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Why we need two incomes nowadays

"It's down to a combination of many factors: *Prior to WW2, most families could not get by on one income. Dad worked, mom worked around the house and sometimes in a factory or other capacity. Many kids also worked on the farm or in the plant. Labo..."

ELI5 Why we need two incomes nowadays

"Since women entered the workforce, the market has adjusted to match two incomes, plus there is real economic value in having a homemaker (cheap cooked meals, babysitting, etc)."