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How much Shibby. 2 kids; Mississippi 8169 posts
13th May '13

How much spare money a week do you have for Groceries, necessities, entertainment, etc. after bills?
We have around 300 a week and I just feel like we're always struggling. I've tried to cut down on senseless spending but it just seems to be getting worse. Ugh!

MinnesotaMommy2One 1 child; Minnesota 2565 posts
13th May '13

I'm in the same boat. I can't figure out where all the money goes. We only have about 700 a month in set bills and about 2200 take home pay and there's never much left over. I don't get it

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
13th May '13

After bills? We have like 75.00 a week on groceries.. 40 dollars a week for gas.



That's about it.

user banned California 36390 posts
13th May '13

DH makes about $500/week. Our budget is:



Rent/utilites: $500
Cable: $150
Food: $500
Gas: $500
Medical bills: $105
Savings: $100/month minimum




Things are kind of tight right now but in the fall he'll be making about $600/week and winter, around $700

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
13th May '13

I rarely have any money left. I get paid twice a month & my checks beyond suck. I pay my phone bill, house bills, buy some food, the boys and outfit apiece every time I get paid, put gas in both cars & have money to eat while at work when we start getting low on groceries. I have $21 left to last me until May 25th. I also just opened a checking/savings account & I was thinking about doing the 52 week challenge.

lovemylittleladies 2 kids; Michigan 1271 posts
13th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kimber-lily:</b>" After bills? We have like 75.00 a week on groceries.. 40 dollars a week for gas. That's about it. "</blockquote>



This is about where we are at too.

Shannon +4 Due February 22 (boy); 52 kids; Beaumont, Alberta 8002 posts
13th May '13

We have about 800$ extra a week

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
13th May '13

Before I went part time with this pregnancy I had 3100 in income between work and child support. My bills average about $1225 a month. That includes gas for work commutes and groceries. Leaving $1875 extra a month.. For what? A bunch of bullshit. I am living on minimal income right now and it really shows me how much I wasted before. Hope to have a much tighter reign on my checkbook when I go back to work!

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
13th May '13

oops. double post.

the BEAST Wisconsin 15638 posts
13th May '13

There's supposed to be be money left over?!



But seriously, not much. We're in a hole right now but are slowly digging our way out. But we have no credit cards or credit card debt so we're proud of that

Phf- ee bee;) Due January 26 (girl); 18 kids; Pennsylvania 5310 posts
13th May '13

SO makes approx $600/week (average) take home pay, and I roughly make $200-$300/week in tips - our monthly bills, not including food or gas or my student loans are $2200 (total of 3200 take home pay) about $90/week for both cars total in gas, and about $60-$70 a week on groceries so there's about $400-$500 extra at the end of the month and hell if I know where it goes!? I've been paying a lot extra on credit cards to get them paid off... This fall my income will reduce but our expenses will as well (should have two credit cards paid off then)

Shibby. 2 kids; Mississippi 8169 posts
13th May '13
Quoting clay matthews:" There's supposed to be be money left over?! But seriously, not much. We're in a hole right now but are ... [snip!] ... in a hole right now but are slowly digging our way out. But we have no credit cards or credit card debt so we're proud of that"

We have to pay 200 a month for a loan and 75 in credit cards. I hate hate hate that loan! We still have 3500 left on it! Ugh

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 46484 posts
13th May '13

We make about $7000 take home each month.



We pay our bills which come to about $1700 per month.



Groceries are about $350 per month, leaving us with $4950 per month.



$1500 goes into general savings.
$1500 goes into emergency fund.
$500 goes into education fund.
$750 goes into my maternity leave top up fund.



The remaining is split between our accounts for gas, entertainment, etc.

Shibby. 2 kids; Mississippi 8169 posts
13th May '13
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" We make about $7000 take home each month. We pay our bills which come to about $1700 per month. Groceries ... [snip!] ... fund. $750 goes into my maternity leave top up fund. The remaining is split between our accounts for gas, entertainment, etc."


Lucky bish :P

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
13th May '13
Quoting Shibby.:" Lucky bish :P"



you'd be surprised how quick the money goes away, especially when you're saving or paying off large debts. My ex and I brought home about that much combined, seeing it on paper seemed like a lot, but it sure didn't feel like it. haha "mo' money, mo' problems".. or mo' taxes at least.