Post # 77
We make about $170K combined but we live in an expensive area in Northern California so the cost of living is much higher. We recently bought our first place(townhome) together and we are living comfortably right now. The sad part is the area we want to eventually live in requires us to make at least 300K a year.
Post # 78
We’re somewhere around 250k plus bonus once we combine our salaries, but right now they are separate. My bonus will go towards the wedding.
ETA: we live in New York City- our half a million dollar condo is 650 square feet, and diet coke is like $2.50 a bottle lol
Post # 79
When husband unit is a mobilized reserve Marine, we do much better, oddly (unlike most people I think!). I’m the bread winner, though. I’m 30 years old and making about $77k, but am still underpaid for my education and what I do. Hubby’s civilian job is $40k a year an he is a serverely underpaid gov’t contractor (intelligence analyst…40k a year? really?). The job market is TERRIBLY for veterans, especially ones still in the reserves. He’s lucky to have an employer that supports his military service, and given that my hubby is 26 he still has some time to earn more.
Only issue is where we live. DC is the 3rd most expensive city in the country – to buy a house we’ll need a TON of money coming in. Our condo’s mortgage is very inexpensive (under $1100/mo). We are lucky that we have no student loans to pay back, and no car payment but have a lot of expenses such as condo dues ($338) and we do rent a parking space ($225/mo) because hubby’s reserve duty often meant he’d drive around for an hour on a Sat night looking for parking.
We live in a very expensive area of DC, but I want to move to the ‘burbs….which are just as expensive (the Maryland side).
I’d like to find a higher paying job, but it is very very difficult now.
Post # 80
Our last years taxes were 105K but starting next month we’ll be making ZERO until I get a job after we move! Darling Husband will be in school full time for 3 years (no stipend just loans) and I’ll hopefully be making 40K.
Post # 81
@jouissance: That $2.50 bottle of coke is exactly what I was referring to! When my Fiance and I discussed moving back to NY (I miss home and am not exactly the desert type) he was floored at the cost of living difference even though I’d tried to prepare him. lol
Post # 82
We come in a little above 95k which sounds like a lot but in the great state of CT, no so much! lol But I can’t complain, we own a condo, have decent cars and are able to save to have the wedding of our dreams and buy a house in about 5 years. Life is good.
Post # 83
It’s funny how a dollar won’t go far at all anymore, because we make enough money that we’re comfortable, but had you told me when I was 8 that this is what we’d be making I’d be like, “I’M GOING TO BE SO RICH!!!” Maybe that’s a kid mentality, or just a “I grew up in the prosperous early 90s” mentality, but I’d have thought that, and I in no way consider us rich now. Of course, we have a lot of expenses too- our daughter, FH’s child support for his son, a mortgage on a house we can’t sell plus rent on where we live… the good news is we live on his income alone right now because I am a Stay-At-Home Mom, but in the next year or so I plan on returning to work, and we already know that money can purely be for savings/discretionary income since we live very well on his alone.
Post # 84
We only have his income, but luckily so far it’s working for us. Although we just bought a house and are having a baby… so it’s been a struggle lately!
Post # 85
Combined we are just over 100k. Im an Implementation coordinator for a health insurance company and Fiance is a CPA and has the potential to make a lot of money one day, but we are extremely young (23 & 25) so I say we are doing pretty well considering our age.
Post # 86
@ohheavenlyday: I totally get what you’re saying. I remember thinking that $100k+ was like “baller status” but seriously, it doesn’t go as far as one would think.
Post # 87
@UpstateCait: Funny, cause I’m still in the stage where $100K sounds like heaven.
When TBird and I graduated college and figured out our starting yearly income (30-40,000) we were totally amazed at having even THAT kind of $, haha
Post # 88
I can’t believe how many people make over 150,000 combined! I thought Fiance and I were doing pretty well. I think it really depends on location and age.
Post # 89
Darling Husband and I make over 150k buuut we work in Manhattan and live in NJ so we are strictly middle class. We spend over $800 a month just to commute to the city (we really need to move)
Post # 90
We make decent money, combined, but my student loans take over a good portion of my income 🙁
Post # 91
Ours just went up a bit because Darling Husband got a raise yesterday!! So happy for him!