If you had a choice between saving an extra $50 a week or gaining an extra hour daily, what would you do? I vote for the extra hour, (seven hours a week). But more money beat out diet, time and sex, according to this recent survey from allyou.com/Shortcuts.com. Here is a snippet from the full survey results:
- Over half (57%) of those surveyed would rather save $50 an extra week
- vs. 31 % who would rather lose one clothing size
- or 6% who would opt for more sex
- or 6 % who would rather have an extra 60 minutes each day.
The Real Bonus
My choice: Please give me another hour every day! With an extra seven hours a week, I would use 33 % of the extra time to earn more money, 33% of the bonus time would be spent relaxing, and I would spend the remaining time with my children.
Here's another nugget from the poll:
"More women (45%) feel better when they’re cutting grocery costs vs. sticking to an exercise regimen (24%)."
Once again, I disagree with that allocation of time. A commitment to an exercise program can yield both long-term savings and better health. Preventive medicine and exercise represent savvy investments of time and money. Consider the cost of obesity.
The Power of Coupon Clipping
"Consumers are changing their spending habits, but not drastically. The survey, conducted by DMS Research with 5,877 respondents (5,250 females and 627 males), uncovered that small changes such as clipping more coupons, are taking precedence over large lifestyle adjustments like driving less or cancelling gym memberships.
Across all categories of spending, more women tend to be tightening their belts than men, cutting back on vacation, spending, and dining out.
The survey revealed:
Almost three-quarters of respondents (71%) are now clipping coupons;
Four in ten respondents (41%) consider treating themselves to something under $49 to be a splurge;
Even in a tough economy, just over one-quarter (28%) of respondents won’t give up purchasing quality items and 17% won’t give up buying their favorite beauty product
'We know how important saving money and saving time are these days, so we aren’t surprised with the findings that something as simple as using coupons – and increasingly, electronic coupons – is on the rise,' said Tara Trocki, director, AOL’s Shortcuts.com. 'This is a testament that using a free, simple service can lead to significant financial savings without having to make a major lifestyle adjustment.' "