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Pinching Yennies - 2

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   The survey mentioned in yesterday’s posting detailed the spending habits of salarymen, finding that the average price for lunch, while up eight yen, was only ¥518, suggesting that the “one-coin lunch”[1] trend was as strong as ever. 30.7% of salarymen’s lunches consisted of bentô brought to work from home, up from 28% last year. 24.9% of lunches were bentô that had been purchased (down from 25.2%). 19.2% of lunches were eaten out (up from 17.3%). And finally 17.2% of lunches were served by their company's canteen.

   When out drinking, salarymen in 2013 spend on average ¥3,474 (up 614 yen), bringing the amount up to the 2011 level. This, however, is the third lowest amount since 1999 when the survey began inquiring about spending habits.

   40-year-olds are spending an average of 905 yen more this year when out drinking (¥3,525); 50-year-olds, 1,284 yen more (¥4,114).

   On average, salarymen go drinking 2.2 times per month (down 0.2), spending ¥7,689, an increase of ¥746 over last year, which witnessed the lowest amount spent on drinking outside. This year is the second lowest.

   Of those salarymen who control the family finances, only 6% said they intended to increase their own allowances. 5.5% replied that they would lower it. The remaining 88.5% said that they didn’t expect to see any change in the amount of pocket money they had.


   Data provided by article published in My Navi News.


[1] Lunch which can be purchased with a single five-hundred yen coin. ¥518 is equivalent to about $5.19 at the time of this writing.

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