Post # 1
Hypothetically, in your dream scenario, how much would it take combined with your partner to be content and comfortable in life?
Edit: this is assuming you’re not living in a freakishly high cost of living area
I think I would be happy (assuming we have zero debt) at 150k.
Post # 2
This is going to vary wildly depending on where people live. My husband and I live very comfortably with a combined salary of about 140k, but we could still continue to live within our means with probably half of that. We have a very low cost of living where I live. Our current situation allows us to save a significant amount each month.
Post # 3
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I plan to live in Annapolis, MD or the DC suburbs, so its relatively expensive. My goal is to eventually make more than my parents. If I ever make it through medical school and once my Fiance gets his engineering degree, I’d expect our household income to be between $300,000-$350,000. If we get very lucky and my Fiance gets a job like my dad, we’ll probably make upwards of $400,000.
Post # 4
we live in the UK so I dont know the exact conversion rate, but in £ we currently earn 28k before tax which I m pretty content with, ideally would want to hit mid 30s when we start our family but I know I can comfortable on what we have now anyway. (I dont know what it’s like the us, but when we get mortage that could be £100 a month cheaper than our rent, which isnt that strange in the Uk, it’s the deposits people struggle to raise).
Post # 5
DH has several hundred thousand dollars of debt, so I voted $180K+. We make about that now, but it’s nowhere near enough for us to live comfortably. We live in NYC currently, but we do not plan to stay here past 2020.
We’d ideally be happy with somewhere around $350-400K.
Post # 6
location makes such a difference! We are quite comfortable and have zero debt besides our mortgage but we are solidly middle class (arguably upper middle class) in Boston. Our salaries would make us a rich in other parts of the country.
Post # 7
My projected salary once I graduate is about 60-80k. My fiancé has had odd jobs averaging at around 25k.
Right now, our combined income is about 40k, and we still live very comfortably. Not luxuriously, but comfortably. We are able to pay for all of our bills/expenses and still have some left over for entertainment.
Im excited for the increase soon! I wouldn’t mind a little luxury.
Post # 8
Hubby and I have a combined of 115k
We struggle still, cost of living is super high where we live.
Post # 9
Currently we are at 100k combined but after I finish my program that will go up to 130k. And both of our jobs have opportunities for increased salaries as we gain experience and with time. But we are in an expensive city so it rarely feels like we have any ‘extra’ money.
Post # 10
I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom but bring in 20k a year ( part owner of a nursing home) and hubby is at 95k. I feel pretty happy with our situation, though it seems to go quick with splurges, medical bills, cars, savings. 180k+ would be nice to worry a bit less when things come up.
Post # 11
Did you see the USA today article a couple of years ago? They did an article about how much a family of four would make to live the “American Dream”. This would be in an medium cost of living city. The American dream as defined as having an average house, at least 1 SUV, a big summer vacation, going out to eat, saving for college and retirement, having medical insurance, childcare, etc. It was $130K gross salary.
There were alot of commentators saying no that is too much, that this is too materialistic/consumeristic and people can be happy on a lot less. And then there were a few who said that sounded about right and then others who said it would take more like $200K to live comfortably in a HCOL city.
Post # 12
We live in an area with a relatively low cost of living, and live very comfortably on my husband’s $35-38k salary. We have minimal debt and no kids so this helps. I quit working for health reasons aside from an occasional freelance case, and those tend to net me an average $250-350 each.
Post # 13
I voted 60-80k. We live in a low cost area and plan to move to an even lower cost area (small town outside the city,nice town just not very expensive to live there). Right now we live comfortably but I was raised to be smart with my money so that plays a huge factor in how we live.
Post # 14
We live in the bay area and are $80k combined. If we could make double for one year we’d be debt free. Money is a constant stress and interferes with literally everything. Doing normal everyday adult things like going places, hanging out with friends, and buying regular staple items is hard as hell.
Post # 15
in the bay area with a family of 4 you’d need to be making way more than that, especially if you don’t own a house already or are rent controled… $120k for all that here is hilarious.