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    How Part-Time Work (Moonlighting) Can Save You Money

    By Jona E. Kessans

    Moonlighting or working part-time has long been an option for many full-time workers seeking a little more income. However, what has long been overlooked are the fringe benefits or dividends that working part-time provides. Working this way reduces spending and is more than worthwhile for the minimum numbers of hours required.

    The national retail store I work at requires employees to work a minimum of six hours per month to receive both low cost health insurance (around $20 per week) and a very generous discount good on all regular, sale, and clearance priced merchandise. For me health insurance is extremely important because I have been self-employed for the past eight years and was paying a whopping $400.00 per month for basically the same insurance coverage. Working an average of just a few hours per week has provided huge returns. Iíve saved hundreds of dollars per month on health insurance and paid much less for brand-new brand-name clothing, home goods, and gifts than I would have otherwise.

    For example, when my 10-year old microwave went kaplooie I picked up a new one at my store for $15.00 (retail price $69). Other items I recently purchased include a toaster oven $7.00 (retail $49), new underwear $.85 per pair (retail $13 per pair), Reebok sneakers $12 (retail $75), a flat wall-mount mini remote stereo system $18 (retail $150), a bathrobe (for my dadís birthday $12 (retail $70), and many more items. This is just a few examples of items that I needed and have saved a great deal of money on just by working a few hours per week.

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    A friend of mine works for a large nationwide video rental store. By working a minimum of four hours per week he receives five free video rentals per week along with discounts on games and other goods sold by the store. Movie rentals on average cost around $4 so he is able to save $20 per week on rentals. Most importantly, though he also receives low cost health insurance for himself, his wife, and child, something he does not have at his full-time job. Another friend works part-time at her favorite restaurant (a chain restaurant) and as per company policy receives a free meal prior to beginning her shift. These are just a few of the many fringe benefits available to part-time moonlighters.

    The Key to Making the Most of Part-Time Work Benefits

    To make the most of a part-time job opportunity it is essential to ask yourself two questions.

    1.What is most important to you in terms of what adds value to your life or what needs you have.

    For me this meant finding a way to eliminate the high premiums of health insurance. Another important and essential requirement for me was to reduce costs associated with buying gifts for others, and needed goods for my home and myself. Moonlighting has added a great deal to my life in terms of meeting my needs and reducing my overall expenses.

    For my friend Len who works at the video store, having low cost health insurance coverage for himself and his family was essential. Moreover, because he is a huge movie buff the free video rentals allow him to thoroughly enjoy his hobby without breaking the bank. He also receives discounts on any videos or games he wants to purchase as well as free videos, posters, and other goods that the company needs to clear out. Len says that working at the video rental store is a perfect fit for him since he is such a movie buff and was in need of health insurance.

    Another friend, Kathy routinely enjoys eating meals at her favorite restaurant and feels that dining out adds value to her life. She gets to eat her favorite dishes for free without spending an average of $20 per meal, common at her restaurant. She also receives a discount when dining with friends or family at the restaurant. Kathy says that the benefits of working part-time more than pay for the minimum number of hours she is required to work.

    2.What hobbies, goods, and activities do you tend to spend the most money on?

    By answering this question, youíll be able to determine which companies would be most suitable as potential part-time places of employment. For example, if you like to ski then good choices would be to seek a part-time position at a ski resort or ski shop. If you like movies like Len, then a video rental store or a movie theater is a good bet. If you are like me and place a high value on decorating your home and purchasing nice clothing then a national retail store (one you normally shop) is a good option. If you like to dine out frequently like Kathy, then your favorite restaurants are great places to start. If books are your passion working at your favorite bookstore will get you a nice discount on books and other items sold at the store.

    To determine which companies and benefits would make a good fit for you simply call each of your targeted companies and ask. This is how I found out about the benefits of the store I work at and ultimately selected it over other retail stores.

    Regardless of what your hobby, activity, or need is, there is a company out there that is in dire need of good part-time employees and will be more than willing to provide you with a flexible schedule and great fringe benefits for working a minimum number of hours. So next time you think moonlighting is just a way to make extra money, it could actually be an excellent way to save money. By looking at the big picture youíll be able to see that what you donít receive in pay can be more than made up for in money-saving benefits.

    Jona is an instructional designer, web and graphic designer, and technical and business writer. When she isnít working on client projects, she can be found updating her personal project,, a website dedicated to those seeking to simplify their lives. Jona has been practicing simple living/voluntary simplicity for over 10 years and is available for speaking engagements. Contact her at

    Re: How Part-Time Work (Moonlighting) Can Save You Money

    Good point about the benefits of PT work. I have a part time job where I work five hours a week, doing the same thing I do at my dayjob. Because the PT gig is union, though, I make fifty percent more. Since I have health insurance thru my other job, my PT employer reimburses me for my premiums (about $50/month). Also, in January I will have been there two years, and they'll begin matching 5 percent in my 403b account.

    The catch? It's not very family friendly. Difficult to get time off to care for my son if he's sick, and it was very hard to get support for using my breast pump at work, even though I started there when my son was only six weeks old.


      Very sublime information and nice effort is visible in the article.if you are suffering from finance problems and can not manage your expenses in a particular wages you need to do a part time job which can help you get more and extra money.part time jobs are also a source of finance solution.if you do a part time job you can manage your finance issues very easily.