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What is your family income?

Poll Results: What is your annual income as a family?

  • 18% (127)
    Less than $25,000
  • 12% (85)
  • 14% (94)
  • 9% (64)
  • 8% (57)
  • 7% (52)
  • 6% (45)
  • 4% (31)
  • 17% (116)
    over $95,000
671 Total Votes  
post #1 of 81
Thread Starter 
I know this was asked before on the "old" boards, but Iwas thinking that wiht the new poll option more people would be willing to share this info, as you don't need to type a message-- just a quick vote.

So, ho much money does your family earn (a year)?
post #2 of 81
Not enough!!!
post #3 of 81
We were making $55,000/year includiing commissions but dh was laid off in October. I'd like to blame it on the recession but I just think his boss was not so smart. Now we are trying to start our own internet business. I am crossing my fingers that it'll work out. It is dh's dream. Mine too b/c I love and support him.
post #4 of 81
Our income is not high enough for our wealthy area. We wouldn't make this much money anywhere else but it's not enough to live here!:
post #5 of 81
Gee, the results make a nice lil bell curve exceot for the one spike there near the middle. We are at around 63k, which sounded like a ton of money compared to my husbands Marine Corp pay, but that was before we came to Hawai'i. It's all expensive here, plus how much it costs to go home to see family.
post #6 of 81
Are these amounts meant to indicate before taxes or after?

post #7 of 81
Originally posted by kama'aina mama
Gee, the results make a nice lil bell curve exceot for the one spike there near the middle.
Er, when I looked at the curve it was an inverted bell with a spike in the middle. ?

While talking about money, my sis asked me what would be enough. It turned out to be a surprisingly large amount!

post #8 of 81
Thread Starter 
I ment asking for before-tax amounts

Lol on the bell-shaped curve-- if it is bell-shaped-- it is SUPPOSED to have a spike in the middle. However, we don't have enough numbers to use any kind of statistical approximation yet

I guess I am a little surprized-- I was thinking that there would be a lot more people at the lower end, and fewer people at the higher end (we in the middle).
post #9 of 81
We're doing pretty well now, but we live in NYC and have tons of student loans to pay off...after expenses life is a bit tight!! We will likely be moving to upstate NY next year so that should help the "after all expenses paid" amount.

Heck...while in grad school, I was on WIC and borrowed lots from in-laws to make ends meet!!! It can be done, but it's tough!! Problem is, the more you make, the more you spend!!!:

post #10 of 81
We are poor--- : )
and expecting and surrounded by family and happy and healthy.
I'm so glad we found out about AP parenting because now I have the confidence that we can do it all with love and cloth diapers and a sling--we don't need money. We don't need hundreds of dollars for developmental toys and a matching crib and changing table.
post #11 of 81
Our income is $40,000 a year and we have four children! (I'm a stay-at-home mother.) Although by typical American standards our income is low, we don't feel deprived. In fact, we live very comfortably. I've noticed that a lot of people think they NEED stuff that they actually don't (like a trip to Disney World or a brand new SUV every two years or enough Pop Tarts for each child to have his fill for a week) and then they groan about how they need more money. I'm always amused at those "How much it costs to raise a baby" articles in main-stream parenting mags. They take it for granted that every parent will need disposable diapers, formula, prepared baby food, day care, a crib, high contrast baby toys, educational software and lots of other junk.
post #12 of 81
That curve is more like an inverted bell curve! Typically, there should be less wealthy and less poor people than middle class people. Weird huh?!?
post #13 of 81
The results are surprising; one would expect greater numbers in the middle range, not at the end. And it is an inverted bell curve, trust me, I took lots of statistics in college!

We fall into the highest category, but like mamapie, I live in a pretty wealthy area, so it's all relative. We have one of the more modest homes in our area. Houses the size of mine sell for a third the price in other parts of the country.
post #14 of 81
Thread Starter 
peacemama, it does look like a an inverted bell-shaped curve now It did not when I posted my previous response.
post #15 of 81
We are way too poor college waifs right now!
We can't afford all the organic stuff. so I have avoided this board before now...but I am getting brave...gonna see what we can work out. Maybe if we eat less......
post #16 of 81
We were making about 50K before DH was laid off in August. But as some people said, this isn't a lot in the area we live - right near Boston MA. I think I remember that the average cost of a house here is $250,000. Our tiny 100 year old house cost $113,000 and needed lots of work (only some of which has been done.) Our car's insurance is $135 month (for the minimum required by the state, both of us with spotless driving records) and we pay $1200/yr for gas to heat our tiny house (68 degrees in the daytime, 58 at night, after new windows and complete insulation jobs!)

It all depends on your perspective, I guess - where you live, cost of living there, weather, etc.
post #17 of 81
Are we talking right now this minute- with me being out of a job- or are we talking what I pray it will be once I get a job LOL?!! Either way, it looks as though I'm on the low end of the scale. Oh well. At least natural parenting saves a little money...no formula to buy, no big ol' diaper expenses hidden every month in the grocery bill, no ready-made "baby food", no overused antibiotics......well, yeah, it's not so bad.

P.S. I too was wondering why this is in the Good Eating forum.
post #18 of 81

laid off

I did post under the 25-35,000 because that is what we made last year. I was laid off in early Oct. and my husband was in early Nov. Everyone else in the area was laid off as well so there are no jobs out there to be found. unemployment is only about $1,000 a month and we are falling fast. I hope that the economy picks up - and quick. I doesn't make for much of a holiday. sorry for the sob story.
post #19 of 81
Oh VioletPearl, my thoughts are with you. That's very tough. I read a really sweet editorial today about having a tough financial time during the holidays and how parents get sad over it. It basically said that you're your child's favorite toy. Getting down in the floor for tickle matches, play wrestling, giving horsey rides, etc. is far more valuable and appreciate to and by a child than a bunch of presents under a tree could ever be.

Take heart that your child or children know you love them no matter what.
post #20 of 81
Thank you, Joy - I have a son who just turned 1 in Nov and I am happy to report that his dad and I are his favorate toys.
much love, VioletPearl
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