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[–] Master_Foo 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm expanding a bit on my last post, so read that first.

Here's how I run my home economics...

It's the man's job to create and expand the "household" and it's the woman's job to maintain what has been created. Feel free to disagree, but this is my way of thinking.

Premise: Maintaining a household should cost 10% per year of what it is worth. So, if you have a household that is worth $300,000 in total assets, the cost of maintaining it should cost $30,000.

That $30,000 benchmark is essentially what the wife is "worth", It's her salary as the wife. It's basically her money to spend as intelligently as possible. It's her duty to spend that money on the household and to "hire" herself from that pool of funds.

Now, $30,000 / year roughly comes out to $15 / hour for the wife. In otherwords, she needs to be at least as productive as $15 / hour to "pull her weight" or be "fired".

So, let's say the wife is doing a job worth $3.00 / hour. Should she do that? Or should she spend a little bit of her salary on some cheap paper bags and save $14.30 worth of her time for better uses?

My point being, can a housewife make enough paper bags in 1 hour to make $15 worth of product? No matter how fast and efficient she is, there is no way that is possible. And if that is how she is spending her time, she is essentially putting the household deep into debt.