Workers Around the Globe Want to Scale Back in 2007
Work-life balance has been an increasingly hot topic over the last few years in the US. It appears that this trend will continue around the world as well in 2007. The website www.chinaview.cn has reported on an ACNielsen survey of consumers in 46 countries and found that "more than half of those interviewed wanted work to play a lesser role in their lives in 2007."
In addition, "Older children were also eager to see their parents work fewer hours in the New Year (41 per cent of 15- and 16-year-olds) although even more, 61 per cent, of 11-year-olds wanted their parents to spend more time with them."
We can only imagine what strategies will be utilized around the globe to make this happen, given the financial realities we all face.
Our strategy has often been to control expenses without drastically changing our standard of living. This year we plan to focus on the cost of feeding our family. Since we have tracked our expenses for years with Quicken, we were able to calculate how much it cost to feed our family on a cost per person per meal basis. We were intrigued by the answer of $2.50. This included ALL food purchases, such as groceries, dining out, coffee shops, lunches with colleagues, and pot luck contributions at parties, etc..
Maybe we can reduce this number by planning ahead for more meals, reducing some coffee house trips, and carrying a sack lunch to work more often. How much does it cost to feed your family? What strategies can you use to reduce family expenses in 2007?