(Closed) Married bees, how much $?

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Post # 2
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Does retirement and savings count as a “bill”?

Post # 4
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Honey bee

SaugaBride:  

We try to keep all expenses under 70% of income. Some years are more feast than famine when we’ve been well under 50%, which is great.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My fiance and I both work. Our bills are about 30% of our household income, we save about 50% which leaves 20% left over for fun money. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Our fixed monthly bills (not including utilities, transportation, food, and savings since those vary every month) are 30% of our take home pay. Adding in utilities, gas/public transportation, and groceries gets us to 50%. The rest is divided up between wants and savings. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

My husband is putting most of his income toward our mortgage (I paid the down payment).  So most of the savings are mine, technically.  Once taxes pull out 40%, I probably put another 20% toward bills, groceries, gas and all that good stuff. The rest goes into my savings.  We don’t do a ton of fun spending at the moment, for no real reason.  I guess in the end large chunks go to visiting our families who are alla  plane ride away.  I really wish he could as much as I am, but that’s what happens when you blow your cash on a house.  Someday he’ll save up as well.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Like 2k after bills and savings but before food. Our food bill varies greatly based on how often we eat out a month (which can be a lot!)

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

pinkshoes:  Around $400 but that’s because we save about 20% of our income. 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

SaugaBride:  I guess about 1-1.5k (including vacation and big item savings which we don’t really count as savings.  We view “savings” as non-spendable true emergency only).  50-75% of our income goes to retirement and savings.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I’ve got almost nothing left… I put $210/mo into my FSA (medical), I put a nominal amout into my 401k (couple hundred), I feed 5 teenage boys, $500 mo for health insurance, house, 2 car payments, insure 4 cars/house, yeah I’m pretty tapped out. I also spend close to $800 in gas a month for my commute. We do not go out to eat or any activities really for the adults. Any extra is for the kids activities.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

SaugaBride:  Not much. We go out to eat sometimes, but we aren’t taking any vacations or buying nice, new cars I can tell you that! Sucks, but I guess it is what it is…

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

im not married (yet), but pay the same bills you all do! Only 8% of my gross wages goes into my retirement account as my employer contributes over 10%. And separate from that is anotHer savings account that I put another 10% into and invest it yearly. 

After all is said and done, I have about 15% of grocery/fun money. My bf and I dont cook and don’t really buy groceries as we always go out to eat, though.

 

 

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