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The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" Right away, I will be a CNA which pays $15 an hour here. Then I have to go through 6 months of training for a corrections officer job which pays $21 an hour. Not bad for having no degree!!"


not bad at all :) I earn $18.50 an hour to work IT support in a call centre.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" not bad at all :) I earn $18.50 an hour to work IT support in a call centre."


That's awesome! I worked as an IT technician/server manager for a hospital and only got $12 for that job. :( Fairly certain it's because I'm female.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" That's awesome! I worked as an IT technician/server manager for a hospital and only got $12 for that job. :( Fairly certain it's because I'm female."


Nah I love my job and I went from nursing to do it :)



I'm currently working in a specialised department managing internet television. I'm hoping to go into provisioning next and then go into training and development ... which is $55,000 a year so I'm hoping to be there by the end of the year.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" Nah I love my job and I went from nursing to do it :) I'm currently working in a specialised department ... [snip!] ... next and then go into training and development ... which is $55,000 a year so I'm hoping to be there by the end of the year."


That would be nice!! DH does IT stuff and is the state Sharepoint admin and he makes $27 an hour.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" That would be nice!! DH does IT stuff and is the state Sharepoint admin and he makes $27 an hour."


sharepoint? I use a program called sharepoint to manage all our hardware etc ... is that related do you think?

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" sharepoint? I use a program called sharepoint to manage all our hardware etc ... is that related do you think?"


Uhhh idk. He builds websites on it and its also connected to the servers for the state and everything. I'm not 100% on the details because I don't know shit about it but I'm fairly certain it's a Microsoft program. They use it for a lot of stuff. I know they can do things like track the inventory and whatnot on there too. Basically organizes everything.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
20th Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" Uhhh idk. He builds websites on it and its also connected to the servers for the state and everything. ... [snip!] ... a lot of stuff. I know they can do things like track the inventory and whatnot on there too. Basically organizes everything."


yeah I think its related ... I think its sort of the base of our entire system. I work for a major ISP but not in networking so I don't know the details. But seriously only $27 an hour? Our Network Admins earn like $75,000 a year

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" yeah I think its related ... I think its sort of the base of our entire system. I work for a major ISP ... [snip!] ... but not in networking so I don't know the details. But seriously only $27 an hour? Our Network Admins earn like $75,000 a year"


It's because it's a federal job. Lol. If he did this stuff as a civilian he would make about $100k.

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" It's because it's a federal job. Lol. If he did this stuff as a civilian he would make about $100k."


yeah but government jobs come with other benefits that the private sector doesnt

empire state of mind New York, New York 12208 posts
21st Jan '13

I don't have a lot of expenses because my apt was destroyed in Sandy so I moves home with my parents. I currently make 4000 after taxes a month and pay them 400 for rent. I was paying 1600 for rent at my apt. I obviously love pretty comfortably off that. Comfortable enough to take a few extravagant trips a year. I would never consider myself rich unless I made enough to never have to consider the cost of anything.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" yeah but government jobs come with other benefits that the private sector doesnt"


Mmm kind of. Lol. But he has what's called a Technician job where he also has to be in the military which puts a lot of limitations on us.

Robert Downey Jr. Zanzibar, Tanzania 16079 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting empire state of mind:" I don't have a lot of expenses because my apt was destroyed in Sandy so I moves home with my parents. ... [snip!] ... trips a year. I would never consider myself rich unless I made enough to never have to consider the cost of anything."


That's my goal in life. I want to be able to go buy a pair of jeans or a new bra without having to check my bank account!

The Master 2 kids; Perth, Australia 19989 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting Michael Westen:" That's my goal in life. I want to be able to go buy a pair of jeans or a new bra without having to check my bank account!"


Oh if only



*sigh*



when I get a book published and make it to the best sellers list

kthx. Due January 13 (girl); Cleves, Ohio 67553 posts
21st Jan '13

Uhhh..



Combined monthly income: $3000
Monthly expenses: $1943 (give or take with gas)
Money left over: $1057



We're comfortable. We go out to dinner a few times a week, go to the movies, concerts, etc. Right now it's tight-ish, because I'm paying back a $500 loan. But overall, our bills are always paid on time, and we always have money for food and necessities.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
21st Jan '13
Quoting Destiel:" My list is much bigger than that LOL. car repayments - $564 mortgage - $1500 insurances - $112 Internet/cell ... [snip!] ... phones/home phone - $250 gym - $70 landscaping - $100 power - $100 gas - $30 rates - $190 car rego - $83 licenses - $5"

Sooo funny how different one person's budget goes compared to another.



The first part is what you say & then mine:
Car repayments - $564 ($0 - we generally save up to buy the next car - so no car payments since like 1998? we do try to put away about 200-300 per month to save for the next car though)
mortgage - $1500 ($0 - paid off 2 yrs ago)
insurances - $112 ($300 approx between cars & house)
Internet/cell phones/home phone - $250 ($50 one cell & internet)
gym - $70 ($0 - don't go generally)
landscaping - $100 ($0 - do it myself or Dh)
power - $100 (For power & gas since our bill is combined, in the winter like now we pay about $400/month, we also pay about $40 in water/sewer)
gas - $30
rates - $190 ??? not sure what rates are
car rego - $83 ?registration? we don't have that
licenses - $5 ? not sure on that either
I pay about $10 per month on garbage & recycling
Our biggest expense every month is food & gas for sure. Dh spends about $80 a week & sometimes more in gas just by himself. Food is a bit hard for me to track, we buy a half a cow at a time and we also grow veg & can it - so that is a bunch up front & then used later, etc. So I put money away to buy the next cow & all of that, but per month it is hard to get an accurate assessment. I'd say between food (including beverage like Dh's expensive dark beer) & gas - I bet that is at least $1000 I'd like to bring that wayyyy down...I just need to convince Dh we an eat less meat & more rice & beans. LOL I know how to cook cheaper, I just need to figure out how to get him to EAT it.



Overall we are fine. We make enough for me to stay home, pay the bills, put some aside & save longer term too. I think as long as you are saving toward retirement AND have some to put aside for immediate needs (like roof repair or a car breaking down, etc) then you are fine.
Broke" to me is living paycheck to paycheck with no cushion at all, doing okay is having a cushion & doing well is having a cushion being able to do some extras like a little travel or a family treat like maybe putting in a pool or something.



Don't let Dh read this though, he thinks we live like we are poor because I am careful with spending. Even so I gave a guy digging in the trash the other day a $20. It was nasty cold & he was riding a bike. It's also a fairly small town & I know *who* he is even though I do not know him. I would much rather give random people in need a $20 then have more crap we don't need.