Originally posted by Mijourney:
Hi. This topic piggybacks off the "How much do you make topic." For trench nurses, if you had to or are solely living off your income, would you be able to afford to:
1. Own and maintain a home in a mid to upper class neighborhood?
2. Own and maintain a car driven by those who live in a mid to upper class neighborhood?
3. Send your children to private schools?
4. Eat healthy diets?
5. Join a trade organization or attend trade conferences once or twice a year?
6. Take trips to other countries or take extended vacations?
7. Join special tennis or similar clubs for exercise and out of the box networking purposes?
8. Enroll your child into activities like the scouts or music lessons?
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list. I would appreciate as much input from you as possible. Responses may give an idea of whether trench nurses have the quality of life that most certified professionals assume.
I own a house in a middle class neighborhood. I drive a 2000 Toyota Corolla, my husband drives a 1991 Silverado. The cost of daycare for my two children is close to the same cost of private school. We eat healthy diets most times, do eat out some. Do not attend trade conferences. No trips to other countries, no time for extended vacation
. Belong to a fitness club. Children too young for scouts, etc.
These questions are relative to what's important to an individual. My husband is in school full time and works in Maintenance at a hospital. The cost of his school weighs heavily on our income. Your question was if you had it to do alone, could you? I know of no one parent household that enjoy the lifestyle you described (unless they were "born with a silver spoon in their mouth" or lost the spouse d/t death and reaped financial gain from the tragedy). We are obviously underpaid, but I'm not sure this is a good way to measure. Regardless of income, you must decide what's most important to you and sacrifice in the areas less important. To answer your question: No, I couldn't do ALL these on my income alone without excessive OT. I could live happily by choosing what's most important to me and leaving behind those less important. The biggest irritant to me? No money left over for savings after the "necessary" things are covered. Perhaps savings isn't MY "most important" goal, eh?