What income brackets would you call poor and middle class for your local area and where do you fall in it?
And what kinds of things are you able to afford and not afford in which you call not struggling. Ie. When my family had one income in the past (for 8 years) we were able to buy plenty of food and all the basics and pay all our bills easily enough. (But we also had no debt). We did not have extra income for out of state vacations, but we went on a day trip in the local area and could afford whatever most entertainment we wanted to do. We did not put any additional money away in our savings during that period of time. We had a savings cushion from already though, when we went to 2 incomes to 1.
And I would have identified us then as middle class.
In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that
families i know who are struggling aren't SAH families.
prior to the birth of baby number one,i swore by studies,opinions that spoke about the cost of raising a child being in the hundreds of thousands of dollars by the time a child turned 18.
how many of who families..families on welfare or the truly privleged who can afford a SAHM?
that's great,i didn't think COL played a part in SES either.
The familes you mentioned in the quote I posted.