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Mark (32), Erika (33), and Sophia (2)
What they do
Mark is a financial adviser; Erika is a project analyst with the government
What they make
$118,000 a year
Where they live
A two-bedroom (plus loft) 1,300-square-foot townhouse in Orleans
What they spend per month
Car loan: $383
Parking spot: $255
Eating out: $200
Cell phone: $153
$40 per month
How we do it
“When we moved to Orleans, we paid off all our debts. Next step is to increase the amount that we save,” says Mark, who notes that their preference for natural and organic food increases their grocery costs. And while insurance bills seem high, Mark and Erika have done the research and are confident in their choice. “Now we know that we’re protected against any circumstances that would otherwise cause financial ruin for the family,” says Mark.
$5,200 on appliances for the new house.
“We could have gotten hand-me-down ones, but we wanted more advanced appliances for a change!”
$200 on a wicker bistro set for the front porch.
$120 for bedsheets (“Amazon Prime day, couldn’t resist the deal!”)
$100 for a foam topper for daughter’s bed.
“Since moving into the new house, she’s been having a hard time sleeping, so sometimes we will sleep next to her until she can relax,” says Mark. “I figured if we were going to lie there, we wanted to be comfortable too.”
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