For number two â€“ is it just the commute that is the issue? If so you are 24 now â€“ an adult â€“ it would make sense to move out on your own â€“ find an apartment closer to work so you are not wasting your time commuting. If the rent is high â€“ find a roommate to share expenses. That is what I did at 24.
I am assuming both these jobs are full time hours â€“ which as an adult you should have including other benefits an adult needs. This is even for those adults that do not want or have a need to be rich. You should be putting yourself in a position to independent.. not relying on your parents. So you would need health benefits, putting away money for when you do want to retire â€“ this may be great for you where it seems your monetary expectations are small. If you live moderately you could retire young. I had a boss who retired in his low 40s. Just remember you will need money to retire unless you want to work when you are 60, 70 , 80. It has nothing to do with living an elaborate live style but keeping a roof over your head and supporting yourself completely.
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There's still one more thing I'd like to know. Should I work hard and earn a lot of money or enjoy my life by working for a company with lower effort and lower income?
It depends on how much harder you need to work --- and how much less the income is --- you do need to weigh both because if you are working so many hours you cannot enjoy the money you earn then what good is it? And the flip side if you earn so low - you will never be independent and will have to work your entire life.
You should also look towards what is the future potential at each of these jobs. Say for instance the higher paying job - you can never move up earn more money basically will pretty much stay the same. Whereas this lower paying job has huge potential - a year from now if you show yourself you get a raise maybe a promotion. You could end up earning more long run in the lower paying job.
Also which do you like more? Is one more engaging and interesting?
Which company has more perks? Does the lower paying job, say have free lunches every day? Have bonuses? Tuition reimbursement?
There is so much more to a job than just the pay.