Quoting Destiel:" With the car repayments it was a necessary evil unfortunately, my old 13 year old car died unexpectantly ... [snip!] ... are $353 and $213 respectively a quarter. Rego is car registration ... each car is about $250. License is driving licenses."
We don't have to register our car yearly or our license - we get tags which I think are about $30 a year & our license every 4 yrs & that is about$20? Can't remember even. Mortgage here varies greatly depending on where you live....as in anywhere from $20k through $500k for the same sized home. We are older though Dh is 40 & I am in my 30's so we've had a long while to get stuff paid off. Dh also had some good investments, so we had a jump start there as well. At one time he made about $60k in under a year on one of them. We were quite lucky. We also lost a LOT when Sept 11th happened & stocks tanked - because one of our investments went under completely, so there is no recouping that. But anyway. I never knew anyone before Dh that actually bought stocks. If you have good luck, they can do a world of good for you, but they can hurt you just as bad. We did alright, more good than bad for us, but it would have been very different if we hadn't pulled a bunch out to by our house (we probably would have lost most of it - as it is, we probably did
loose an equivalent amount in appraisal value of our home as compared to when we bought it in 99 & prices were high). Then when we were both working we had a great income, so we paid the house off so I could stay home & we'd be totally solvent with one income & be able to maintain financial safety.