"I don't work because daycare would cost almost more than I make" ETA #2!
I am sick of seeing this response when SAHM's say they don't work. Unless you have a ton of kids, daycare is NOT that expensive. If you need assistance, you should be working. Unless totally disabled, of course, to where you couldn't even do a desk job.
If your daycare costs would equal up to how much money you could make a month, that just screams that you didn't get an education, you planned poorly, and you are/were lazy. Childcare is not that much.
Now, I do understand that some jobs require a ton of education for very little pay, and in those situations, I commend you for choosing a career that gives back so little (financially) and I couldn't care less if you required all the assistance in the world if you worked that job and still couldn't make ends meet. But these women with GED's & HS diplomas who state that they don't work because daycare costs too much & leech on assistance, you should have thought about how much children cost before you started popping them out left and right.
Oh, and I know some people are going to say "mind your own business" and "why do you care" so, to save you the time of typing that out, I wrote it for you & we don't need repeats (although, I am sure some CM's will still repeat it over and over again because that's what happens here). Bash away.
*ETA - Umm, everyone posting their childcare cost is proving my point. If childcare cost $1,000 a month per kid, then plan accordingly and have as many kids as you can afford? Didn't know that was a hard concept to understand. At that price, I could have 4 kids and still live comfortably. But, I am planning accordingly, so.... yeah.
*ETA 2 - Okay I come back from mowing the lawns and I see everyone is posting about why they stay at home. Which has nothing to do with this post. I am soley talking about people on ASSISTANCE staying HOME because DAYCARE costs more than WORKING. Can we keep it on topic, please? Stop getting your panties in a bunch and leaving out the crucial part as to how this DOESN'T relate to you? K thanks!
Also, to respond to the mass amount of people who keep asking "what happens when YOUR life is thrown off course, your husband dies, etc. etc"
1.) I can afford everything without another income. If anything were to happen, yes, I may lose some extra cash to go out and blow, but it wouldn't be a huge difference.
2.) We both have life insurance policies, and good ones.
3.) I have been without a job, and I lived every day just like I had my job. Because I had saved a shit ton of money. If my washer, dryer, fridge, dishwasher, and stove all crapped out on me today, I could go to Lowe's and buy new ones and not bat an eye. BECAUSE I PLANNED MY LIFE ACCORDINGLY. I don't expect everyone to be like that, I was fortunate and worked my ass off. But is it too much to ask to NOT be on assistance and SAH at the same time? That's ALL I am saying. Don't have 15 babies you can't afford. Have a savings account BEFORE you get pregnant.
And why is everyone adding in the cost of car insurance into their "if I worked" budget? Do that many people not have cars already? Even if I never worked another day in my life, I'd always have a car. That's not a work-cost. Gas can be considered one though.