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Published September 21 2012

‘Comeback Moms’ | A manual on how to leave the professional ranks, raise children and return

In the book “Comeback Moms,” a manual on how to leave the professional ranks, raise children and eventually return, authors Monica Samuels and J.C. Conklin say when a worker earning $30,000 gross annually, about $26,000 is tied up in the costs of working, such as taxes, clothing, eating out, transportation and child care.

“So the question for you is: Can you cut $4,000 a year out of your budget? If you can’t do that at the moment then make a plan so you can do it in a year or two years,” they write.

Some suggestions in the book for reducing expenses include:

• Switch to cheaper phone and cable plans

• Cancel subscriptions to unread magazines

• Trade in one of your cars for an older, less expensive model

• Cut down on eating out and prepackaged convenience foods

• Adjust your thermostat a degree lower in the winter and higher in the summer