Post # 1
Hi ladies, I’ve posted a few things on this subject. Heres the story- at the end of June I quit my full-time/stressful hospital job for a part time job in a clinic. The plan was to work part-time all summer then get more hours at this job or find a different full-time job in my field. Well, turns out I LOVE my job and my hours. I work 4-5 hours a day 4 days a week. I come home for lunch, relax, do chores around the house, make dinner etc. I do all the housework, cooking, errands/shopping etc because I have time and I really enjoy it. I have time to work out, take care of our dog/house and spend time with my elderly/lonely grandma. I really don’t want to look for another job in the fall, I love this job, the company and the clients. I may be able to get more hours in the fall but probably not many more. FI and I discussed it and he doesn’t mind me staying at this job and not working more. We are not struggling at all, he makes plenty of money and we are very comfortable. Also I am still making ~1k per week (before taxes). He likes that he doesn’t have “chores” to complete when he gets home because they are already done. He leaves the house around 7am and comes home around 7pm so he’s exhausted in the evenings. I don’t mind “taking care” of him. However, staying home part time without kids feels lazy to me…even though I am working and am always busy around the house! What do you ladies think? Should I stick with this job/schedule or find something full time?
Post # 3
If I could work your hours and still bring home ~1k a week, there would be no question of whether or not I would keep that job! You LOVE your job and you are doing well financially. I would totally keep the job and enjoy yourself. Why work yourself to the bone when you can actually enjoy what you’re doing both at work and outside of work. Gah, I’m jealous! haha
Post # 4
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I don’t see anything wrong with keeping your job if you like it and are earning enough money for what you need. 🙂
Post # 5
If I could find a part time gig that I enjoyed and we could swing it financially (which we can but we’re saving for a house now so it’s not the wisest decision for us at this time), I would jump at the oppertunity. It’s exhausting to work 9 hours a day and then come home to deal with cooking and cleaning.
I see no problem with your current arrangement as long as you and your husband are on the same page. It seems like the best of both worlds.
Post # 6
@Ballet513: I’m not even sure why you are questioning looking for a new job. The one have right now sounds amazing!!!!! If you really still feel like you are being lazy start volunteering somewhere for a few hours a week. I won’t lie–I am pretty freaking jealous!
Post # 7
You job sounds great!! I was working part-time at my job and I loved the lower amount of stress and extra time to do house things, but they asked me to start working full time so I did it. I wouldn’t have if they hadn’t asked because we were doing fine money wise.
Post # 8
If you can swing it and you enjoy it, then it doesn’t make sense to stop! Is your husband on board with the plan?
Post # 9
Agree with everyone else– you are living the dream! I think working part time, still making good money, enjoying doing the housework (not sure I would but it is great that you do!), and your husband loving your situation are seriously ideal. Live it up 🙂
Post # 10
If I were in your position I would keep this job that you have and love every minute! You are not being “lazy” by only working the amount that you are. You are filling the rest of the time with equally important tasks, such as, taking care of yourself, your home, your future husband and spending important time with family that won’t be around forever. Plus, you happen to love the job which accounts for a lot of happiness for you personally. I’m a teacher and since I don’t work during the summer I love this feeling of being a housewife. I get to clean my home to my satisfaction, cook my husband dinner and get a proper amount of sleep. I can only imagine how much more difficult working a full day while having kids will be once the time comes for us.
Post # 11
@abbie017: It was sort of his idea, we were discussing my options for the fall last night and I expressed how much I LOVE this job….the clients, office staff etc and how I would be sad to leave it. In my previous full time job I was SO stressed and miserable and he doesn’t want to go back there he says (guess I wasn’t fun to live with! lol). He also really enjoys me taking care of all the house stuff so he doesn’t worry about anything really. He has a long workday and a long commute so he appreciates coming home to dinner cooked, house cleaned and all errands done. He also said he really likes how happy I am now. We are definitely on the same page about this.
Thanks everyone for your comments/encouragement! I think I feel sort of “useless” staying home and being “just a housewife” (as in not a stay at home mom because we have no children yet) even though I’m working 16-20 hours per week and making ~1k a week. It works for us though and makes us both happy so I guess thats all that matters?
Post # 12
@star_dust: I think the big selling point for me at the moment is spending all these extra hours with my grandma. Out of her 9 grandchildren she only sees 3 of us consistently and she is always so happy when I come over with the dog. The dog is happy too bc grandma likes to feed him under the table lol.
Like I said in my previous reply I can’t shake the “lazy” feeling but I am always busy!! Just not busy 8 hours a day with tasks I am getting paid for.
Post # 13
I work in healthcare and work 3 days a week (12 hour shifts), so I have 4 entire days off each week. It helps to find some new hobbies! But hey – if you’re making decent money and don’t need to work full time I say go for it! Spare yourself the stress.
Post # 14
@SimpleGifts: Seriously, I work 40 hours a week and make nowhere near that. I wish I could find a job that I enjoyed, could work ~20hrs a week, and make $4k/month. I would be ecstatic.
Post # 15
I am doing the same thing in about 2 weeks! I am in school, but it’s only one day a week (but I do have to study a lot) and then working part time…but the part time hours are soooo minimal.
My DH works really long hours, so it’s nice that he doesnt have to do a whole lot around the house when he gets home. I like taking care of stuff around the house anyway, so it works out better for us. Working 40 hrs and going to school on top of taking care of everything else was possible for me, but not necessary, sooo I decided to leave my job. I know I”ll be happier…and hey…if your DH is ok with it, then stay where you are!
Post # 16
Ballet513 for right now at this moment this job sounds amazing, you have my dream life…just kidding…you are not being lazy, you should just enjoy the fact that you can work a part time job and work full time at home….you are not being lazy! Enjoy!