Originally Posted by MamaPyratekk
For those who don't mind posting their numbers here, could you help me out by telling me how much you pay for the bills I'm going to list? I know that different areas are different and some things are subjective (such as rent would be lower on a smaller house), but I'm just curious as to what others are paying for these things. Feel free to give me any other details if you want that might make the bills amount seem more or less reasonable; such as the size of your house, how many people are on your insurance, what kind of water you use, the car you have, etc etc.
Health Insurance $0 (We have it, but it's all covered by DH's employer, so the costs are hidden to us.)
Car Insurance roughly $400/year, only liability, no other insurance.
Cable I don't have; we don't have a TV.
Cellphone I don't have service on mine, just the ability to call 911 which is free.
Water I don't pay for; it and the heat and hot water are included in my rent.
I do pay for high-speed Internet, $45 a month, and home phone service $45 a month. Also I have renter's insurance, for which I pay about $200 a year.
There are five of us. Dh's job is union work, so we have all kinds of benefits that we don't directly pay for, like life insurance and health and dental and vision. We live in NJ, so car insurance costs are astronomical here. Our electric bill is high because we buy wind and water power, and because we run grow-lites for most of the year to start seeds indoors.
We only have one car.