Our Income information
Devra has a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from Manhattan Christian College, and is currently working for an engineering firm here in Lexington. She works 8-5 Monday through Friday, and makes $12.00 per hour. She also gets a company 401k match and 2 weeks of vacation.
I finished my B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering in May of 2011. From there I started working part time for a small engineering firm in Northern Kentucky, and it was a great job for that season of life. The job was very flexible and allowed me to invest heavily in pursuing Devra (the best investment I’ll ever make!).
Devra and I are both very blessed in the fact that neither of us carry any debt. I owe a deep thank you to my parents/grandparents and Devra’s parents for enabling us to step into the workforce without tens of thousands of dollars in student loans hanging above our heads. This is something that Devra and I want to be able to do for our own children someday.
Eventually, an opportunity came for me to step into graduate school at the University of Kentucky. I studied within the same major as I did in undergrad, Biosystems Engineering, and my thesis project dealt with developing a low cost automatic guidance system for agricultural vehicles (with a focus on small to medium scale vegetable production). The project was funded by a research grant, so I was very blessed to do grad school at no cost.
While I finish up writing my thesis, I have taken a full time job at The Home Depot. I started in February of 2014 as a part time garden sales associate, and have recently been moved to a full time sales specialist position in flooring department. In this position, I earn $11 per hour and do not have vacation or 401k match until I have been with the company for a year. I also earn a little bit of side money from the engineering firm up in northern Ky every once in a while, but I do not count it in our normal income because of how irregular it is.
Our typical monthly income looks like this:
So, as you can see, we do not earn a ton of money. Around $45,000 a year before Uncle Sam takes his portion. After Uncle Sam gets his share and all of our benefits are taken out, our total take home pay is between $2,500 and $2,600, unless I get paid from my part time job in Northern Kentucky. That leaves us with around $30,000 in take home pay for the year.
Our expenses look a little like this:
|Expenses||Cost||% of Gross|
|Car Insurance||$ 90.00||2%|
|Cell phone||$ 140.00||4%|
|Gas (Furnace)||$ 57.00||2%|
|Car Fund||$ 100.00||3%|
|Gas (Fuel)||$ 350.00||10%|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||$ 2,427.00||66%|
Now, if we are only taking home $2600 per month and we are spending $2400 per month, it only leaves $200 for wiggle room. That’s why we have a budget!! In my next post, I will break down our budget and how we got to the numbers…
How about you? Do you have any creative ways to save money? Any side jobs that can help bring up your income? And most importantly… do you have a budget?