How Much Is Your Time Worth?

Today’s post is written TS Hendrik, writer and creator of the hilarious blog, The Non-Review. I’ve been reading The Non-Review for quite a while and recommend you do the same.

Recently, while I was in a laundromat (guess what I was doing? No, laundry ya’ perv…), I had some time to think. While I was sitting there, a woman entered with a small plastic bag of clothes, and headed for the machine closest to the door. Now, this particular machine is a hulking beast. It’s meant to do blankets or 5 months worth of clothes at a time. I watched as she dumped her shopping bag’s worth of clothes into it and began pumping in the coins at a frenzied pace. After adding detergent, she was out the door. Gone from my life as quickly as she had entered.

Once again I was alone with my thoughts, and that’s rarely a good thing.

It began to nag at me. It’s only about 10 steps from the iron giant to the smallest and cheapest machine. So why would she go for the bigger machine, when she could have saved money and gotten the same results? The only conclusion I could reach was that her spare time must be that valuable. With only lint tumbleweed around to provide entertainment, I decided to do little math.

Now the way I see it, by going to the larger machine, she saved herself five seconds, but spent $5.50 more. Assuming that this is indeed her free time to do such trivial things as chores, that means her spare time must be worth more than $5.50 every five seconds. To put it another way, every minute of her precious time is worth 66 bucks. That’s 3960 dollars an hour her time is worth. Some people work hard to make that much in a month! And this is just her off time we’re talking. But I decided to take it further.

What if her spare time were to get a full time job?>

  • 40 hour work week at her current spare time: $158,400
  • In a month: $633,600
  • For a year: $7,603,200

And remember, to justify not walking the extra steps to another washer, means that her time is worth more than that. More than 7.6 million dollars a year! Unfortunately, my figuring didn’t stop there…

See, I too was doing laundry. I had come in with two loads worth. But rather than use the smallest available, I used the medium machine and combined the loads. In doing so, I saved myself $1.00. I also saved about a minute in loading time. That means that for every 60 seconds, my spare time is worth -1 dollar, since in this instance, any money saved is negative. That means that for every hour, my time is worth less than -6000 dollars.

So what if my spare time were to get a full time job?

  • 40 hour work week: -$240,000
  • In a month: -$960,000
  • In a year: -$11,520,000

That’s pretty humbling.

So what can I conclude from all of this? After all the math is said and done, I realize that not only is my time worth less, but since I was able to take the time to figure all this out… My time is pretty worthless.

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  • You forgot to calculate the additonal 5 seconds it would have taken her to walk the same distance as she left, then came back, then left again. Of course you would also have to factor in the distances from the washing machines to dryers as well.

    • Dear mercy man, why are you giving me more things to figure?!

      • I think we need to return to the laundromat with an abacus or two.

  • See, you shouldn’t have done the math!
    Wonder how much time she saves illegally parking in handicap spots?

    • Illegally DOUBLE parking in handicap spots. Also, probably saves a lot of time. Those handicap get the best spots ever.

  • Well, I don’t think your time is worthless. Your math is endearing& accurate as hell. (You’re hired.) lol

    • If his time were worthless and we’re spending OUR time reading about his time, then what does that make our time worth?

  • This made me laugh! This is the type of thing my husband would sit down to figure out.

  • Are you sure you aren’t an engineer? I have an engineer husband who thinks like this. I just shake my head. (It’s easier than wrapping it around all those numbers).

  • You’re not worthless! And don’t let math tell you any differently.

  • Great one Tim. “Good Will Hunting?” in a laundromat. The drawing is pretty darn good also!

  • TS rocks. Math scares me, but this was presented in a brilliant way. Man, I hate laundromats, yet I’m there every week.

  • This is a great example of why TS is one of my favorite bloggers. Those brain cells go in such fascinating directions. I’m grateful to live in a house wherein I no longer have to pay for laundry. I’d hate to find out how worthless my life is.

  • What the hell r u wasting your time at Lmat calculations?…knock on some silicon valley doors….
    u may get a chance at fancier maths and fancier worthless findings.

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