I own my junky clunker of a car outright and either drive or bike to work (2 miles away) depending on the weather. I also travel a lot for work which I have to do by car. I spend $63 a month on insurance and another about $100 on gas, depending on how much I drive for work. I get reimbursed $.50 per mile. Even taking into consideration oil changes, I probably end up MAKING about $100 a month in transportation costs.
Ugh, I'm struggling with this right now too. I had a separate account, at a separate bank where my savings deposited every time I got paid. I moved almost a month ago, still haven't set that system back up, and subsequently have the same amount in savings that I did this time last year! Though this article did inspire me to pay my credit card bill, so there's that at least.
We spend about $70 per week for two adults. But we do eat out a few times a week.
@langedangereux I noticed Caitlin with a C's student loans comment... Mine are about 50% of my personal take home pay, so that's where all my money is going!
10.4% of household take home pay on rent. I live with my fiance in a 3 bedroom house that we rent in a small capital city in the Midwest. We don't have any special considerations- rent is just pretty inexpensive here. However, we are moving into a friend's place that he owns in 2 months and we'll be paying $170 less a month! We both have well-paying jobs for the area, but we both agree that this area is NOT a place we want to stay long-term. If (when) we decide to move, we'll probably have to both take pay cuts and have to pay drastically more for rent. We're saving up big time so that when we do move, hopefully we'll be prepared.
I've been there too! It took me about 3 months of being pretty well set to finally pay off my remaining credit card debt. That last $700 took days of debate!
$800 on international phone calls from Austria during a 6 week study abroad. Turns out if you leave the country it costs something like a dollar a minute. I was traveling a LOT. I wish I could go back in time and shake 19 year old me.
Yes- 30 Day Shred! Jillian kicks my booty from the comfort of my own home, and I love it!
@mayonegg And a new one coming to Clark and Diversey!!
And this is just one instance that happened to make the news. It's interesting how people are so quick to point out that "poor people" are just looking for a "hand out" but fail to recognize all of these hurdles that people have to jump in order to just get a job doing prep work at KFC.