(Closed) Where do you live & What's Your Monthly Expenses?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What's your monthly budget?
    Between $1,000 and $2,000 : (29 votes)
    38 %
    Between $3,000 and $4,000 : (26 votes)
    34 %
    Between $4,000 and 5,000 : (10 votes)
    13 %
    Greater than $5,000 : (12 votes)
    16 %
  • Post # 17
    697 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2016 - Akron, OH

    Wow, I live in NE Ohio and rent, electric, gas (cars), gas (home), groceries .. a little over 1,000 a month. It’s cheap here (: but it’s incredibly boring and not scenic. 

    Post # 18
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    PonkiHoneyBee:  Moved from NYC to Long Island, to get more house for our money. our monthly budget is about 15K, about 5K of that is the house, and 4k of that is student loans 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  jily.
    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  jily.
    Post # 19
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    We spend about $1600.00/mo on the expenses that we combine:

    • Rent- $1050.00
    • Groceries- $300.00
    • Gas & Electric- $120.00
    • Cable- $100.00
    • Renter’s Insurance- $11.00

    All other expenses we pay seperate, such as: cell phones, car loans, personal loans, credit cards, gas, student loans, health insurance, and vehicle maintenance.  I generally spend about another $700.00/mo on that stuff for me. I’m not sure what he’s spending.

     ETA: We live in PA.



    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  chaibella.
    Post # 20
    7903 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    When I was living alone, I would spend about $2500 per month for living expenses and other fun stuff. That number is based on my annual salary minus my annual savings. Now it’s a little more difficult to quantify because of the wedding planning and because Fiance lives here too now. I don’t keep a spreadsheet of costs; I just generally try to be frugal with all my costs so I don’t have a chance of going over. This is in the Midwest.

    Post # 21
    250 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Our monthly expenses are 3000.00 We live in south florida and that does include rent. Without rent its 1600 including water and basic cable. 

    450 on his lease 

    400 on my car 

    300 on insurace (auto)

    115 electricity 

    300 food (not including going out)

    50 for cable upgrade

    45 on internet

    His cellphone is free

    We have zero student loans

    He has healthcare with his company


    He gets paid for every mile he drives pertaining to work up to $900 but we do not count on that. I will say we could probably cut our car payments/leases in half but since we do not plan on having kids anytime soon we spluge but it does bother me how much we spend. 

    Post # 22
    2348 posts
    Buzzing bee

    PonkiHoneyBee:  Fiance and I live in NYC.

    Our monthly expenses are $2,500 total with $1,500 of that being rent. 

    I am REALLY good at budgeting. If you have any questions go for it, I’m an open book. 


    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  swonderful.
    Post # 23
    96 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    We live in Buckeye, Arizona. We bought our house when the market was way down so our mortgage is really really low! Our bills for a family of 3 come out to around $1700-1800 including mortgage.

    Mortgage (includes property taxes, mortgage insurange, ect…)  $561

    Home warranty $30

    Car insurance $75 for 2 cars

    Health, vision, and dental insurance $220 for family

    Water $60

    Power around $150 in winter and $300 in summer

    trash $25

    netflix and hulu (our cable :D) $20

    Cell Phones $160

    Internet $60

    Groceries $300




    Post # 24
    9595 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    swonderful:  every time you share about your finances I am just in awe. I need to be more like you with my habits! 

    Post # 25
    355 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - The Fairmont, SF

    Combining rent, a decent standard of living, food, transportation, and my student loans, my Fiance and I spend upwards of $5,000 each month. We live smack dab in the middle of Central London, though, so that may have something to do with it.

    Post # 26
    2348 posts
    Buzzing bee

    MrsBuesleBee:  Aw, thanks! It started out of necessity, when Fiance and I met we were young and broke. I learned to budget when we were both working for minimum wage in Boston. If you can make it on minimum wage everything else feels like a walk in the park! 🙂 

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 10 months ago by  swonderful.
    Post # 27
    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    califlorican:  omg i want to move to california… in Canada (ontario to specific) we are paying $120 EACH for car insurance, and that is a wicked deal lol… our past electricity bill was over $300… I’m dreaming of paying what you pay lmao

    Post # 28
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We live in Los Angeles, CA. Including student loans, about $5400 a month. Without student loans, $2900. We want to pay them off quick. Rent is $1700.

    Post # 29
    61 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    stephanie091512:  how crazy. We live in murrieta too but our monthly expensess are around 2800-3100 lol. We have a teen and a dog though. So they both eat wayyy to much. 

    Post # 30
    2092 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    Our monthly expenses are vastly lower than most evidently. We live in rural MN

    Mortgage $450 (we have a 5 bedroom 2 full bath home with ovr 2k square feet)

    Natural gas $30

    Electric $70

    Trash pick up $14

    City water/sewer $25

    Internet $35

    Cell phones x2 $80

    Groceries $100/month

    Car insurance (for both cars combined) $100

    Wine $20

    We have other smaller expenses, but nothing significant. No student loan debt, we own our cars. We don’t go out to eat much nor do we buy clothing or go out on a monthly basis. 


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