Post # 32
If he made 50% more than we’d be at the combo salary we’re at now.
But I feel like both of us need to work now, so we can save up and enjoy an early retirement. If I quit working, then that would only delay retirement.
Post # 33
He would have to make 170k.
Post # 34
Right now we make almost the same amount, over 100k each. So he’d have to be pulling in almost 250k for me to stay home and not lose our current lifestyle. We don’t want kids though so honestly it will probably never happen that I stay at home. There’s not really a reason for it, although I’d totally love to!
Post # 35
@GG_Vega: Thanks for input! I appreciate all views. I have a friend who is also a stay-at home wife and she is not lazy in the slightest. I appreciate your comment, and I’m glad you can support your SO!
Post # 36
I’m a “stay at home” and it has absolutely NOTHING to do laziness. I find such a statement to be completely ignorant and blanketed.
@GG_Vega: +1, I find it incredibly interesting that the judgement is very one sided when it comes to this topic.
Post # 37
@MrsR2014: for us it would depend on our living expenses. Right now, I just got a raise and we’re comfortable, once our debt is paid off (FH has BIG student loan payments) we’ll be laughing. For me to be comfortable staying home, the way things are right now he’d have to make at least $75,000, without the debts, $60,000. If we had a house, we’d be around $80-90,000 before I’d be comfortable. I’m a planner and a budgeter, I’d have to look at the numbers really carefully before I decided to leave my job and have a single income family.
Post # 38
@bella128: Ugh, that is my DREAM. Unfortunately with our student loans and my FI’s earning potential (well, lack of it…MFA in Fine Arts, ugh) its never going to be an option. I am going to live vicariously through you!
Post # 39
For ME, I’d say probably $150k-$200k at minimum (we’re planning on having 3 kids, saving to send them to college, living in a major metro area, etc), but for HIM, I think it would probably closer to $300k+, since he wants to be able to do all of my things plus go on vacation, be able to buy nice cars, go out to eat, etc.
Post # 40
Thanks for the input everyone! I was just curious. I don’t think I would consider not working until our house, cars, and our kid’s college was all paid off. Not to mention a healthy retirement fund haha.
But I salute all those women who stay-at-home too! Lord knows you are all on the clock 24-hours.
Post # 41
Considering we live just fine off of 30K combined a year (we both work in the food service industry, so gotta factor tips in there as well), we might have to cut out a few things, but I think we’d be fine. However, I don’t think I’d want to be a stay-at-home mom, necessarily. Even though there’d obviously be a baby to take care of, I get super bored sitting at home on my days off. There is only so many times I can vacuum or do the dishes and whatnot. The same would go for being a stay-at-home wife – I would get too bored!
Of course, when/if we have kids, my attitude might change, and I might want to stay home with them all the time. It’s hard to say for definite right now!
Post # 42
I would never stay at home but if he made $60-$70,000 I would work a job I like. I would work with animals all day!
Post # 43
I hope that once we decide to have kids SO will be making enough for me to be able to stay at home with them, at least for a year. Where we live right now, 75k would be enough to do that. But we do NOT want to have kids where we live right now, so I can’t truthfully answer that because I don’t know the cost of living where we will eventually wind up. I’m going to say 125K and be optimistic though haha. 🙂
Post # 44
Right now, we live off of DH’s salary, but I don’t just stay at home, I’m in school. We’re doing ok on his salary alone, even though right now I feel a little poor (from buying a house), but we are still living comfortably and have savings.
Eventually, I do want to earn money. I think if Darling Husband was making 200k that would be enough for me to maybe look into other things not making money.
Post # 45
I voted 70-90k. I’d be more comfortable if it were more like 100-150k, but we could be fine with 70-90 (and, in all honesty, I’m sure we could make it work for less). I’m very thankful that Darling Husband works in a fairly high-paying field (engineering) where this will actually be a possibility. I likely will want to go back to work some day, but I want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom while our kids are little (at least until they go to school).
Post # 46
Honestly, a lot more than is on your poll. Probably more like $250K before I would think about it.