Weekend Assignment #307: Common wisdom, these days, backed up by actual statistics if I had time to look them up, tells us that as a nation we’ve been working harder in recent years just to maintain the same level of financial solvency. Recession-related unemployment and underemployment aside, do you find this is true for your family?Extra Credit: Is overtime something you take on willingly? Why or why not?
As I so often do, I’ll tackle the extra credit first:
As far as the primary question goes, I think it’s not as true for our family as it is for some others, but it certainly could be. At this point, we try to manage our budget from the expense side of things, but realistically, that can only go so far – at some point, supplementing income becomes the only way to get ahead. Both my husband and I have been in our current jobs for several years – long enough that, in current economic conditions, changing jobs might not necessarily mean dramatically better salaries (and would almost certainly mean a loss in paid time off and other benefits). The part-time custody arrangements for my stepchildren make for an irregular schedule for second jobs or even pursuing freelance work, although it’s something we could -and might have to – explore as the kids get older.
Having said that, I really try to appreciate how relatively well off we are – both employed at respectable salaries with established organizations. It definitely takes both of us being employed to keep our heads above water, though, and I keep my fingers crossed every day that it stays that way. Either that, or one of those lottery tickets my husband buys every week finally turns up a winning number…
What do you think? You have until next Wednesday at 6 PM to give us your thoughts, either as a blog entry or in the comments on the main Weekend Assignment at Oupost Mâvarin. If you do write a blog entry, please mention the Weekend Assignment, and leave a link to your entry in the comments thread on the main post.