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  •  It's very surprising to me (3+ / 0-)
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    Moody Loner, lgmcp, MO Blue

    that about 35% of respondents make over $100,000.  I had no idea so many Kossacks are that well off.

    We're making probably between $60,000 - $70,000 a year as a family, with two kids under 3 years old and another on the way.  In spite of the decent (though not huge) income, we are still living check-to-check, mostly because I put 10% into my 401(k), and we have lots of diapers to purchase.  Other major expenditures include gas (my wife and I are both freelance musicians and have to drive ourselves to our gigs), babysitting, and of course the usual mortgage payments, etc.  We also have some credit card debt we are trying to pay off.

    College tuition savings for our kids?  Spotty and occasional.  That's where we need to do better.

    A foolish consistency (staying the course in Iraq) is the hobgoblin of George W. Bush.

    by wildcat6 on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:03:31 PM PDT

    •  It's Very Obvious From Some of the Discussions (2+ / 0-)
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      poemless, grayscale

      that involve lower classes. Certain issues show a distinct lack of personal experience citations.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:19:09 PM PDT

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    •  It's all relative (0+ / 0-)

      $100,000 for a family isn't really that much in the northeast or parts of California where you can't purchase a house for under $500,000. Making $50k/year at a job isn't a lot. A household income of $100k is simply two of those people living together.

      •  i suppose so (0+ / 0-)

        but it still amazes me that people can just scrape by on 100k.....but it's all about perspective yes, you are right.

        By saying that gays and lesbians cannot get married, they can be nothing more than children. **by crisis corps volunteer**

        by terrypinder on Tue Jun 13, 2006 at 12:50:05 PM PDT

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        •  It fascinates me, also (1+ / 0-)
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          but I'm also from NJ, originally. I know plenty of people who spend $5k/year on car insurance for their family and pay $10k/year in property taxes, for example.

          These are the kinds of expenses that you don't consider as being large when you live in different parts of the country (for example, my car insurance dropped by 60% when I left Jersey). Making $100k isn't that much when large chunks get paid out for what essentially amounts to nothing.

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