Post # 32
We do well enough to have a own nice house in a nice neighborhood(currently we have our house up to move into a bigger home) , with brand new cars and 2 kids in daycare that cost an arm and a leg and we are still able to go on multiple vacations a year. It all depends on where you live. For what we are paying we could own a mansion down south.
Post # 33
Combined we make about 65k or more, depends on Darling Husband overtime, which is really good for our area. We do well, rent a nice home (going to be buying soon), only one car payment and are saving a little bit. But right now I only work part-time but as soon as I get full time we will be sitting really nicely, it’ll be nice to have a little more freedom to travel as well as save more.
Post # 34
We make slightly more than $100k together. Darling Husband is starting an MBA part-time in the fall (paid for by his company) so he anticipates a salary jump after that. Right now we are saving >$1000 a month after paying our mortgage, car payments and all other bills. We are comfortable. 🙂
Post # 35
Last year before my husband went back for his PhD, we were making a little above $55,000 combined, which was short lived, because now we moved and he’s back in school, and only has a GA stipend so we’re living on around $32,000. We’re hoping that he’ll have a much larger salary with a doctorate when he’s finished, and that I can actually get a salaried job in my field and not an hourly position. But luckily, neither of us have any school loans or car payments, etc. So all we really pay for is rent, school books and fees, utilities, food, insurance, and that kind of stuff! But I have to say reading that some of you are at $100,000+ combined make me so jealous! I feel like that’s so much money.
Post # 36
Just under 20,000 right now. Last year it was just over 10,000. Once I get a job we should be up to about 30-40k, but we’ll see.
We’re young and broke, plus FI’s going back to school this fall… so we’ll see.
Post # 37
We’re doing pretty well in our area (~$115k) and have a modest mortgage (under $1700/month), one car payment and some student loan payments. We paid off our other car with some of the wedding money we received and are looking to “upgrade” to a larger house that closer to where we both work. We’re working on building up our retirement funds, and our emergency funds (last year Darling Husband was laid off and that was a huge wake-up call for us). And we’re learning to stay within a budget – we have one, it’s just staying under it every month that we’re still working on!
We feel very blessed because a lot of our friends and family aren’t in a similar situation – so we make sure to make the most of it and not take it for granted!
Post # 38
I work full time at a relatively good job, but he works part-time and for barely over minimum wage, so I voted for 51-60k, but with SL debt, car debt, and general cost of living we have to be frugal.
Post # 39
@Mrs Grape: I’m so glad I’m not the only one! Last year we made just over 16,000 between the both of us and I think it’ll be less this year because of my husband being out of work since last fall.
As for the question of how we do it? We share a house with several other people (hopefully not for too much longer….) which means we split rent and utilities (we also live in a generally lower income part of town, which doesn’t bother me), budget groceries and make a lot of things from scratch (Aldi is my new favorite grocery store), we keep fairly basic phones on a family plan, treasure hunt at thrift stores for most of our clothes, don’t eat out much or buy a lot of non-necessities, and we use public transportation (we don’t own a car). It’s not easy but it’s definitely possible.
Post # 40
over 150 for us. However, we live in Chicago wich has a very high cost of living. Also ours is hard to calculate since Darling Husband is a consultant and his wages change a lot. Some jobs are $40/hour and some are $60/hour….just depends. mine is steady though.
Post # 41
Somewhere between 80 and 90. We live in an approximately average cost of living area (exactly average I think) and we do okay.
Post # 42
We make about $165k, which sounds like a lot, but we live in a very expensive area. We actually live fairly modestly, I have no car payment, Fiance drives an inexpensive car (versa) and we live in a 2br, 1.5 ba townhouse. And we’re not sure we can swing daycare expenses (typically $1k/month) in order to have kids.
Don’t get me wrong, we live a very nice life. Just not extravagant.
Post # 43
Wow, I am pretty surprised to see that almost half of the hive (at least those that voted) makes over $100K combined! I feel like we are well-off compared to most of the world (we bring home around $75K) but maybe I should feel more poor, haha! We do live in a very affordable city which makes a huge difference.
My career goal is to be making $10-15K more than I do now in order to be earning on par with others in my field, as I am very underpaid right now. And we anticipate that if Darling Husband gets where he wants to go in his career in the next few years, he will make close to six figures. That would put us at more like $130K – I honestly don’t know what we would do with all that money!
Post # 44
Wow… I wouldn’t even know what it is like to be above $60k a year! I’m not exactly sure what our combined income will be once we move in together next year. I was raised in a household that barely could break $60k combined with three kids. I have a feeling I’ll be above that with him though…
Post # 45
My Fiance is in the military and the only income in the house. I think he brings in about 28k. We live pretty comfortably all things considered. I HATE not working but we live out in the middle of the desert in CA right now until he gets out in 2014. Our house is a pretty good size. It’s 650 a month. We only pay gas and electricity which for us has never been above 15$ and 28$. We have a car loan, a personal loan, insurance on both cars. We only pay 150 for two weeks worth of groceries, we eat out, we go out a few times a month, both gas tanks are never empty. (THANK GOODNESS these cars are good on gas!!!)
We will be hurting a little when he gets out because we’ll be moving across the country so he can go to school and I’ll have my certification by then. So roles will be switched and I’ll be working while he goes to school for game design. With him on deployment though, he gets paid a litle extra so we have been saving more than normal and for the first time we won’t be paycheck to paycheck and we’ll have a comfortable savings.
Post # 46
Me: over 70 K
Soon, combined, we will be making over 100,000….that will be between DH’s job, VA money, and rent since he’s going to be a landlord soon.