I know, I know. You’re tired of hearing about it.
Although you may not be particularly interested in how much I like working from home, a girl has got to share, right? After all, that’s why I have this little blog in the first place. Quitting my job to work from home was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. So, today I thought I would share the variety of ways that I’m saving money and time by working from my home. I also want you to know that I do realize that “strategery” is not a real word. However, I’ve always wanted to use it and I’m my own boss now, bitches! I can do that. So, without further adieu, here are the ways that I’m saving money by working at home:
I’m not driving. Although we used to carpool to work, I would sometimes drive myself. It always depended on whether Greg had to work late or I needed to run an errand after work. Regardless, I’m now down to driving only once or twice a week. Although we considered selling our second car at one point, I’m now glad that we kept it and it’s serving its purpose well as a low-cost (and amazingly beautiful) second vehicle. It’s hard to quantify how much I’m saving on gas by working at home. However, I will say that I haven’t bought gas for my mini-van since April. I’m almost due for a fill-up and unfortunately gas just jumped to $4.25 per gallon yesterday. Sigh. Hopefully prices will go back down a little before I fill up. A girl can dream, right?
I’m no longer buying fancy clothes. In fact, I’m wearing my pajamas right now. It’s pretty disgusting, I know. But, who cares? No one is here except for my dog, Pablo the freeloading genius and he hasn’t moved in several hours so I’m pretty sure he’s okay with it. The shirt I’m wearing has some holes in it so last night Greg strategically moved my shirt around so that my nipple was hanging out of one of them. (Can I say that here?) Why? Because he’s awesome. That’s why. If I were a nudist, I could even work completely naked. Or, I could just choose to go without pants. How’s that for strategery?
I’m not wearing makeup every day. And, why should I? There is simply no reason to get made up to do what I’m doing. The awesome thing about it is that not wearing makeup or creating a hairstyle saves at least 30 minutes a day. I now spend that time playing with my kids while Greg gets ready for work. But, don’t worry folks. I’m not “letting myself go.” I’m still wearing makeup on the weekends, and I still take a shower and make myself presentable.
I’m not commuting. Although I never had a long commute, it still took time. The drive to work (including dropping off the kids at daycare) took about 15 minutes each way so working from home is saving an additional 30 minutes daily. I now spend that time working and the result is that I get a lot more done in a lot less time. In fact, I can typically complete everything I need to do in a 7-8 hour workday. That probably doesn’t sound like an accomplishment but I used to work 10-14 hours per day.
So, what do you guys think about my work-at-home strategery? Do you think that working from home is a good money-saving strategy? Or, should I blog naked to further cut my costs (and laundry)? Please share by commenting below.