"Well you're single so you have less expenses"

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2002
"Well you're single so you have less expenses"
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Thu, 06-13-2013 - 4:27pm

How would you react to this statement if a married person/with kids said this to you.......??

Mel

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-04-2003

Married people have two incomes whereas some of us single folk survive (or try to) on a one person income.  The married folks think we single people have it made when it comes to finances.  Not necessarily.  Married people have to pay rent/mortgage, utilities, gas, and groceries just like we single people do. We have our fair share of expense just like married people do.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-21-2010

that makes sense actually. if you are punished for achieving a certain financial status in some scenarios (ie rich = $250,000 if married), then why get married? 

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008

We live in a culture where 51% of the population is single. So it's not as if being single isn't the norm. It is. And it's not bad. 

So true.  All married people were once single, and with the divorce rate, many of them will be single again.

A couple is eligible for various tax breaks/tax incentives that single people are not eligible for.

It is not quite the same at higher income, though.  The current administration considers a family with an annual income of $250,000 "rich" and should be taxed at a higher rate.  For a single person, it is $200,000It makes financial sense not to get married at that point.


iVillage Member
Registered: 02-21-2010

I would think single people would have more expenses because they are single. A couple is eligible for various tax breaks/tax incentives that single people are not eligible for. If you go to the following link and look around, you will eventually find blog posts where she mentions this: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/living-single

We live in a culture where 51% of the population is single. So it's not as if being single isn't the norm. It is. And it's not bad. 
Here's another resource: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/02/13/love-and-marriage/
Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001

I agree with Music. I think that having kids makes the difference. Plus, it's kind of a silly statement. What expenses does a married couple have that we don't have? It's not like there's a marriage tax. In fact, married couples get tax breaks. People with children get tax breaks. Maybe the response needs to be- "We have the same expenses, and I pay more taxes!" 

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-27-2002
  • Hi,

I just wanted to get some opinions from the board on that one.........I thought it was a pretty ridiculous statement........

I know kids can be expensive but with only one income, things are so much different - you have to keep a roof over your head, etc. etc.  I think in this case both individuals had husbands who were the "alpha male" and had no idea what it was like to live as a single person........

Anyhow.......interesting the perspectives you hear out there!! lol.  I think living the single life is a mystery to a lot of people......

Mel

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Registered: 11-28-1999

I think it's the kids that definitely make things more expensive.  But if you compared single to married w/ 2 incomes, the married people are definitely better off.  For ex, when I got divorced, if you don't count the fact that I still had kids, say I lost 1/2 the house hold income but my expenses surely didn't get cut in half--the major expense, which is housing, is still the same.  There was only one car expense but the utilities didn't go down that much.  My friend & I were wondering why we are always scrimping and not having enough money (although she makes twice what I do, but she has a more expensive house) and we said--of course, we only have one income.  My cousins, for example, who are married and have 2 incomes but generally aren't in really high paying jobs, all have much nicer houses than I do and just don't seem to be struggling.  Like you, if I lost my job, there is no one else to pick up the slack.  But when I was married & my DH got hurt at work and had to go on worker's comp, at least we had my income.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-1999

Married people usually live off of their combined incomes which has to make things a little easier.  Although, kids can be expensive . . . I suppose my reaction would depend on the context in which it was stated.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-02-2008

I think being single appears more expensive because there is no one to split costs with and no one to share bills with..

That is why God made Eve for Adam.. So that if one shall fall the other picks that one up and visa Versa..

Only thing is when being single its more like a balancing act.. Like if I cant drive anywhere because I used my gas budget allowance I walk or dont go out.. I dont have anyone picking me up or anything to drive me somewhere ...

I love also not fighting with someone over money.. and I feel better in knowing that I can spend my money on whatever I want and no one can tell me what to do with me.. I still suffer from being married (divorced now) from a very controlling mentally ill man who told me what to buy and what to do... Although I had nice things he always checked my bags and things when I came in the house. After awhile I would hide my packages.. Long story..

 

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Community Leader
Registered: 01-25-2010

 So?  i still have expenses.  I what I would say. 

chaika

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