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Ever since I became a disciple of MMM I have dreamed of biking to work. This dream has some roadblocks specifically I don't own a bike and my drive to work was 49 minutes solid over a rolling 23.4 miles. To bike it would have taken me 2 hours and 10 minutes each way. I am not in that great of shape and would not be able to function at work by the time I got there.
Even 49 minutes each way was hard on me and the family. I switched to that job back in October 2016 with the hope of being an IT architect and bringing in more income. The hope also included my family being OK with a longer commute.
While work was more satisfying my personal life slowly deteriated. My back problems worsened sitting for that long of time. I would rush in the morning to get the kids to school, speed to work and still be late. When I finally got to work I was already stressed out. Rinse and repeat on the way home to make dinner in time. If all went well I would get a whopping 1/2 hour with the kids before bedtime.
The stress was compounded because my job wanted me there from 8-5. I was lucky to get there by 9:20 everyday. They neglected to inform me there was no flex time when I took the job.
More burden was also placed on my wife to take care of all 5 kids. We were turning to more and more unhealthy frozen meals and she was plain just stressed out.
Finally I made a call to my former boss. We met for lunch and they offered me my job back making what I made at my new (well now old) job.
The drive is back to 15 minutes through our park system totaling 7 miles each way. My (and my family) stress levels are way down and I am able to get home and cook some good stuff from scratch almost every day. We finish dinner and I have several hours to play with the kids or work on chores.
There is this spreadsheet I keep to calculate if it is worth switching jobs or not. With what happened with this job I added some calculations for mileage using the standard rate of $.535 and how much I pay myself to drive back and forth to work (my hourly rate).
Old Job Mileage
46.8 * .535=$25.038 per day
New Job Mileage
14 * .535=$7.49 per day
Mileage Savings = $17.548 per day
Say I earned $50 per hour for this example.
$50*1.5=$75.00 per day
$50*.5=$25.00 per day
Another $50 saved per day
I would save $68 per day by switching jobs
When all is said and done I should never have taken that job. I was actually making less than my previous and the family wasn't any happier for it. Now I make way more because I am closer to home AND we are all happier.
Next I am looking into a bike and getting in shape to ride to work…
When you switch jobs do you calculate your commute?
Dividend Family Guy