Post # 1
Browsing boards, it just occured to me that it seems as if the majority of bees are pretty well off. I see lots of huge diamond rings and ladies talking about $10,000+ budgets, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, I was on a REALLY tight budget. I made all the food myself, had a CD for music and our honeymoon was 2 day stay in a hotel an hour away courtesy of my mom.
DH is self employed as an auto body mechanic and I work for a non-profit organization in a group home setting. I make $9.18/hour.
I’m just wondering if there are any bees out there in the same boat? I wanted there to be some support for the lower-income brides out there, especially considering today’s economy.
Post # 3
While neither of us are minimum wage, we are quite broke. Lol. FI has a buttload of student loans and old credit card debt that takes up a good chunk of his income every month and I just have an okay hourly pay rate. We live just outside Chicago and while it’s cheaper than living in the city, it’s still expensive.
Post # 4
Yeah we are broke here. At the moment we are both in school still and make lousy money. FI makes 9.50 an hour, I make 8.29 an hour. And we both only work part time. Wont go into details but yeah we’re BROKE. For now. He finish’s school this month, I finish next May. Oh it will be nice!!! But wedding planning for us being so broke is hard, but fun finding all the crafty ways to save some money and DIY things 🙂
Post # 5
@hopefullbeee: Trust me, you are not the only one in the boat. I am not wealthy by any means. We struggle and I think a lot of people do, its just hard to admit it sometimes.
I also work for a low wage and we are paying for our elopement/court house ceremony ourselves. I have put myself through college and to be honest, wouldn’t have it any other way. Sure it would be nice to have more money, but I have worked really hard for what we have and it makes me appreciate it so much more.
I am glad you started this post. I was starting to feel a bit alone.
Post # 6
I have noticed that too :/
Neither of us are min wage; although FI was not too long ago. I am a little ways from min wage but it feels like I might as well be!
Living at home to pay off debt and save is helping but bills are just so much! Car payment, insurance, phone bill being the 3 main expenses right now. It feels like I just can’t get ahead.
I can’t wait for the day that I have all of my debts paid off and can actually start saving all of my extra income!
Post # 7
I’m pretty much min wage and FI is around $13/hr. But he has loans and whatnot to pay off. And I’m paying on my school loans and still in school (which i now pay out of pocket). Our budget it really low especially since we’re trying to buy a house at the same time. $5000 or below for the wedding and a $5000 downpayment (hopefully).
Post # 8
we’re not minimum wage but we definitely can’t be spending $10k+ on a ring!
Post # 9
Thank god I’m not the only one!! I was hoping to get a response that was supportive and I got many!!
DH and I have been working to get our bills in order. We’ve finally gotten caught up on our house payment and all of our past due bills and right now are looking for better ways to save money, like switching to a less expensive cell phone provider and signing up for local energy to save on the light bill.
I’m a bargain hunter by nature and sometimes I feel left out shopping with friends because a lot of them make more money than I do & can afford to drop loads of cash on clothes and accessories while I’m looking for the best deal on laundry detergent.
Sometimes I beat myself up about it because I am a college dropout & I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes to get me where I am today, but I’m on track to making it better.
Post # 10
I work a second seasonal job for the corporate discount that pays minimum wage. I really opened my eyes on the struggles for those that only have minimum wage to rely on.
Post # 11
both of us are 10 and change an hour. I’m in school, racking up debt, in the hopes that when i graduate that can change, but he’s using his degree already and still making crap money. It’s hard. I feel like if we could move to a slightly more urban area, it would help. Maine doesn’t really have “cities” but some areas offer more in the ways of money and jobs than others…
Post # 12
@Future Tompkins: I’m a Maine bee too! In a kind of urban area I guess, but I’m originally from the county…nothing up there.
Post # 13
During the time of our wedding I was working minimum wage $7.25 an hr part time. I quit the job though because in the end I was breaking even with gas and the cost of lunch since I only got 15 minutes for lunch and couldn’t use the fridge… grrrr! The job was super stressful too I don’t know how I stayed there as long as I did. My DH was making $10 an hour at that time so we had a budget wedding that my grandmother stepped in and helped us finish paying for so we could have a honeymoon and dinner at the reception and such. We had a very lovely day even with all the DIY’s I made.
Post # 14
I’m a grad student and work for an hourly pay rate that is pretty darn close to minimum wage, and right now I am only part time. FI was entry level in his profession and FINALLY got a pay raise this year, after being in his career for 4 years. We are pretty much broke. We have student loans, a car payment, a used-car loan payment, a house payment, and almost all of my money goes to grad school tuition every semester.
I was working for significantly more than minimum full time, but had to quit that job because of a hostile work environment, stress, and the fact that they would not work with my school schedule, which required me to take 40 hours a semester off to observe in schools.
I plan to teach in public schools by next year, but I work with quite a few married and pregnant women. The only way they are making more than minumum is that they have been with the company for many years, getting laughable raises every year. One girl has been there so long that when she got promoted to a shift supervisor, she started out making LESS money than before she was promoted. For most of my coworkers, the job is mainly for affordable health insurance and some extra money. They could NOT live on those wages.
Post # 15
DH is a military recruiter, so he makes much more than I do. But I’m a minimum wage bee.. it’s new for me, too. I was at my last job 3 years before we had to move for the military, making 11 dollars an hour. Granted, that’s not a whole lot, but it’s better than 8.00 an hour, just above minimum wage. :- But hey, ya do what ya gotta do!! I’m planning on going back to college in January if at all financially possible.. so I will probably work less hours, making less money..yada yada.
Post # 16
I make $9/hr at my first job and $9.40/hr at my second. My FI makes $25/hr. We are both still finishing school! My parents are paying for your wedding.