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Costs Of A Job For The Employee

What Does Your Job Cost You?

Career Builder recently looked at common job costs to consider when weighing a salary — from clothing and dry cleaning, transportation, food, child care, and housekeeping. While I can't deny it's critical to measure the cost of your job and your net salary after such expenses, chatter with friends and Savvy readers leads me to believe most people with jobs that cover the bills resent the life costs of maintaining a job more than the financial costs. You know, like all that free time you could be spending on a beach in a deserted island if you won the lotto. Reality check: You have to work to earn your keep and that probably won't change any time soon. So, I'm curious, what are the most outrageous costs of your job? Is it transportation, paying for child care or the outrageous salad markups in the business district?

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juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
Gas. I also provide my own highlighters and post-its.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Gas (I drive 25 miles each way to work) and scrubs (we have to wear them and they aren't provided). I usually bring my own food and drinks.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 5 years
I didn't have any job cost complaints until my office moved. I used to fill up my tank once a month - now I have to do it every week. Gah!
KateLynn2011 KateLynn2011 5 years
Probably food and drinks for when I have to work into the evening (happens quite often). Sigh.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
Work clothes (suits etc.) probably set me back the most money, and then transportation (gas money and mileage) to get here and then parking costs. Although it's not *that* bad.
bengalspice bengalspice 5 years
MTA is my biggest pain the but when it comes to work. They keep jacking up the prices, and that money gets deducted from my paycheck through the company Transit program. argh.
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