Lots of reading material this week. Kim Palmer quoted me in her US News money column, which was then reprinted at Yahoo Finance. The piece was called “Can I Afford a House, Car, and Vacation?” My point on houses was that there are various calculations out there on what you can spend, but spending a higher percentage of your income on housing means you can spend less on other things: trips, dinners out, a cleaning service, etc. Those might actually make you happier than a more expensive house.
I’m also the featured “Nestpert” over at TheNest.com (TheKnot.com’s companion site for newlyweds). The article “How To Save 7+ Hours Every Day.” Wow, there’s a bit of time saving inflation going on! Some of these tips are mine and some are not (I’ve never recommended Rescue Time) but we did get my American Time Use Survey stats on how long the average woman spends cooking per day in there.
Speaking of the ATUS, I’m introducing it over at BNET to some commenters who can’t believe that there is such a statistic that full-time working women work 46 fewer minutes per work day than full-time working men. There have been, oh, about 20 articles on the pay gap between men and women over at BNET lately, some more inflammatory than others. I mention that men work more than women, and then show some areas where one can find extra minutes to work if you want. This particular piece is called “Get Dressed Like a Man” and highlights the benefits of spending less time on personal care. I’m just astounded by the people saying that doesn’t make sense since personal care time comes before work hours so it can’t affect work hours. Um, not everyone has a job where you show up right at 9AM and punch a clock. I personally am typing this instead of showering right now, so yes, it does affect things. Housework is another area to trim, as is shopping. Those give you the extra 46 minutes without cutting childcare, TV, exercise or sleep.
Also on BNET this week, “Outsource Your Way To Success.” In this post, I highlight the finding from the Count Me In organization (which I wrote a USA Today column about last summer) that women business owners who crossed the $1 million mark in revenue all got their groceries delivered. Before their businesses hit it big. They know that time is valuable. Time spent in the grocery store is time you’re not chasing the next $100,000 client. No one else can sleep or exercise for you, build your business like you can, nurture your family like you can. But someone else can definitely get your groceries to your front door. Better to take that time back for more important things.