My husband and I are a DINK (dual income no kids) couple. A lot of my coworkers are married and already have kids or about to have kids. I feel like we are so young, no idea how people do it with kids, especially without flexibility. I can’t imagine fitting kids into our schedules now. I’m out of the house for 12 hours at a time. Then, I spend 6-7 hours just sleeping. That only leaves about 6 hours of free time which gets eaten by showering, getting ready for work, cooking, eating, and getting the mind ready to go to sleep. I see everybody’s hectic schedule and have no desire to replicate it.
Here are some of the benefits as to how I see it:
- Only need 25 minutes to get ready in the morning. I’m pretty bad, or maybe I’m pretty awesome, but I’ve figured out how to maximise my sleep time and get ready super quickly. I’m not big on having super fancy hair or makeup to go to work, so this helps a lot. My hair air dries since it’s curly, so I never have to spend time blow drying or straightening my hair. I only wear eyeliner and use my glasses to accessorize!
- I only have to take care of myself in the morning. I get up before my husband and only have to worry about myself.
- Only have to worry about my laundry. My husband and I usually take care of our own laundry. Sometimes a couple of his items will get mixed up in mine or visa versa, but usually it’s not a lot. I do my work clothes separetly because the clothes are delicate. I have seen how much landry moms’s do every week. It’s insane. Can’t imagine.
- More discretionary income. One of my coworkers is about to have twins and he’s made comments of how their discretionary income is about to take a dip.
- No paying for daycare. The cost of daycare is insanely expensive. A female coworker has mentioned she pays $400 a week for her 1 year old’s daycare. That is $1600 a month! This amount covers our monthly expenses aside from mortgage andcar/home insurance.
- More free time. I really treasure my free time. I remember in college I would get so antsy when I had free time. Every single hour of my day was allocated for a purpose. I’ve since switched life phiolosphies. Monday-Friday is a crazy race to get everything done, then Saturday and Sunday are a leisurely stroll. Last Sunday I woke up and finished reading a book, aftwerwards, I spent all day watching a marathon of Scandal on Netflix.
- We can take vacations during off-season when it’s much more affordable!
There you go. The benefits of not having kids. I really enjoy spending time with my husband alone. I think it’s extremely important. Life is already hectic enough. Some nights we barely talk to each because we get home and go to bed at different times.
On another note, did you know geese mate for life? Geese only have one partner their lifes. Talk about taking till death do us part quite seriously.
Are you part of a DINK couple? What are your thoughts?