View Poll Results: What is the gross income in your household?

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  • 0-15,000

    4 1.78%
  • 15,000 - 30,000

    21 9.33%
  • 30,000 - 50,000

    41 18.22%
  • 50,000 - 70,000

    34 15.11%
  • 70,000 - 100,000

    52 23.11%
  • 100,000 - 150,000

    37 16.44%
  • 150,000 - 200,000

    13 5.78%
  • 200,000 - 250,000

    7 3.11%
  • 250,000 - 300,000

    4 1.78%
  • 300,000 - 400,000

    2 0.89%
  • 400,000 - 500,000

    1 0.44%
  • 500,000 - 700,000

    1 0.44%
  • 700,000 - 900,000

    1 0.44%
  • 900,000 - 1,000,000

    0 0%
  • 1,000,000 +

    7 3.11%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchstar View Post
    I cannot even begin to tell you how strongly I disagree with this. Hard work does not always equal big money. That misconception really, really bugs me when I see how hard my husband works, day and night
    I agree Ffrenchie.

    Being a SAHM also, is a difficult job and there is no pay for that.

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    Plus I don't think I've said anywhere that "hard work = high pay" so don't know why the other poster said they agreed with me then said "hard work = high pay" as that wasn't what I was saying in my post at all.

    I know plenty of people who work their nuts off for not-very-much and plenty of people who don't work that hard and earn LOADS.

    Yes, my husband works hard for his money. BUT that doesn't mean that lower-paid people work less, that's just complete bullsh*t

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    No, I was thinking that too TillyG...I dont think you said that in your post So, it isn't you I disagree with !

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    Quote Originally Posted by TillyG View Post
    Plus I don't think I've said anywhere that "hard work = high pay" so don't know why the other poster said they agreed with me then said "hard work = high pay" as that wasn't what I was saying in my post at all.
    yeah i didnt get that from your post

    i also agree with you on the closer you live to work the better, dh drives 5 mins on a country road

    its great when a family emergency pops up

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    Quote Originally Posted by TillyG View Post
    Oh I agree it's our choice to live where we do (and to be honest, living where we do has "spoiled" us for other areas - nowhere else can come close to comparing at the moment!).

    However, before we moved to Sydney we lived in the UK. And DH used to have to drive 90 mins to work and back each day, along a hideous route. He hardly saw DD (would leave just as she got up and would rarely be home before she went to bed) and it really took a toll on our marriage too. Plus he used to have to work away a fair bit too.

    So, when we emigrated (having never been to Australia before!), we made the decision that we'd rather live close to his work in order to cut down on the commuting, because of the damage the commute did to our relationship before.

    Even now, 3 years on, I'm not comfortable with moving more than 30mins away from his work to be honest. I like the area we live in and we've pretty much decided that if we ever buy, we'd rather buy a small 2-bed unit here than a big 3-4 bed house further out. Just because living close to his work has had such a positive effect on our marriage.

    So yes, we choose to pay what we do and we are lucky that we can afford to do so. However, we wouldn't have emigrated had we not been able to do so - we always said that as long as it was financially viable to live here, then we would. If it gets to the point where we're struggling then we will rethink things and possibly head back to the UK - there's no point being miserable AND far from home!
    I agree with this. Before we had kids DH worked 50 minutes from home. He hated the commute and because of his long hours it meant that we often didn't see each other the whole day because I'd already be in bed, getting a good night's sleep for my day at work the next day. It got to him so much that he came home one night and asked if we could please move closer to his work. I was very happy to...it was where I wanted to live anyway! Having him a 10 minute drive away was fantastic....then we moved again and he literally worked around the corner. That was fantastic! He came for lunch sometimes, could come home quickly to see the girls before they went to bed and he went back to work etc.
    Now we have moved again and we live 5 minutes away but at least two nights a week my girls don't get to see their daddy before they go to bed because his commitments and just that 10 minute return trip (which is more in heavy traffic...up to 15 minutes one way) means it's not worth it for him to come home if he only has a spare half an hour etc.
    Unfortunately our financial circumstances forced us to move in to a cheaper place but we constantly try and think of ways to get us back in to our apartment, back closer to his work so we can have him home with us more. He works long days, and now has started flying interstate for a few days at a time so any time we get as a family is precious. It's well worth the extra expense if you can afford to do it.

    There was actually a study done that showed that people who live closer to their work are happier than those with long commuting times...would have no idea how to find that study but it has been done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchstar View Post
    I cannot even begin to tell you how strongly I disagree with this. Hard work does not always equal big money. That misconception really, really bugs me when I see how hard my husband works, day and night
    So you trying to say that someone that has there own business just naturally rich and lives a stress free life because there GROSS income, because that is exactly what it sounds like.
    Lets not forget, the employer pays the bills at end of the day while the employee can go home click off and rest.

    TillyG, I was agreeing to your post about income and expense.

    I should of been more specific with my post as I was more referring to the fact that I'm a builder by trade in a family buiseness and 1 of the things I have learnt is that you only get what you put in.

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    Who said anything about anyone living stress free??

    You said that the more money you make, the harder you work....and I said that HARD WORK does not necessarily EQUAL BIG MONEY.

    There are plenty of people (like my DH) working their guts out for a pittance.

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    We've just seen a huge jump in my husband's income as he finished his specialist medical training last year. And it's amazing how you spend to meet your income whatever it is. I'm not just talking about frivolous things, but the one that has really shocked me is insurance. Extra insurance in case he's sued, extra life insurance, extra income protection insurance and so on. Even trauma insurance as he's just started riding his bike to work some days. We were talking about it the other day and having a laugh that the most money we've ever had was when we were both living at home and had crappy waitressing/kitchenhand jobs. We'll probably never be that 'rich' again!

    Quote Originally Posted by sockstealingpoltergeist View Post
    Many people would love to live closer to their work. They do live further out and have to travel long distances. Just because someone works in the city or in an expensive area that doesn't mean they earn a mint. There are all sorts of jobs on every level all over the place.

    So really that is your choice.
    Just wanted to add that it doesn't work this way for some people. My husband has to be within 20 minutes drive of his work when he's on call, so there's no way we could live very far out. When he's needed he's often needed fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaq View Post
    You've posed an interesting question, roohif. Its always tempting to have pipe dreams about what you'd do if you won Lotto etc, but the reality is, if our income was equivalent to yours, I'm not sure our life would change much.

    We're by no means poor. We (and I mean hubby) earn a fraction of what you do, but its a pretty healthy fraction. I have actually been pondering lately as to what the REAL worth of returning to work (for me) would be, when we can pay our mortgage, fill the car, pay for our girls' school, and eat, drink and be merry on just the one income.

    Would we move to a bigger house? No. The one we have now is just fine. Buy a new car? Possibly. But possibly not ... it runs fine. Buy a second car? Probably not ... because hubby would still ride his bike to work every day and the thought of having an extra car just to drive on weekends seems ridiculous.

    We would probably travel more extravagantly in the holidays, and not moan so much about the price of airfares. (I have a little pipedream about uniting the whole family on an island in the Whitsundays over Christmas ... but that's a two income fantasy )

    I might consider a housekeeper, and definitely a cleaner. But I'd be getting either one of those when I go back to work anyway.

    Nick might get a new Colnago to add to his collection. But would he be working so hard he wouldn't have time to train? I might have my nails done and a regular massage and the like - but I could do that now, time, not money, being the problem.

    Its like paying $150 for a bottle of wine, when a $30 bottle is still scrumptious. Why bother? I think I have convinced myself its all about attitude. Once you get to a certain income level, where you cover all your needs and most of your wants, most people would be happy, I think.

    I totally agree

    The problem with a lot of money.. is not removing worries, a lot of people continue to worry and stress about the same things they would, obviously with personality types some will continue to not stress about things just the same.
    I also believe being able to afford things easier does actually make them somewhat less special. Sure scrimping a bit for that fabulous holiday sucks, but imagine never ever having to scrimp for it... being able to do it whenever you pleased.. I am 100 percent sure if I would get bored of travelling the earth going where I pleased doing as I pleased eventually.
    I would get bored of all of the things I get so very luckily occasionally do.
    And what is left then?
    The relationships we have with people important to us.. and since they would be the same amount of love on a 'comfortable' income as on a super high -never have to 'worry'- grandkids will inherit a butload - sort of income..
    Then..well.. unless I got paid that sort of income doing something I absolutely loved and would do for free.. then I would never do it.
    I want to do things that I would do for free for the rest of my life. And I am blessed that I find the doors than mean I can (even if I don't have a private jet )
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    Quote Originally Posted by V8 Crewy View Post
    Lets not forget, the employer pays the bills at end of the day while the employee can go home click off and rest.
    That's funny, I can recall many times where I was in the office at all hours paying bills and wages (yes with the business owner's money) while the business owners were knocking off early every singe day to go the pub. Seemed in my experience at least, that the business owners were the ones that got to "go home click off and rest".


 

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