Some Moms Can’t Afford to Go Back To Work

BySarah Yang
Published
Apr 2012
Hero Image
Photo: Thinkstock

Yup, you read that right. You’d think it would be the other way around — that moms have to go back to work because their families need the extra income. But for some moms, it will actually cost them more money to go back to work than stay at home. According the CNN Money, after factoring in the cost of child care, transportation costs and other work-related expenses (like lunch, dry cleaning, etc.), moms have found that going back to work wasn’t worth it.

It may make more sense for moms to stay home to save money on childcare and other costs, but some families are still struggling to make ends meet with only one person bringing in the income. And also, what about the moms who do want to go back to their careers? It’s a complicated decision.

Do you think it’s hard to afford to go back to work? Are you going back to work after baby or do you plan on staying home?

Plus, more from The Bump:

The Back-to-Work Guide for Moms

Biggest Mommy Regrets

I’m Getting Nervous About Going Back to Work!

Style of the Week: Hilary Duff’s Baby Luca

Elena Donovan Mauer
Contributing Writer
Published
04/03/2012

JetBlue Kicks Family of Crying Toddler Off Plane

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
07/31/2015

Zika and Birth Defects: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
01/19/2016

The Age When Women Start Turning Into Their Mothers, According to Survey

Stephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
03/19/2019

The Best (and Worst) Breastfeeding Moments of 2015

Jessica Shortall
Contributing Writer
Published
12/30/2015

Ryan Reynolds Explains Why Baby James's Name Was Kept a Secret

Anisa Arsenault
Associate Editor
Published
03/20/2015

Flight Attendants Celebrate Couple Flying Home With Newly Adopted Baby

Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
02/14/2020