(Closed) At which combined salary would you be happy?

posted 3 years ago in Relationships
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  • Post # 76
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    We live in the Bay Area and make $135k combined, 100 of that is him though. Since we’re planning a wedding it’s kind of hard right now but once that’s all over we will be comfortable. Until we have kids, then we will need way more for child care. I wanted kids right after the wedding but now I don’t know if we can afford it. 

    Post # 77
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Fiance and I are both college grads, great careers, 135K combined but we live in an expensive city and we live comfortably but couldn’t afford to buy a house here or save much. Though we are paying for our wedding cash and are debt-free.

    It feels like we live paycheck to paycheck even though we’re incredibly budget-consious. OH WELL.

    We’re planning on moving after the wedding cos it’s bullshit LOL

    Post # 78
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My DH and I and pup live outside of St. Louis so it is not a high cost of living, though slightly more than where I grew up in Iowa. We are in a comfortable 2 bed, 2 bath townhome now. We were at 35k last year but will be bumping it up to 80k in the years to come as I get a teaching job, with increases yearly. While DH was still in school and I was working as a para we were at 25k total or less! I felt poor but we were in a spacious 1 bed, 1 bath even still at that time. DH is in the first year of his teaching job now. I have been out of school for a few years now, so it seems slow going, but we’ll get to the point where we can be saving more and paying off the bit of debt we have completely.

    Post # 79
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    sarah2245 :  It is for the high-cost cities and areas that even over $100k doesn’t go far. Rural and smaller cities/towns, $100k goes plenty far, but salaries aren’t as high either.

    Post # 80
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

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    beverlykay :  I told my husband I’d be happy living under a bridge as long as I could be with him.  But we want kids so whatever allows us to meet all basic needs with kids 🙂

    We own a house and a car and a truck and our only debt is two student loans (one each), I think that’s more important that a specific amount.

    Post # 81
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: April 2017

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    xdanielle : That’s fair enough. It varies in England too, we’d be absolutely broke if this was our combined salary in London. I think we’ll stay up north!

     

    This is a really interesting thread though. I’ve been whinging about the house prices in our area being extortionate, after seeing this I’ll keep my mouth shut and count my blessings! 😂

    Post # 82
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    Newbee

    We live in Australia and while the cost of living in our city isn’t as high as Melbourne or Sydney, our combined AUD$185k sadly doesn’t get us very far. Mostly because we’re saving money for our first home and the areas we want to live in will be about $800k-1mill for an old house. I earn more than him because I work a lot more hours, but I know that can’t last forever because we’ll have kids soon and I’m getting pretty tired. We could live comfortably on 200-250k (I wish!) but then the temptation to upgrade on the house, upgrade cars, expensive private school for kids, etc etc might kick in. Everything is relative

    Post # 83
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    Bee Keeper

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    babeba :  Glad I’m not the only one thinking that!  lol we definitely make less than most in this thread, but I would consider us comfortable and happy. I consider us middle class, but I’m curious if we’d fall into others’ definition of middle class when a lot of y’all seem to earn 6 figures from a relatively young age…surprised

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