Don't Want to Go Back to Work After Maternity Leave? 10 Things to Think About

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Can you afford to stay home? Weigh your salary against the costs of returning to work to determine how much you're really giving up. Costs of returning to your job might include the following:

  • Day care
  • Commuting (tolls, gas, public transportation)
  • Lunches
  • Dry cleaning
  • Incidental spending money
  • Work clothing
  • Housecleaning service

You may be surprised at how much it costs you to work once you have a baby at home! But as you contemplate your stay-at-home savings versus your lost income, remember to factor in any other perks you receive from your job. Which brings us to…