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lechatnoir Thu 18-Jun-09 09:32:49

I'm hoping to become a SAHM but do need to bring in some regular income each month but can only work when my DH is home in the evening/weekend so the obvious answer seems to be a few hours in the local supermarket. Has anyone given up a career and done similar?

And if you work in a supermarket are you able to give me a rough idea if it is indeed possible to just do a couple of evenings and the odd weekend or whether most will require a bigger commitment? And what sort of money I'd be coming out with each month?


Loopymumsy Thu 18-Jun-09 20:55:44

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lechatnoir Thu 18-Jun-09 22:15:08

Thanks Loopymumsy. TBH I'm hoping to avoid weekend work for the same reasons.

My mum is happy to have the children 1 day a week so that plus maybe 2 evenings might earn me enough to SAH.

leo69 Mon 22-Jun-09 13:45:26

I've worked two nights a week for the last 10 yrs! Although it is handy but won't be able to take off any time at xmas, easter, and other major hols..a real pain!

sparklefrog Mon 22-Jun-09 18:38:17


I worked at Tesco for a while. They don't take anyone on (to my knowledge) that wont commit to at least one day/evening that is a weekend day. Sunday's are paid at time and a premium, so they usually want you to work a shift on Friday eve/Saturday daytime/eve or Sunday for the whole day, but because of the pay structure, Sunday's are usually fully staffed. Saturday's are paid as any other day. Staff can also be required to agree to cover bank hols too.
No one is allowed any time off during December (apart from 2 days the company give you as 'shopping days, and they do this because otherwise no staff would have chance to do their xmas shopping.)
School hols, especially the 6 weeks hols are usually booked up months in advance, so you'll be lucky to get those off either.

Alot of mums I knew either put up with doing one weekend day/eve, or worked overnight shelf stacking, so didn't impact on their DC so much.

Almost every woman that worked at Tesco when I did had DC, and they would all have dearly loved the weekend free, but the needs of the business have to come first.

Another thing I noticed was alot of people being told that if they accepted their hrs to start with, they would easily be able to change their hrs/days at a later stage.
IME this never ever happened. I tried, unsuccessfully, along with many others to change one of my weekend shifts for almost 2 years, but it never ever happened for a variety of reasons.


Good Luck.

sparklefrog Mon 22-Jun-09 18:41:52

Forgot to say, I worked Fri eve, Saturday daytime and all day Sunday, so was really hoping to drop one of those shifts to have at least one day free at weekend. I was a single parent at the time, and ended up spending almost no quality time with my DC, but needed the money. Tesco would not budge.

Do you have a preference for checkout or shop floor?

karenleigh Tue 14-Jul-09 12:09:26

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sheepgomeep Thu 16-Jul-09 10:32:11

i just do 15 hours a week shelf stacking in asda. but i do have to work at least one weekend day a week. Also asda don't pay time and a half on sundays (sainsbury's do though)so I actually refused to work a sunday, I do a sat night instead.

It just depends on your contract when you are taken on.

Ripeberry Thu 16-Jul-09 10:40:23

Have you thought about other types of evening work? Home carers for the elderly, visit clients in their homes and are paid mileage costs and the pay is much higher , typically £7.50 to £9 an hour.
If you put yourself down as a 'Bank worker' you can choose your hours and you can accept or decline work.
Most of the work is for the elderly and most are very nice. Depending on your area you may get some younger dissabled people.
But it's better than working in a care home as the pay is very low and most of the patients are very ill or have dementia so you can't interact with them much.
There are lots of evening jobs out there, don't just go to friend always told me NEVER to.

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