Paycheck-to-paycheck October 25, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille.
I’m 41 years old and I’m living paycheck-to-paycheck.
It is a combination of bureaucracy, taking a sabbatical (a 30% pay cut), living in Europe, the very weak dollar. Just on our salary alone, after we finish paying rent over here in Marseille and for daycare so both of us can work, we are left with about 400-500 euros per month to live on. We’d have quite a bit more except for the extremely weak dollar (as we are still being paid in the USA). This is very tight, though possible (just), for a family of three. It is a lot tighter than we’ve lived in the past 10 or 15 years! However, on paper we have plenty of money – more than plenty of money. Even enough to add to savings (’cause Julia needs to go to college sometime!), to not worry about going out to eat, or perhaps just buying a new pair of jeans on the weekend because we feel like it. That is where the bureaucracy comes in. France is paying me a hefty per-diem, but getting it setup has taken months longer than I ever imagined or planned for. No particular party has been responsible for this delay; I was just overly optimistic. Hopefully the money will flow before we leave France, or the dollar returns to its strength (since this money is in Euros). 😉
In the meantime, we are eating at home more than we are used to!