Primary household earner?

  1. I am curious. How many nurses are the full time primary household earner? In other words, if you quit your job for a lessor paying job, would your currnet housing/health insurance/food on the table situation fold?
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  3. by   Sun0408
    I am at the moment, my husband had back surgery last month..
  4. by   BluegrassRN
    My husband is a public school teacher, has two undergraduate and one graduate degree in his field, has been in his position for 14 years, and is the head of his department. I've been an LPN for 6 years and an RN for 4. With my ASN, I make way more than he does, and I carry our insurance, since the premiums are less than half with my employer (I pay almost 400 a month for health/dental; through hubby's work, it'd be over 800/month). So yes, if I quit my job or took a part time/lower paying job, it would have a large impact on our household.
  5. by   GHGoonette
    I've been the primary breadwinner for the past 10 years, ever since my husband was retrenched. Although he has temporary teaching posts, the health insurance and household bills fall on me. Luckily our house is paid off, and we have a sizeable amount invested against retirement.
  6. by   littlemammanurse
    I work full time nights and my hubby works full time days plus runs a photography studio on the weekends.We are fine financial wise.
  7. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    No. My hubby is retired and planned well for it. I work pt. time and school full time.
  8. by   Altra
    I am not the primary wage earner - spouse makes nearly double what I do.
  9. by   realnursealso/LPN
    I am on my own, if I don't work, the bills don't get paid.
  10. by   KeechieSan
    My husband is also a nurse but I do make more, so yes I am the primary breadwinner.
  11. by   VivaRN
    Husband in grad school, I'm the breadwinner. Once he starts working I'll make more but he'll have better benefits.
  12. by   BamaRN3
    I am the primary breadwinner. I make way more than my husband and I carry all the benefits for myself and our 3 daughters. If I lost my job it would be devastating to us financially.
  13. by   Little Panda RN
    I am the primary money maker in my household. My husband and I each carry our own health insurance, since we have no kids at home that need it and it is cheaper to pay for a single plan. If I was to lose my job, we would not be able to make it financially, same if he lost his. Even though I make more per hour, we still need both incomes to survive.
  14. by   Sarah Bellum
    I am the primary/sole wage earner in my family. My husband has been unemployed for 2 years. Even when I was working part time as a PCA I carried the health insurance for my family of 5. Talk about some tiny paychecks...