My dh has been offered a transfer to Bakersfield but we are worried about the cost of living. He'd get a raise, but most of that would come in the form of a bonus which is not guaranteed. He'll be making right at $47K/yr gross (base salary, not including the bonus). We were hoping that I wouldn't need to work.
So I would love it (and be very grateful!) if you'd share a very bare bones, basic living budget with me. We have three boys and would hope to rent a 3 bedroom house. I just have no clue what I should count on spending for things like utilities, gas, or food.
I posted a thread in the finances forum that has some more details (along with a budget that I thought might be somewhat correct) if you're interested.
Thanks in advance!