(Closed) Be honest! Would you keep working if you didn’t have to?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 81
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Only if it were to be something I really enjoyed.  As of right now though, absolutely not.   I’d rather be back in college full time and focusing on that.

Post # 82
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875 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m doing this. We can easily survive on FI’s salary and by “survive” I mean pay our mortgage, pay all bills and have money leftover for dinners out, shopping and savings. I am quitting my full time job before the wedding and am working part time until we have kids and then I will be a Stay-At-Home Mom.

Post # 83
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574 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Right now, I’m only working part time, but would rather be full time.  However, even if DH made a whole ton of money, I would still want to work and contribute to our retirements, house, and general savings.  

Post # 84
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724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Absolutely. I love love love what I do and I think I will do it til the day I die if I can. If I didn’t need the money I would probably just start doing pro bono work but definitely wouldn’t stop working. 

Post # 85
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I woild quit if/when we have kids.

I could quit my job now, however I think its a good idea to save for retirement and otherwise occupy my time. Even if i didn’t hae a job, I can see myself volunteering or something a few days/week.

Post # 86
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Work like a 9-5 job? No. I’d probably go into business for myself, that’s always been a dream of mine. A family business to leave for my girls (if they are interested) would be nice, or to have it to sell when my husband and I retire. It would be amazing to do that if my contribution wasn’t absolutely essential financially or I didn’t need to focus all my attention on Dear Daughter (which at the moment, I do).

 

Post # 87
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If I had kids, I would leave my job in a HEARTBEAT!  I would love to be a stay-at-home mom if we were financially secure enough to do so.

I’m not sure I would quit my job to be a housewife though.  I think I would still work – maybe part time instead of full time or possibly as an instructional assistant instead of a head teacher (far less responsibility!) but I would feel weird just sitting at home all day with nothing to do.

Post # 88
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

So not an option for us right now, but I’d be thrilled if I could quit.  I would probably look into some volunteer work, but DH and I have talked about me wanting to be a SAHW/M someday.  He’s looking into going back to school, so, we’ll see.  If nothing else, my current job as a teacher at a private school would give us a nice discount to send our kids there.  🙂

Post # 89
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27 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’d change careers from being a banker to my own interior design firm but i dont think i could stay at home full time.

Post # 90
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875 posts
Busy bee

I think I’d be happy to give up my current job, and find other types of employment…perhaps as a community volunteer.  I don’t believe I’d be bored, I do think that I might have more time to complete various projects that I would love to work on.  (I love crafting, sewing, and planning various events, so I can’t imagine being bored.)  But I would want to maintain the type of lifestyle I live now which includes some summer travel and going out to eat.  In addition, I’d want to be able to afford the types of products that I already like using.  Most of the time when shows suggest saving money by not purchasing a daily fancy coffee etc… I’m left wondering who does that so I’d want to still have a few little splurges. 

Post # 91
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

im thankful to have been given the choice to pick. For the most part ive been a stay at home wife (between DH and I we have 13 neices and nephews! No kids of our own yet) so I feel like a mom alot of the time lmao!

At the moment im working a little part time job close to home. I like having the extra money and getting away from home for a couple hrs a week. Even though Im constantly running when Im not at work!

But to be honest I hate working. I like the job I have but I REALLY enjoy going to all the kids events and practices, cooking, I LOVE cleaning. Decoratinggardening etc. Im very much a homebody. Its not that I dont have a good work ethic; I grew up working or everything I had even though my family was alot better off than most others I knew. We had 2 very large farms and worked outside jobs as well. I just would rather be home and do the domestic stuff haha

Post # 92
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve worked since I was 16 and for a very long time, my profession was very important to me.

However, working full-time (with two small kids at home) was starting to take its toll on me and my husband insisted that I stay home with the kids or at the very least, work part-time.

Best decision I ever made.  I can’t believe the difference it has made in the kids behavior, and of course there is the added bonus of my husband having his needs looked after.

I still struggle with it sometimes, but there is plenty to do to fill in the gaps.  I volunteer at the kids school and at the hospital and I am on the PTA.  We are lucky enough to live in a state where there is no snow in the winter, so we spend a whole lot of time exploring in the great outdoors!  It also gives me the chance to educate my preschooler and not feel so guilty about having the kids in daycare all day long!

It really is something that works on a case by case basis.  I never in a million years thought I could do the housewife thing, but here I am.  That isn’t to say that I don’t do side projects as well (consulting) so it is a wash.

You need to do what is best for you and your family!

Post # 93
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes but definately less hours.

Post # 94
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think the only way I wouldn’t work is if I was a multi-millionaire.  I would love to able to be a life-long student and learn all kinds of things and travel.

But, if FH made enough that I could stay home and take care of our Future Children then I would, but I would probably do some at home work being that I’m a pastry chef.  People always want/need cakes for birthdays and other celebrations and most people I work with already do cakes at home on the side and make good money doing it.  

Post # 95
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think I’m gonig to go with yes x 100 unless it was extensive time off for travel or if I had a substantial amount of money to play with.  I have been pretty much unemployed for various reasons for close to two years and I absolutely hate it.  I make terrible use of my free time, partially because what I want to do requires funds… but mostly, too much free time = no motivation for anything.  I can’t see myself choosing to not work.

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