(Closed) For Married Couples—-Household income question

posted 5 years ago in Money
Post # 3
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I make 13, not sure what husband makes. Maybe 30+?

I certainly feel like I should be contributing more. I always feel guilty. His salary is fine though.

Post # 4
3755 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Not married but living together 2 years, getting married in April.

We both make around 50 each. The bills are always paid and we do put some into savings (one acct for wedding one for future house). The goal is to get the CC debt paid off and really start banking for the house. I can’t wait until my money isn’t tied up in wedding stuff!!! Don’t get me wrong, I’m so excited for it. 🙂

Post # 5
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It might help to note the location (expensive or affordable city? town? etc) as it will affect how people feel about their finances. 

Some may make less but are rollin’ in dough because housing in their area is cheap, while others may make 6+ figures but are living in closets and still feel behind.



Post # 6
9190 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We’re in our early 30s and are finally making some halfway decent money for the first time ever.  We both make about 50k and the cost of living here is pretty low, so we’re able to save quite a bit.  Our goal for the next couple years is to set aside an entire salary into IRAs, savings, and investments each year…

Post # 7
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I make about $80k

He makes about $100k

We live in a 2-bedroom home and can still not afford to have 2 kids in daycare simultaneously because we live in the San Francisco Bay Area. After takes, housing, food, etc we currently save $4-5k a month, but daycare is almost $2k a month here for a baby – at a normal average non-fancy daycare. Terrifying! We don’t even have 2 cars, haha!

Post # 8
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

A big part of this depends on where you live. I make half the salary I did in NYC but am so much richer living now living somewhere the cost of living isn’t insane. I always felt broke in NYC pulling in 6 figures. Now I make half that but own a home, have furnishing I would have never afforded before, save money, new car etc.. 

$80,000 a year means living like a king in some places and a pauper in others.

Post # 9
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I make 60, dh freelances so it can vary a bit, but I’d say on average around 80.

We live in an extremely affordable city though, so we’re able to afford to buy/do the things we want to while still having a healthy savings account.  

Post # 10
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013


My salary: Was 22K (FT w/ benefits) before I got pregnant and quit

DH’s Salary: 80K a year before bonuses

Happy: Definitely! We are very comfortable, consistantly contribute to our savings, and 20% of his paycheck goes straight into the 401K.

Post # 11
3340 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

We’re both 26, and we have steadily climbed the career ladder each year since moving to the VA/MD/DC area.  We make about $130K combined.  It’s an almost even split.  He makes a little more than me now.  But before he got his latest promotion, I made more than him.  😉

We definitely don’t have to worry about money because we don’t live paycheck-to-paycheck.  But we are careful with spending and always make sure to earn more money than we spend.  However, it never feels like enough.

Post # 12
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are both 25–


I make $30k

He makes $45k

We live in the South 

We do pretty much whatever we want, but sometimes it still seems like it’s not enough! 

Post # 13
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Combined we make something over $120k (before taxes of course) and even though our savings have been depleted after paying for our wedding and also putting a downpayment on a house, I think we are doing pretty well (but of course could always be making more!).  I work in Chicago but we live in IN where the cost of living is cheaper (plus there is less for us to go out and do so I guess that is cheaper too…).  

We are pretty good about setting aside money (we each auto transfer $350 from our personal accounts into our shared account which goes towards bills, mortgage, groceries, and other shared stuff), then whatever is left is up to us.  What helps me a lot is splitting up my paychecks so that a percentage automatically goes into savings.

Post # 15
1319 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

@RedRose1979:  We both make about 45k per year.  We live just south of Seattle, WA are always feel low on cash!!

Post # 16
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014



I make nothing as a stay at home mom.  My husband makes well into the six figures.  We live in Rhode Island.

We make enough to save and live a very comfortable lifestyle with three children.

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