(Closed) Where do you live, what do you do for a living, what is your wage and mortgage?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate

Both of us are engineer’s, and we make ~$33 an hour each.  We will be paying $1400 for rent when we move in together next month.  We will be living in Wauwatosa WI (“suburb” 10 minutes from Milwaukee).

I would think with what you are making you guys could make it work, but I am unfamiliar with rent down in Texas!  I know for us, our rent is a bit higher since we are closer to the city.  We could have easily gotten something around $950 if we looked in farther away suburbs.

Post # 4
2269 posts
Buzzing bee

I’ll give you last year’s info since changes will be occurring this year.

New Hampshire

SO-sold Comcast products, made $55,000 in 2011 (23 years old last year)

Living expenses:

Rent; $700 (2 BR duplex with basement, 1 bathroom, washer, dryer, dishwasher-heat not included so an extra $1500/yr, with yard)

Cable- employee rate of $50/month for everything you could want including phone and internet

Cell phones-$60/mo

Electric- $45 average

Food- $250/mo incl. eating out


Post # 5
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I am a licensed practical nurse, I make $23/hr my Fiance is a moulding vendor making $13/hr. Our rent is $950 a month for a one bedroom apartment. We live about an hour and a half outside of New York City. Minimum wage here is $7.50 and believe me it was tough living on those wages when Fiance and I were just starting out! I went to school for the LPN thing, now he wants to go to school next and then maybe I can go back for the RN. He keeps telling me he wants to move to florida; beautiful views, no snow storms, cheaper rent. I just worry that we won’t make as much there so make up for the less expensive rent.

Post # 6
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m a stay at home gf, my Fiance works in IT.  Minimum wage here in Charlotte, NC is $7.25 I think, and my Fiance makes ~$22/hr not including bonuses.  We recently purchased a house (3bd/2.5 ba, 1900 sq ft) and our mortgage/tax/insurance is less than $800/mo.  We both moved from expensive areas (CA & NJ), so we find Charlotte to be very affordable.

Post # 7
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m also a licensed practical nurse and make $24/hour. Darling Husband is a finance/business manager at a car dealership and made $85k last year. Our rent is $895 a month for a 1 bedroom apartment, but we are currently looking to buy our first home.

We live in New Husband, about 40 min north of Boston.

Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you could afford Texas – it’s super cheap down there! 

Post # 9
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Texas is super cheap! I work as an engineer and travel there sometimes, so I have a few friends and from what I hear I’d be basically a millionaire if I moved. 

As an engineer I make about 100k/year salary (don’t know hourly), and my fiancé is about the same, we have a house worth 535k and pay $1200 month minimum to our 200k mortgage but we always double it. 

And I remember seeing pictures of you in dress stores and I think we live in the same place. C of red!

edit: Never mind I am an idiot and didn’t read your post clearly apparently. I guess you just went there to shop!

Post # 11
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@raisedonrobbery:  Hmmmm well I don’t know about hourly but my colleagues make about the same as I do, however they get less vacation so I guess per hour I’d make more. I do believe that for jobs like waiters they get paid a ridiculously low hourly wage because they are expected to make it up in tips. Those are the only two jobs I know though, sorry!

Post # 12
5778 posts
Bee Keeper


Unless you would be making a lateral move within a company, I’d expect salaries would be lower. Doing some research will give you a better idea of what you might expect, just as asking here has done.

I’m in NJ and am a dental hygienist (no longer working), and when I left my job 6 years ago I was making $38./hr. I’d be at $45.+ right now plus benefits. My friends in hygiene just a state away make far less per hour in the same field.


lower there in my field, but not updated figures


just to compare


Post # 14
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My Fiance and I are in Winnipeg. Mb…

Hes a full time I.T Manager and makes $50,000 Salary.

Im full time Social Media Director and I make $25,000 Salary at the same business.

He also owns an online business which he brings in another $50,000-$100,000 a year depending….

We bought our house with Cash. Property taxes are about $2200 a year.

Other Bills like Utilities, TV/Internet etc are about $400 a month depending on the time of year. With heat for winter and air conditioning in the summer.

I dont think I could EVER leave Canada to live somewhere else (especially USA) I love my Country way too much.

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