A few ?s for those SAHM's

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Registered: 07-13-2006
A few ?s for those SAHM's
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Thu, 06-25-2009 - 10:08am

I'm considering staying at home but have a few questions for those of you that do.


Approximately how much does your significant other make that enables you to stay home?

Can it be done with only


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Registered: 04-22-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 11:14am
I'm with ya honey, I'm with ya!
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Registered: 06-06-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 12:32pm

You need to sit down and make two columns- one working and one staying home and put in all the numbers to see. No one can tell you exactly if you can afford to stay at home unless they know exactly where all your money is going and your lifestyle.


Start crunching the numbers.


Trish

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 1:09pm

i don't know.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 1:12pm

are you speaking from personal experience or outside?


curious.


i think "deprived" means different things to different ppl.

 

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 1:18pm

Personal experience. After my parents divorced, there were some very hard years.

And even this week. I was on a road trip with two teens who come from a low income situation. They spoke of things like how they sometimes have to go without lunch at the end of the month in the summer because there isn't any free lunch at home like there is at school.

And no matter how you romanticize it, being hungry is being deprived. Having your teeth hurt because your parents can't afford dental care is being deprived. Not being able to go to a friend's quincenaria (or however it's spelled) because your parents can't afford a dress or a present and pretending you didn't want to go anyway may not be being deprived, but it's something I wouldn't want any child to have to endure -- but kids do.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 2:11pm

Hunger is real, it's not a state of mind.


PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-23-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 3:03pm

Are you seriously denying that the cost of living varies among the states in the United States?


Yes, I have lived in Lincoln and a Boston suburb.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 3:06pm
Our house payments for a 3000 square foot condo in the midwest were 2/3 what I was paying in rent for a 1200 square foot apartment in the Bay Area of California -- and I was living in one of the cheaper parts of the Bay Area (Newark). It was a lovely area, but we couldn't have afforded either to send the kids to private school there or live in an area where the public schools were acceptable.
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Registered: 04-22-2009
Tue, 06-30-2009 - 6:51pm

Why would you have needed to live in both places?

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Registered: 06-12-2009
Thu, 07-02-2009 - 6:58am
I'm able to be a SAHM on my DH's income. Its a comfortable but not huge six figure income. I think it depends on the type of lifestyle you want and/or can deal with. You may have to sacrifice cable TV , for instance. Is it worth it? Only you and your family can decide. We were able to keep the cable TV but we don't get as many expensive vacations (ie: visiting Europe). I'm happy though. I wish you lots of luck!

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