The Cost of Working

Is It Worth It?

Commuters going to work
Caroline Purser

Is it worth it? Bringing another income into the house isn't always as helpful as you might think. The following online calculator can help you weigh the costs of staying home versus working outside of the home. Based on a one-month time frame, fill-in the blanks below to find out how much you will actually make working outside of the home. List all the expenses you will incur if you go to work. Then enter the NET monthly income (amount after taxes) you expect if employed.

Keep in mind this form does not take into consideration some immediate big cost items, like a car, new clothes, or special equipment you might need for a job.

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