Books at a discount represented a major problem for a bookworm like me. I often spent my entire paycheck at the bookstore. Why did I even bother cashing my check at the bank? I should have just signed it over to Rizzoli.
The same thing happened to me in Pittsburgh when I was hired to work part-time as a petite run-way model during the seasonal in-store fashion shows for the petite clothing line. On the day of the fashion shows, I received an employee discount. It was a generous discount and I generously shopped away my modeling paycheck at Saks.
Tired but Broke addresses that issue in a recent comment left on my post about part-time job opportunities.
"One thing I must add is that a part-time gig should not be at an establishment that will tempt you to spend the part-time pay check."--Tired but Broke
Of course, there are many perks of part-time jobs. This excellent piece from CNN.com. has a helpful list about part-time job perks. These benefits include:
1. Free tickets to cultural events (Ushers for plays, cinemas and museums).
2. Discount passes for theme parks or exhibits.
3. Employee shopping discounts: (books stores, clothing stores and other specialty retailers)
4. Free food: waiters and employees of catering firms, cafes and restaurants often get free meals.
5. Mentors: I've learned a lot from different co-workers at various part-time jobs.
6. Career advancement: I know of one bank executive, who began her career as a part-time receptionist during her college years. The contacts and knowledge that she acquired during her part-time stint led to a full-time, high-powered career move.
7. Extra money.
8. Enhanced time management skills: Anyone who works part-time while working or studying full-time becomes well-schooled on the ABCs of time management.
9. New skills: My son picked up extra organizational skills while working the cash register at a local pizza shop. Likewise, my stints as a part-time waitress also taught me a lot about efficiency and focus.
10. Appreciation. A second job really opened my eyes to the difficult tasks my parents faced while working extra hours in addition to their full-time professional careers as educators. Working along side seasoned cashiers,waitresses and clerks also made me sensitive to the financial difficulties faced by minimum wage and low-salaried employees, who work full time in stores, restaurants and other jobs. They often do a lot of work for little pay.
Here are the other part-time income stories I've written:
Different Types of Part-Time Jobs
How to Make a Part-Time Job Work: Tips from My Dad
How to Make a Part-Time Job Work: Tips From College Students
Putting Extra Paychecks to Work
The Frugal Duchess Booktique
The Frugal Duchess of Beauty Store
Book Shop of Fear
The Poetry & Drama Queen
Frugal Jazz & Blues
Frugal Comic Book Connection