About how much the would a couple need to make combined to live comfortably in this area, assuming no monthly debt payments. I have no clue cause I’m single 🙃

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150k to be comfortable in dc area

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Your standards are too high

OP Go out to eat or grubhub probably 1-2 times a week.

We’re not loaded but I certainly never feel like we’re struggling to enjoy life. We don’t live in a super cheap area that’s inconvenient (we live in Columbia Heights), we explore DC’s food/bar/brewery scene, we travel extensively (at least 3 trips of a week+ per year, 1-2 of those being international, and several weekend trips) and we’re able to still save a good amount (over 10% to 401K plus putting more away into brokerage account). You certainly don’t need six figures to live comfortably in this city

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Thanks!

My comfort minimum is 200k as a couple, that may want kids in the near future. As soon as kids enter the equation, your need for more space and better schooling gets pricey.

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Married with child, comfortable on my analyst salary from Accenture. Standards are different for people I guess

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Wow. I’m doing something wrong. I make ~135k and am single with no kids and I struggle. I do save max in 401k and ESPP, but nothing left to have other savings after mortgage, car payment, phone/tv, utilities and occasional eating out.

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I became comfortable the moment I started making $85k, but I also live within my means. I don’t need a two bedroom apartment on the wharf as a single person or a fancy Equinox membership. I know make close to $100k and haven’t changed a thing- no fancier apartment, no luxury car, cook most of my meals etc.

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75k

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My SO and I make just under 140 combined and live very comfortably. We live in a 2 bed with a roommate in a nice neighborhood, save 20% of our salaries, and still have plenty of money to travel, go out to eat, etc

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My SO and I live very comfortably in DC proper <$100K.

M1 It’s amazing how you recognize that marriage is an emotional bond but are still baffled why two people with different incomes could be in a partnership.

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Do y’all go out to dinner and such often?

100 is enough, 140 and you'll be very comfortable.

Starting out in DC, my wife and I made 110k combined. We were comfortable but had to budget well with student loans and still saving. Eating out was occasional. Vacations were driving distance ski trips or beach trips etc.

Over the course of 3 years, we're now up 170k. Frankly though, I haven't felt the raise in terms of living standard since we hit about 140. We now maintain lifestyle habits like weekly date night (at reasonably priced places), annual int'l vacay, etc. and pass any additional raises onto savings and charity.

No debt, combined 150k.

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