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Author: zsimpson Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 974  
Subject: Re: Money issues Date: 7/12/2001 4:16 AM
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But, if you just stay at home to, watch 'soap operas' and 'the view' and all the other daytime TV shows.... YOur a liability to your partner.!!! Did you get married to leach on your spouse? Or are you a partner? ...ll

I will ignore the obnoxious tone ot the post for a minute and simply answer the questions.
1. I do not allow tv during the day. The tv does not go on until my husband comes home.
2. As far as the liability part, to properly figure out the income one makes, we must also take into account the costs. Some of the costs are: day care, gas for commuting (with an hour commute, it adds up quick), wear and tear on the vehicle (tires, belts, oil, etc.), higher insurance rates because of so much more driving, business suits for me (at home I wear jeans or shorts and don't care if they aren't looking great), dry cleaning for the business suits, make-up (I wear very little at home), lunches for me at work, higher doctor bills because the children are in day care and consequently get sick more often, the missed work because the children are sick, lunches for the children at day care, "to go" food because nobody has time to cook, prepared food from the supermarket because there is no time to cook from scratch, higher cost of food overall simply because I am unable to shop around for it, higher water bills because of more laundry (I am now changing twice a day instead of being in jeans all day), lunches for me everyday, higher cost of clothes for the children because I do not have time to sew, and more clothing for the children because they are not watched as carefully at day care and tend to ruin their clothes faster.
Add onto all that the amount of "lost" money I am able to recoup because I have the time to fight for our money. An example: we had some work done by a contractor. He made a mistake. It wasn't vey big, but I was able to recoup the cost of the handles on the cabinets, 40 @ $5.50ea., and that can add up quickly.
Also count in the lower level of stress on both partners. My husband has told me numerous times that he is estatic I am home with the children and that he does not have to worry about them.
Put all of this together and you will find the cost of both parents working to be much higher than you previously thought.
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