It’s about 20 degrees outside right now. I’ve got yoga pants and my favorite Bud Light t-shirt on, and my dog is trying to lay on my arm while I type again. I’m answering emails and wrapping up some end-of-the-day work, all while drinking hot tea and listening to Nirvana Unplugged.
I didn’t scrape my windshield today. I didn’t iron my work outfit. I didn’t pack a lunch and I didn’t even drive my car. Why? Because I work at home. And after doing it for two full years, I can honestly say that I will never go back.
How I Save Money by Working at Home
But there are other benefits that come with working at home aside from not getting dressed and not having to talk to people in person. Yeah, I’m talking about the financial savings that come with doing your j-o-b in the comfort of your own abode. Here’s how I save by working at home:
Commuting Is Free
I have a home office, but I prefer to work in the comfort of my family room. I just like it here for some reason, probably because it feels more calm and serene than my office. Regardless, my commute is still only about two seconds down the stairs. Maybe ten seconds if I decide to take the scenic route past the coffee maker on my way.
Obviously, that means that my commute costs zero. Nada. Nothing. We do have a second car, but we only keep it because it is paid off and not really worth anything. When it dies or we need to get rid of it, I doubt we’ll replace it. I just don’t drive that much.
And money aside, I also love working at home because it helps me save time – time I would probably spend scraping my windshield or navigating through early morning traffic to get to work. The time getting all spiffed up in the morning and putting on full whore makeup so that I look legit. I love having that hour of my life back every day, and not spending it doing things I never wanted to do in the first place.
Saving On Meals
When I was at my 9-5 job, I always packed a lunch and brought it with me to save money. Unfortunately, I didn’t always do things the healthy way and even kept a stash of disgusting, frozen Lean Cuisines that I could eat when I ran out of time, or forgot, to bring something. Still, there were times when I was asked to go out to lunch, or that I didn’t properly utilize leftovers because I was busy rushing the kids around and dealing with more important stuff.
Now that I work at home, I no longer have to buy convenience meals, nor do I have to pack anything or plan ahead. And most of the time, I just eat leftovers for lunch anyway. Not only are they mostly prepared already, but that helps to cut down on the amount of food we throw away.
Living with a Questionable Wardrobe
When more than one person refers to what you’re wearing as “your paint pants,” you know you’re making one hell of a fashion statement. Unfortunately, my “paint pants,” (which are also maternity BTW) are my favorite freakin’ pair! I love them! And yes, I’ve painted in them a time or two, which is why they have splashes of Oyster White and Honeycomb on them, but I feel like that just makes them unique. Seriously.
All kidding aside, the cool thing about working at home is that your wardrobe doesn’t really matter. I could wear a giant adult onesie all day if I wanted to. Hell, I could work naked! You freaks would never know, although I’m sure you’re totally picturing it right now. (I don’t blame you…wink wink.)
At my old job, I had to play the part and that meant wearing fancy suits, sweaters, and shoes ’til the cows came home. Now I can wear paint pants. And I like it.
Do you think working at home would help you save money? How does your work situation help you save?
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