Watch Out For Hidden Expenses With A New Job

Watch Out for Hidden Expenses with a New Job

A higher salary means you have more money to spend, right? Not necessarily. You need to consider some of the added costs you'll be taking on with that new job.

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Budget Blonde reminds us that if your new job pays more money than your last job, you need to figure in additional costs before you go on a spending spree. For example, if your salary goes up, that could bump you into a higher tax bracket, and you'll need to factor that into your take-home estimate. Some other costs include:

  • If your new job requires a move to a higher cost-of-living area, just staying in the same size and quality of home or buying the same groceries will force an increase in spending.
  • You may also be losing out on some benefits that your student status conferred — think of health insurance, gym membership, subsidised entertainment, etc.
  • Your new job may come with some necessary new expenses, like a wardrobe upgrade and a (reasonable!) car if you didn't already own one.
  • If you practise percentage-based budgeting the way that my husband and I do, your absolute saving and giving amounts will increase, whether or not you increase your lifestyle.

Check out the link for other tips on getting an income increase — and while you're at it, check out our guide on the same topic.

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    Thank you so much for linking to my blog. So glad you found it helpful!

    Yeh, i agree with this, all it takes is to sit down for 30 min or so and just lay everything out and try to cover all bases.
    I made the mistake of not going over everything (young and foolish) and ended up losing about $9k worth of expenses which i had to cover because of a small insight
    buuuut... i guess you learn by living lol

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