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Some of us are in the position of making the only income in the household. Some of us are single without dependents. Some of us are divorced, separated, or widowed with one or more dependents to... Read More

  1. by   CEN35
    where is the option of: i am the secondary income, and yes we could get by without it?

    me
  2. by   wildtime88
    CEN35, that would actually fall into the one on the bottom of the list.
  3. by   Michelle_nurse
    My boyfriend and I split everything 50/50 pretty much, I don't expect him to pay for more since he is a guy and he doesn't expect me to pay since I make more. (he is a customs officier at the airport). I have a really good job, considering I live in Quebec and I am a somewhat "new" grad. I figure as long as we both are contributing somewhat equally, our money is all going to the same place, so if he pays the phone bill, fine.....cause I'll pay the hydro bill.

    I was living on my own (while in school), when we "officially"met and became friends. I would never be able to depend on someone, I would feel guilty asking him for his bank card to buy personal "female" things or whatever.

    I am proud to say that I supported myself through school with no help from anyone, no loans... nothing. When Steve and I moved in together 2 years ago, we were both in school, working each part time and we did our finances the same way as we do now.
    We don't have kids yet and we're not married, but I intend to always pay my part as much as possible, luckily I will have good maternity benefits!!!
  4. by   LTC-LPN
    I work part time in LTC and have for 20+ years. My husband makes way more than I do, but we are happy with what we do make. We have a daughter in college that we try to help and a daughter who is a junior in high school, who will soon need college money. I work because I like caring for the elderly and the money I make keeps us out of debt if the car breaks down or we have a major expense. Because I work the evening shift (initially because we decided to spend as much time with the kids as we could - - - saved on child care expenses) I choose to work part time in order to also keep our relationship intact. We share a lot of the housework, cooking and chores.
  5. by   grouchy
    Wildtime- What are some examples of male-dominated jobs requring similar education but paying alot more? I know, I know, computers. Although, lately ads for computer jobs in the Connecticut papers and the New York Times are down to almost nothing. Anyway, I'm talking about things we wouldn't think of. Like I had no idea that an auto parts manager makes that much. Just curious...
  6. by   Reabock
    Wildtime:: I think another option that could have been added is:
    working because I am the only one to have the family medical insurance as spouse/sig. other/roommmate is self employed.

    The only reason I continue to be employed .8 (8 days per 2 week pay period instead of 10= point eight), is that is the lowest I can go without losing our medical insurance. I wish they would pro rate it and I would go to 2-3 days a week! And by the way, how come, we, in the medical field have to pay a portion of our medical insurance, while those in many other fields have their insurance paid for and usually have better coverage to boot??
    We are in the medical field and we can't take care of our own. There is something wrong with this picture!
  7. by   wildtime88
    grouchy, here are just a few.

    Electricians
    Plumbers
    heavy equipment operators
    truck drivers
    In some areas, garbage collectors
    Machinists
    architects
    airline pilots
    in many cities, municipal workers who repair roads
    surveyors
    golf course greens keepers
  8. by   VAC
    Like some others, I work my husbands days off to avoid putting kids in daycare. I bring home about the same amount of money, but would make more than him if I chose to work full time. Now he's taking the prerequisites the nursing program.
  9. by   grouchy
    Thanks Wildtime!

    Pretty depressing. And ya' know what's funny; I have an ex from many years ago, who I last heard was working in auto parts. In my own snitty, self-satisfied way, when I heard this I thought to myself that 'I've gone on to be a professional!'. And I thought his job was like equivalent to a k-mart clerk. (Don't hate me, I'm not usually such a snob, but I reserve the right to indulge in revenge fantasies regarding the ex). Now I know that college-dropout is probably out-earning me! Grrrrrr!! I guess it serves me right for being so snitty.
  10. by   LilgirlRN
    I am the sole breadwinner for my household. I have one child at home and one that is old enough to sorta come and go, lately he has been gone which is neither here or there because he doesn't contribute monetarily when he is here. I am divorced, I have an underaged child and the ex rarely provides support of any kind...he takes her shopping occasionally and thinks that buying her clothes makes up for lack of support. Yeah, I know I could take him to court, it just isn't worth it.
  11. by   kewlnurse
    Originally posted by wildtime88
    grouchy, here are just a few.

    Electricians
    Plumbers
    heavy equipment operators
    truck drivers
    In some areas, garbage collectors
    Machinists
    architects
    airline pilots
    in many cities, municipal workers who repair roads
    surveyors
    golf course greens keepers
    Depends on where you are i suppose;
    in this area only the airline pilots,plumbers, architects and surveyiors make more than $40,000,
    Truck driver $7, electricians $12, Equipment operators $7-$15, machinests $6 (yes that is correct, Maybe $7) Greens keepers $10 on public courses, $15 on private. all this in a heavily union dominated area. Now if we are talking the rudley over paid auto workers at GM and Ford, thats a whole different story, Pushing a broom will get ya $40,000/year, millwrights about $80,000, gee i wonder why a stipped down econbox cost $15,000
  12. by   deespoohbear
    I work FT 12 hour shifts. My husband is a self employed dairy farmer. Talk about zero benefits!! I have great health insurance through my employer which is the main reason I work FT. To obtain medical insurance through my husband for our family would be outrageous!!! With my benefits, I probably make a little more than my husband. My husband works a lot of hours for the pay!! But he loves it!!! I guess that what is matters most!
  13. by   Iam46yearsold
    I am the only income in my house. But then I am single. I have always been single. And no children either.

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