(Closed) How far does your dollar go? Spin off

posted 6 years ago in Money
Post # 3
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Pokemon:  $1.55AUD a litre is like paying almost $6.50USD a gallon!  Holy cow.  

Post # 4
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Minimum wage is $23/hr? That’s awesome! It’s about 1/3 as much in most parts of the US.

My husband and I make $170,000/yr before bonuses. We pay about $2,500 month for our 2 bedroom townhouse just outside San Francisco. It’s really nice, in a newly trendy area, but not in one of the top desireable areas (where we would have easily paid $3000-4000/mo for the same thing)

Milk is $3.99/gallon at the cheap stores and $4.99 at the nice stores.

The bread I buy is about $2.99

Gas is $4/gallon (most expensive in the lower 48 states, still doesn’t hold a candle to what the rest of the world pays)



Post # 6
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live outside SF as well and sacrificed fun and good location for cheaper rent.

We live in a gated community in a not so nice town for $1695. Garage plus covered parking space, 2 bedrooom. no air (dont need it here). 950 sq fet

Gas is now about $3.70 per gallon.

We both commute an hour to work in opposite directions.

We make (OK not sure considering bonus) about 230K. We are pretty serious about savings so a lot of that goes to retirement/down payment savings.

When we have kids and want to buy in a half decent neighborhood we are looking at 850K minimum for a very small house.   If we were to live here, which we do not plan on.

We dont really buy milk but I think the cheapest ais about 350 a gallong. organic is about $5

Mimimum wage in San Francisco I think is about mid $10.

Post # 7
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’ll check Japan today as I don’t buy gas, or drink milk.

Post # 8
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m in a less expensive part of the US, when we were renting it was about $900/mo for a 2 bedroom apartment, gas is about $3.25 a gallon, and milk is about $4/gallon.  We bake our own bread but flour is pretty cheap (less than $1/pound)

Our current mortgage is under $800 (30 yr fixed, tax, homeowners ins.) for a 3 bed/2.5 house with 2 car garage and a fenced yard.  I think min wage here is $7.25 which is pretty terrible, so I’m really glad my Fiance has a good job (I don’t work).

Post # 9
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I live in PA. Minimum wage is $7.25, so I’m thankful I make more than that at both jobs. I make approximately $35k between two jobs. $500 a month for my one bedroom apartment. Gas is like $3.47 a gallon and milk is around $4 a gallon.

Post # 10
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I live in Northern VA

I earn $58kish BEFORE tax, 401k, insurance, etc.

Min wage is $7.25/hour

I rent a 1 bedroom apartment (less than 800 square feet) for $1300/month before utilities.

milk i pay $2-$3 gallon? (ETA: I actually have no idea b/c I never buy milk)

Fuel (gas) I paid $3.47/gallon last time I filled up

bread is $3-$4 a loaf. $2/loaf for cheap white.

Post # 11
1630 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

I earn roughly (not including bonuses) $35k per year after tax

Min wage is around $9.50/hr! Not good.

I rent a 1 bedroom plus den, top floor of a house house in a sought after neighborhood in uptown. Large backyard (Shared). 20 minute subway commute to work in the heart of the city. I pay $1450/month. This is cheap for my area…

milk. I only buy soy or almost milk and it is usually about $2.99-$3.25 for a carton.

Fuel (gas) is about 1.2 cents per litre

bread is $2.99 per loaf at a nice bakery.

Post # 12
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Wow, it seems like the US is really bad with it’s min wage.

Post # 13
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@housebee:  yup!  In the DC area, a person will have to work something like 250 hours per month to be able to afford a 2 bedroom apartment on min. wage.

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