Stay At Home Calculator: Can You Afford to be a SAHM or SAHD?
Stay At Home Calculator
Can your household get by on one income?
This calculator will add up all of the expenses and taxes that you are paying just to keep your job, and then calculate the net effects of eliminating those expenses and taxes by quitting work to become a stay at home parent. The calculated results include a Printer Friendly Report button so you can print out your entries and results for later reference.
A Data Record is a set of calculator entries that are stored in your web browser's Local Storage. If a Data Record is currently selected in the "Data" tab, this line will list the name you gave to that data record. If no data record is selected, or you have no entries stored for this calculator, the line will display "None".
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Stay At Home Calculator
This calculator will help two-income households to determine the financial effects of transitioning to a one-income household.
When both parents work outside of the home it often adds the need for a second vehicle, daycare services, and a host of other expenses that wouldn't be necessary if only one parent worked outside of the home.
The calculator on this page will alert you to, and add up, all of the expenses and taxes that you are paying just to maintain your household's second income.
Next the calculator will calculate the net effects of eliminating those expenses and taxes if one parent quits their work to become a stay at home parent, and then displays the results in a side-by-side comparison chart.
Finally, the calculator results also include a Printer Friendly Report button so you can print out all entries and results for later study.
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Complete the individual entries section, which includes separate entries you and your spouse/life-partner.
Complete the mutual entries section.
Complete your job related entries.
Complete each Stay-At-Home savings that would apply to your situation if you were to quit work to become a SAHM or SAHD. Note that clicking on an info icon (i) in this section will open a mini calculator for converting non-annual amounts into annual amounts.
Click the "Calculate SAH Comparison" button. This will populate the Calculated Results chart, display a bar graph comparing effects of quitting work with not quitting work, and display a "Printer Friendly Report" button for creating a report you can print out for later reference.
If your web browser supports Local Storage, you can save your entries to your web browser so won't have to start over on your next visit. Please note that your saved entries can only be retrieved from the same device and web browser you were using when you stored them. If you would like to access your saved entries from any device I invite you to subscribe to the Ad-Free Member Version.
To save your entries to your web browser, click or tap the Data tab in the Help and Tools section (mobile: top right of the main screen), select "New Data Record" from the drop-down menu, enter a name for the data record, and then tap or click the Save button.
To load previously saved entries, click or tap the Data tab and select the saved data record from the drop-down menu. You can then save any changes to your entries by simply clicking the Save button while the data record is selected.
To clear a named set of saved entries, click or tap the Data tab, select the saved data record from the drop-down menu, and then tap or click the Clear button.
Numbers and Decimals:
Only numeric characters (0-9 and decimal points) may be entered in numeric fields. Non-numeric characters (dollar signs, percent signs, commas, etc.) may cause calculation errors. If the field includes a grid icon, tapping the icon will open a popup keypad which will include only the characters allowed in the field. If your device keypad does not include a decimal point, use this popup keypad to enter decimal numbers where applicable.
Popup Tool Tips:
Tap the info (i) icons for a further explanation of each entry field (you can click [X] or outside of the pop-up tool tips to close them). A summary of these explanations, along with any additional term explanations, can also be found under the Terms tab.
Since I can't test for every possible combination of numbers, please be sure to double-check the results of this calculator yourself before considering them to be valid. If you do discover an issue with the calculated results, please report the issue using the feedback form located below the calculator.
Scrolling & Shrinking:
In order to scroll the calculator vertically you will need to swipe just outside of the calculator's dark-blue border, or use the window's far right-hand scroll bar, whichever is applicable to your device.
If the top section of the calculator becomes to tall for your viewport, tapping in the "Enter a problem..." field should reset the top section to its original height.
The Algebra Calculator is the only calculator on the site that I did not create myself. And since I did not create it, I don't have access to the code for fixing any issues you may be experiencing. So if you are having issues with the calculator, please visit the support page at Mathway.com for assistance.
This section, which you can Unstick or Hide in the Calculator Preferences (just above the top of the calculator), contains the following tabs (content too long to fit within bordered frame can be scrolled up and down):
About: Click this tab for an introduction to the calculator.
Instructions: Click this tab for step-by-step instructions for using the calculator.
Terms: Click this tab for a list of the descriptions that are located within each popup help button (info icons).
PCalc: Click this tab for a handy "pocket" calculator you can use when you need to calculate an entry needed for the calculator.
Data: Click this tab to save a set of entries or a note in between visits. Entries and notes will be stored to your web browser's local storage (if supported by your browser of choice), meaning they can only be recalled with the same device and web browser you were using when you saved them. If you'd like to save entries and notes between devices you can do so by subscribing to the Ad-Free Member Version.
Move the slider to left and right to adjust the calculator width. Note that the Help and Tools panel will be hidden when the calculator is too wide to fit both on the screen. Moving the slider to the left will bring the instructions and tools panel back into view.
Also note that some calculators will reformat to accommodate the screen size as you make the calculator wider or narrower. If the calculator is narrow, columns of entry rows will be converted to a vertical entry form, whereas a wider calculator will display columns of entry rows, and the entry fields will be smaller in size ... since they will not need to be "thumb friendly".
Show/Hide Popup Keypads:
Select Show or Hide to show or hide the popup keypad icons located next to numeric entry fields. These are generally only needed for mobile devices that don't have decimal points in their numeric keypads. So if you are on a desktop, you may find the calculator to be more user-friendly and less cluttered without them.
Select Stick or Unstick to stick or unstick the help and tools panel. Selecting "Stick" will keep the panel in view while scrolling the calculator vertically. If you find that annoying, select "Unstick" to keep the panel in a stationary position.
If the tools panel becomes "Unstuck" on its own, try clicking "Unstick" and then "Stick" to re-stick the panel.