours a day.I did some poking around online and here are the wages for many of the jobs I perform at home:
Housekeeping: $20/hr x 30 days = $600/mo
Cook:$15.00/hr x 30 days = $450/mo
Lawn mowing $80/mo (price paid during season amortized over year)
Gardening/yard work: $15/hr x 4 weeks = $60/mo
Washing/Folding laundry: $10/load, $100/mo
Dog walker: $10/hr x 4 weeks = $50/mo (some walks are longer or shorter)
Pet sitter: $100/week (This would be to feed and care for my managerie of pets) x 4 weeks = $400/mo
Hairdresser: $20/mo for two people
Money to buy lunch at work: $100/week for two people (that is if I didn’t pack lunches)
So far I would be in the negative if I had to hire people to do my “job” at home so I could get a position outside of my house.
Now think about all the other ways a person could save money if they had time.
Making food from scratch (something as simple as buying dry beans is way cheaper than buying canned beans!)
Making homemade cleaners (my laundry soap costs less than two cents a load)
Not having to pay for daycare
Calling around for the best deal on a product or service/couponing (I once saved a whole days wages by buying toilet paper that was on sale in bulk)
Growing your own organic food
Bartering/trading for products/services
Selling crafts or homemade products
Selling the excess veggies from the garden
Saving seeds to plan the next year rather than buying seeds again
Taking scrap to the recycler for money rather than letting the city pick it up at curbside
Doing repairs on your property rather than hiring in a handyman
Making things instead of buying them (I am making reusable produce bags 8 for $1. To buy them it could be about $15)
Composting rather than buying compost soil
The list goes on and on!
The point is I am not sitting at home watching TV and eating bonbons and I am not a “kept woman”. I contribute to my household by saving money while taking care of my family. This doesn’t mean someone who chooses to work outside the home is more or less important. What matters is doing the best you can at the task at hand. Whether you are a designing a building or cleaning a toilet, put your heart into it and know you are not your job title but you are defined by your work ethic.