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Poll: My household's monthly budget is approximately:
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Don't know Mar 25

Define "monthly budget". Then we'll talk.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Ditto Mar 25

neilmac wrote:

Define "monthly budget". Then we'll talk.


Mine would be absolutely outrageous if I were to schedule a bottle of vintage champers at precisely 6 pm every day.

Just turned 6 pm here. (downs tools, sound of champagne cork hitting the ceiling) icon_biggrin.gif


 

Angus Stewart  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:21
Member (2011)
French to English
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Don't know Mar 25

It depends how much I earn that month, whether or not I can afford my desired bobo lifestyle : )

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Ditto Mar 25

My monthly budget includes earnings and expenses, some of these are fixed while others are extremely variable.

P.S. Was the question intended to ask how much we earn per month?


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:21
Member (2006)
German to English
Ditto as well Mar 25

Julian Holmes wrote:

neilmac wrote:

Define "monthly budget". Then we'll talk.


Mine would be absolutely outrageous if I were to schedule a bottle of vintage champers at precisely 6 pm every day.

Just turned 6 pm here. (downs tools, sound of champagne cork hitting the ceiling) icon_biggrin.gif


 

Jennifer Forbes  Identity Verified
Local time: 07:21
Member (2006)
French to English
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For a moment, Teresa, Mar 25

Teresa Borges wrote:

My monthly budget includes earnings and expenses, some of these are fixed while others are extremely variable.

P.S. Was the question intended to ask how much we earn per month?


I misread "earnings" for "earrings". Wow! I thought, that lady must be some fashionista! New earrings every month.
Must get my eyes tested ...


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 07:21
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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LOL Mar 25

Jenny Forbes wrote:

Teresa Borges wrote:

My monthly budget includes earnings and expenses, some of these are fixed while others are extremely variable.

P.S. Was the question intended to ask how much we earn per month?


I misread "earnings" for "earrings". Wow! I thought, that lady must be some fashionista! New earrings every month.
Must get my eyes tested ...


Well I must say that my fashionista days are pretty much behind me, can't even remember the last time I bought a pair of earrings...


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 08:21
Member (2008)
English to Italian
exactly Mar 25

neilmac wrote:

Define "monthly budget". Then we'll talk.


agree


 

Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:21
French to English
Inevitable spending Mar 25

I am quite surprised that almost 20% reply that they don't know. Freelance translators obviously have fluctuating levels of income. Some monthly costs are fairly steady from one month to the next, surely? Housing, whether purchasing or renting, does not vary as much as our income. Insurance costs probably don't vary that much either. It is possible to reduce energy consumption and the groceries bill can be reduced if income goes down too. However, I certainly know what my average monthly outgoings are. Those who don't are probably either past caring or extremely well off!icon_wink.gif

 

Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 01:21
German to English
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senseless question for a number of reasons Mar 25

The main one being the great variety represented in this forum. There are people who are young and single, young and married with and without children, older and married supporting kids going to college or single and supporting kids going to college, and quite a bit older with kids who are running their own households. And then --- USD? ---- we come from all over the world.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 08:21
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Other Mar 25

What a strange question!

I actually know exactly how much I spend every month; but do you mean including rent, electricity, heat, TV, telephone, internet, medicine, etc.?
If you had asked how much I spend on groceries, it would have made more sense to me.

And then again, some of us are single, some have a family. Some of us are the only breadwinner, while others have a spouse, who pitches in.

I don't think the formulation og the question is statistically valid.


 

ventnai  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 08:21
Member
German to English
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Say what? Mar 25

Agree with others. Question unclear. I think many of us don't think in dollars either. No idea what the dollar-to-euro exchange rate is, nor the pound-to-euro rate for that matter (relevant for me as a Brit)

 

Vanda Nissen  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 17:21
Member (2008)
English to Russian
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What is the purpose of this poll? Mar 25

I live in Australia where I pay more than USD 4 for a medium coffee. There are a lot of countries where you can buy 4 medium ones for the same money, so what is the point in talking about household earnings in different countries when you have no idea how they spend them?

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:21
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Same as others Mar 25

I didn't even try to answer this question. Quite meaningless.

Truth be told, my pension and Social Security from working full-time for many years are sufficient to cover my basic expenses. I will not starve or lose my home (thanks, also, to excellent health insurance that I inherited from my job). Depending on my freelance income in a given month, I will spend more or less money on extras while also putting a little aside in savings.

My monthly translation income is not predictable because some months I really push my limits with rush jobs and heavy demand; some jobs take more time than others for the same money; some months I may receive nothing because a given job took me six weeks to finish; some clients pay more than others; and some clients take a long time to pay. But the annual totals are usually quite similar with a slightly upward trend.


 
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