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Three big girls (10) + (almost 9!);
One little boy (6) and a full on toddler (8/12) born with TAPVR (repaired at 6 days old).
Thanks for all the input. We've been talking to people and trying to figure out how we would make out financially in Israel.
We think we would be able to earn about 14,000 NIS combined bruto (secretarial salary 6,000 & starting engineer salary 8,000).
Major monthly expenses would be:
Rent 2400 NIS (based on $600)
Arnona 500 NIS
Groceries 2,000 NIS
HOT package 300 NIS
Cellphone 200 NIS
Utilities 400 NIS
Gan 600 NIS
Car payments 1000 NIS?
Auto insurance 500 NIS
Gas 800 NIS
Bituach Mashlim 200 NIS
That comes out to 8900 which is way short of 1400 for other expenses like clothing, shoes, entertainment, mamad school fees etc. We'd also have the expense of private health insurance for the first 10-12 months after we get back.
Is this realistic?
It all depends on where you live and work. I can tell you that secretaries in the public sector start at 4,000 neto approximately, which is a lot less than you're considering.
Same goes for rent, $600 won't get you much in a lot of places, not even wherever's popular up north maybe. Groceries you might be able to get for less. Depends on how much you buy organic, and how much you cook from scratch and buy on sale.
I know this is a tough one, but maybe skip cable for the first few months, until you have a steady income and can see what your other expenses are.
That's all I can think of now.
BB, davening that he gets that trasplant soon.
Of course, if you would be willing to live somewhere outside, $600 could get you a very nice place. I have friends on a small yishuv paying under $500 for a 4 bedroom, one huge living room, a dining room and a kitchen with two bathrooms and a storage area underneith the house. And a big yard.