- childcare (daycare, preschool, before and after care, etc.)
- transportation (gas for commuting to and from work, maintenance on your car, etc.)
- convenience spending (frozen entrées or meals from the drive-through, dry cleaning, etc.)
- self-indulgences (extended vacations or occasional treats...because you work so hard)
The cost of transportation can be reduced or eliminated by telecommuting or working a contract position that requires less hours and time between assignments.
The stress of a traditional schedule fosters convenience spending and self-indulgences when we feel like there just are not enough hours in a day to eat breakfast, make lunch, or sit down to a healthy dinner. We begin to feel like we work so hard and see so little of our families, that we deserve a longer vacation, that membership to the family gym, or a few trips to the ice cream parlor.
What a tired workforce needs, is not more hours in the day but a flexible, more family friendly schedule.