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I'm Asking: Would You Move Back Home If You Lost Your Job?

I'm Asking: Would You Move Back Home If You Lost Your Job?

Job loss in a weak job market can make it tough to get back on your feet, and there are only so many positions to go around when there are so many people looking for employment. If you faced unemployment, would you turn to your parents for help and possibly go as far as moving back in with them?


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cookie23 cookie23 8 years
Absolutely, as a young single designer in NYC i could not afford to stay if I got the axe. While I could probably sing it for a while by getting a roomate or working some odd jobs, with the economy the way it is if I were in that situation I would absolutely move back with the parents and save up as much money as I could
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Nope, and for so many reasons. This is exactly why I stockpile so much into savings -- mostly to save for a house, but also to dip into should worse come to worst. And I wouldn't feel any shame in retail or coffee job to bring in a little cash while I was looking for another fulltime position. Not to mention I'm living with my fiance and my parents live in another state. I agree with most posters that the overall idea is not childish, I personally would feel like a lot less of an adult as I've been out of college for about 5 years. I would hope that I had some savings and resume-building skills to show for it!
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I loved living at home. But I'd prob just sell my own home, pocket the profit and find a cheap place to rent in the meantime and waitress.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Only as a last resort. But I'm sure my parents would welcome me with open arms.
melody20 melody20 8 years
I thought the question was as when you move for another city! Oo Parents´ home?! Holy crap, no! Only if it´s a very very serious situation! (Like begging for food XD)
Jeny Jeny 8 years
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
No, I couldn't. This happened to me last year and a half ago when I was laid off. I couldn't find a job and my savings ran out, I had to use my credit card for a while, I got a job the two months later and I had to call my landlord and tell him that my rent was going to be late. (Since, I never did that in the 4 years I lived here, he let me slide).
Advah Advah 8 years
I miss living with my parents SO much and get along really well with them. I've more or less hated the jobs I've had since I finished my MSc, and my parents did suggest me moving back home to 'cheer me up' (I think they miss me too and would love to see me move closer to where they are :) ). However it's not an option I'd consider, mainly because I come from a fairly small town and my life isn't there anymore. Plus, I'd never go back and live in that country, so I'd rather get another bad temp job where I am now. :D
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
Only if I became seriously ill or injured and wouldn't physically be able to work for a long time. My parents live in small town where there are virtually no jobs in my field, so it would be hard to get back on my feed from there. If it was "just" a layoff, I'd try every other option (like registering with every temp agency in town) before moving back home. I've been living on my own (and very far from home) for eight years now, and moving back would be a major loss of independence. My parents can be quite overbearing, even though they mean well.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
No. I have only lost a job once, being caught up in a third wave of layoffs a few years ago, and luckily I had cash reserves and my partner was working, so it tided us over. I rather eat my own socks than have to move home. :P
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I would consider it. I don't think it's childish or immature at all, but I think it depends on how you were raised and what kind of attitude your parents have towards money and looking after you - and ultimately you looking after them in old age. In fact, when I was looking for a job earlier this year after I graduated with my MA degree, my dad actually suggested I move home and "take a break" for a year and not work! Sweeeettttttt ... I might take him up on that offer a few years down the line. Probably not though, b/c I wouldn't be able to sit at home for a year doing nothing.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Yes, but only as an absolute last resort. my dad has enough to deal with - my little baby brother and all. That and it would cost ALOT to move all my stuff back halfway around the damn world.
chrisTyyy chrisTyyy 8 years
I've been contemplating that since I got laid off and haven't had a job for months, but I don't think I would enjoy it very much. I'll see how the rest of the year goes first.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I would definitely go back home ... though it would probably drive me insane since it's such an effort to commute into the city where jobs in my field are located.
jadefly jadefly 8 years
My parents really want me to move from SoCal back to Oregon to live with them. My mom routinely touts the benefits of living under her roof: rent-free, utilities free, food free... which all sounds nice in theory, but I'd definitely have less freedom and privacy, and my fiance and I would have to remain at least three feet apart at all times. Haha. But yes, it's an option.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I live with my parents now, and I'm saving a lot of money. I want to be really financially secure when I do go out and get my own place again and this is the best way. I could live with my boyfriend if I had to, but my parents have a lot more room and live in a cheaper area.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
My dad would take us in without ANY hesitation, shaming, embarrassment, etc. However, I wouldn't do it, because my dad lives in Alaska, and it would defeat the whole purpose of getting back on my feet. However, I have a brother (who is local) that would probably just rib me a little for moving my fiance and my dog into his place with his wife and daughter! :-P I don't see anything wrong with it, though, if it's temporary and eases some stress. There is a difference between being in your thirties and having some bad career luck, and just bumming off your parents forever.
lizs lizs 8 years
Ne. Ver. Ever. If my emergency fund ran out (and seriously, if I can't bring in a penny over the course of a year or so, I hope I qualify for disability), I'd bum off friends or go on federal assistance or become a live-in nanny or do absolutely whatever it would take to make it on my own.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I don't think it's childish to rely on your parents as a safety net, especially for people who are first out of college. In this type of economy it's not always as simple as going to get another job. I'm a bit older and have been able to save up enough money that I could survive a while without a job, so I probably wouldn't move back in with them. Especially since it would mean moving across the country!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
if my savings ran out before i found a job, then probably
JustBekky JustBekky 8 years
I live with my family and have a full-time job. MY family are SO awesome, I love them and we all get along great. My little brother and sister are still very young, so they like having me around. I'm more like an aunt than a sister! :) I've thought about moving out and I am perfectly capable of taking care of myself; I do housework and live very independantly as a boarder would rather than a child. But my folks like having me there to help them out, and when I mentioned moving out they said not to bother because they'd just get a boarder in to replace my income, and would rather have me living there than a stranger. So I'm staying put for now! :)
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
No. I think that's weird.. it just seems so immature. As an adult, you should be able to take care of yourself -- not go running to mommy & daddy whenever the going gets tough. Losing your job sucks, but I think the next step would be grabbing ANYTHING that's available that you can work, and relying on your savings (which you undoubtedly accumulated being a responsible adult and all) to carry you through the rough patch. There's no reason to lean on your parents. If you have to, it's because you were unprepared and irresponsible.
baybug baybug 8 years
I would move back with my parents if I wasn't married.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
That would absolutely be a last resort, and would pretty much mean losing my house and getting a that case, yeah I'd move back home, but I don't see that happening! Living with my parents again, or with any family members, or even a roommate, would be really tough.
hex913 hex913 8 years
I had to face that reality when my job was in jeopardy earlier this year. It would have been so hard to do that, and I'm thankful I didn't have to.
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