Monday is “Tax Freedom Day”. The average American tax payer, if there is such a creature, pays approximately 28% in income tax. With 365 days in the year, that works out to 103 days out of each year that we all work at our jobs just to pay for our taxes. These calculations come from the Tax Foundation, a tax education group.
So, I began thinking about how long it takes for me to “pay” for certain items in my household budget. For example, I work about eight days out of each month to earn enough money pay for my mortgage. So, if I get paid about $100 a day after taxes and my electric bill is approximately $800 a month, then that is where I would get the eight days a month calculation. Make sense?
So, a monthly budget looks something like….
Insurance (Life & Car)
Cell Phone Bill
FYI….the $100 a day was an example. My take home pay, like yours, will be a little different, and each of our calculations will be a little different. But, I actually like this exercise because it shows you in a little different format where your money goes and where you may need to curb spending. Do you really need to save so much when you have a lot of debt to pay off?
So, I have 29 days that I have to work during the month so I can use the last two days in order to earn fun things like going to the movies, saving for vacations, etc. I think I am depressed now. I really hate February too. Talk about a month with not enough days in it! If it isn’t a leap year, then I’m in the red for the month!
Has anyone else ever thought about the expenses in their lives in this way?