If you ask me what I love most about working from home, I can go on and on about this subject until my voice gets hoarse. One of the things I like most is the amount of money that I save. Let me tell you about the five ways I’m saving money working from home because I bet you can relate.
Let’s Get Right To It, Shall We
Fuel – With the cost of fuel nowadays this is the best perk yet. I used to fill up my car’s tank at least twice a week. My commute was about 28 miles from my house to the office and I used my car to run errands for the company, so yeah the gas would go quick.
Food – I did the math one day and I used to spend at least $150 a week on take out food alone.
This included stops on my way to work, lunch, a snack, because we worked across the street from the best BBQ place that had the best homemade chocolate and sock-it-to-me cakes, and then of course, take out for dinner at home for a family of six.
When I put our receipts together for tax purposes, I realized we spent approximately $1100 in a year on McDonald’s alone! That’s a lot of money.
Wardrobe – I don’t have to buy business casual clothes and the matching accessories anymore.
You’d find me at the mall buying an outfit every week.
Come on ladies, you know we can’t wear the same thing twice!
And the shoes? They had to match the outfit of course, right ladies?
Today I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of gal and instead of shopping at the mall, I’m at Old Navy taking advantage of their sales on denim.
Beauty Maintenance – Not that I don’t take care of my face, skin, and hair but I look for places to get better value for my money now.
Before this, I would just go to the nearest salon and paid whatever because I didn’t have time to shop around.
Daycare – When the kids were too little to be latch-key, my mom would watch them for me.
Although she didn’t charge me and didn’t expect me to pay her, I would still give her something for her troubles. After all, she was watching four busy little ones and they were a handful.
By working from home I am now able to be there for my kids when they get ready for school, and when they come home at the end of the day.
And there you have it. Five easy ways I’m saving money. It may not seem like much on the surface but I have noticed some extra change in my pocket. Yes, I love working from home.