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View Poll Results: Is it absolutely necessary for two incomes on LI?
Yes 20 60.61%
No 13 39.39%
Voters: 33. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-07-2011, 10:09 AM
 
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A bit OT but re: housewifes/stay at home moms - I had never been one, but was totally shocked by the following:
Heart transplants are not readily available anywhere in the world and there are lists and rules. In New Zealand, I learned, they have 3 general criteria that can pull you down the heart transplant list: smoking, obesity and being a housewife/stay at home mom ! Reasoning: from societal point of view the latter is not as productive/valuable member of the society .

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I am single income (me) - have been for the last >10y. Any financial help by my husband would have been great!!! Not necessary but still very desirable.
I am also outside the norm and backwards on many things - had my kids very young and now (in my 40s), all college is done with and paid off and they are on their own, debt-free. Finally decided to be selfish and do some things for myself from now on - separated, buying a house and so on. The benefit of doing things backwards: one can go for a starter home and retirement home - all in one . All kidding aside, I prefer simpler living. Will enjoy grandkids, when they come, but no more direct burden, I hope. Life is good!
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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offices should pay what the state pays! 100,000 is hard to get working in an office. there are 1000s who work hard at geico making under 50,000.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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offices should pay what the state pays! 100,000 is hard to get working in an office. there are 1000s who work hard at geico making under 50,000.

Customer service jobs don't pay a lot.

Being in that line of work on LI, you may make 5-10% more than someone in bumblerock Iowa doing the same thing...the problem is that it's 75% more expensive to live here, mostly due to high real estate prices and taxes.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Little Babylon
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Why would I pay someone 100K when I have plenty of people happy to take 50K?
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Depends, I think for those who have kids on LI, dual income is essential unless 1 parent is earning more than $150K/year.

My husband and I are DINKS (double income no kids), we both work for solid employers that provide low cost health benefits, 401K (in DH's case, 403(b) since he is civil service) and a pension. We are comfortable but by no means, wealthy. We drive older cars, live in a modest 2 bedroom home with >6K/taxes a year, and rarely eat out at expensive restaurants.

If there were kids in the picture, life could get a bit tough - we would have to pay for day-care and I wouldnt want to do that (and if I were to quit my job and become a SAHM, we simply could not float our current lifestyle on just my husband's income).
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Depends, I think for those who have kids on LI, dual income is essential unless 1 parent is earning more than $150K/year.

My husband and I are DINKS (double income no kids), we both work for solid employers that provide low cost health benefits, 401K (in DH's case, 403(b) since he is civil service) and a pension. We are comfortable but by no means, wealthy. We drive older cars, live in a modest 2 bedroom home with >6K/taxes a year, and rarely eat out at expensive restaurants.

If there were kids in the picture, life could get a bit tough - we would have to pay for day-care and I wouldnt want to do that (and if I were to quit my job and become a SAHM, we simply could not float our current lifestyle on just my husband's income).
What's your combined income? What would it be if you were a SAHM.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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What's your combined income? What would it be if you were a SAHM.
Our combined income is in the $170-190K range (fluctuates because I have a P/T job with no steady hours and my husband gets overtime if he needs to work on projects that go into the weekend or after hours).

I am currently child-free with no intention of having kids, but if I were, my husband's income is less than $100K which I feel isn't enough to pay the mortgage and bills (we both own homes, I own a condo which is rented out - bought before I met my husband, plus I still have student loan debt).
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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No kids...maybe the Duggars will loan you one or two.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:44 PM
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No kids...maybe the Duggars will loan you one or two.
They wouldn't even notice they were missing.
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Old 11-08-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: under the beautiful Carolina blue
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^^^Not with another one on the way.
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