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Why wouldn't a two income family make more?

I read a question asking how it is possibly for a 2 income family to make more and I guess I was curious if there are really 2 income families who don't make any more than they did as a one income family. And if that really is the case could you explain why?


Asked by MooNFaeRie30 at 6:40 AM on Jul. 21, 2010 in Money & Work

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Answers (9)
  • I think some people may have been thinking that they would have to pay child care and the expenses running a second vehicle. We DO make more as a two income family. I would not be able to afford the extra therapy for my son or to live in the district that offers him the better special education services if I did not work. Even paying childcare for two children, we make more with both incomes.

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:50 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • to add to moki1984's answer.... clothing costs, higher grocery costs because mom or dad is too tired/doesn't have time to cook so they buy more pre-made or convenience foods or go out to eat more often, costs of taking time off work when any of the children are sick or need to get to an appointment during working hours.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:22 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • easy...daycare, gas cost, employment expenses ,lunch costs etc

    Answer by moki1984 at 7:57 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • The only reason a 2 income family wouldn't make more is if they're both at low paying jobs that don't cover the basic expenses of working (gas, work clothes, etc).

    Answer by deadheadjen at 8:11 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • Often, the cost of childcare, commuting and work clothes outweigh the second income.

    Answer by rkoloms at 2:38 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • I found when my children were littler I would be working to pay for daycare and not much after that so I chose to stay home with them.

    Answer by mscamp0235 at 7:15 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • If you make minimum wage, the costs associated with working may outstrip earnings.

    Answer by Sisteract at 9:04 AM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • if one parent doesn't have any skills, or college education or anything, the most they could probably get paid is 10 bucks an hour. Subtract daycare expenses, gas expenses, lunch expenses, etc, and see what they have left.

    Answer by haydsmom2007 at 7:23 PM on Jul. 21, 2010

  • I guess then I am wondering why would someone work that second job if it truly isn't bringing in ANY extra money?

    Comment by MooNFaeRie30 (original poster) at 5:31 AM on Jul. 26, 2010