(Closed) Career: Time versus Money

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
6893 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Can’t say what I would or wouldn’t do, but I’ll share what my friends and I always say. We always agreed in discussions that, if we were planning on kids (most of us are) then you take more money and suckier hours or commutes UNTIL you have kids. After kids, time is more valuable.

Post # 4
2416 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would do it. I commute about 45min to work and 1-1.5 hours home. It definately bothers me, but with a good CD it’s fine. Just make sure that the pay will offset the cost of gas…or maybe you could use public transport? I think it’s worth it. Do it now before you have children and will want that extra time at home…plus, you’ll have additional experience and career growth! Go for it!

Post # 5
350 posts
Helper bee

If you have the flexibility now (ie no kids, reliable car, etc), I would do it. I used to commute about 45 minutes in the morning and about an hour more (or much worse with bad weather or accidnets), and it was rough. But that was when I was also living with my folks so it wasn’t as nice to come home to. The prospect of a big pay increase, and for a company you KNOW you enjoy working for is hard to beat.

When I have to drive for work, I get books on cd. They help make the time go by. I think I would gladly add 15-30 minute to my commute if it increased my financial stability and my happiness with my job.

Just make sure you really weigh the options, and maybe take a day off to test out the commute if you can!

Good luck!


Post # 6
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It sounds like it is a really good opportunity for you career wise.  I know that commute would drive me insane (I did an hour each way for a year and hated it) but many people make that commute daily and it doesn’t bother them.

Post # 7
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

All I can say is that with no real commitments bogging you down (I.e. kids) and a supportive Darling Husband to boot, you owe it to yourself to explore this once in a lifetime opportunity, as you put it. You may be filled with regret and resentment if you don’t jump at this. Especially because the only real issue holding you back is a mere commute.

Yes, commuting is an undeniable, pain in the a$$…but you deserve this opportunity and you’d better seize it! 😉

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