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Keep Your Balance. A look into what it costs when you’re on your own. Food. Consider the cost per day and multiply by 30. Estimate would be $300-$500 per month.

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keep your balance

Keep Your Balance

A look into what it costs when you’re on your own

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Food
  • Consider the cost per day and multiply by 30. Estimate would be $300-$500 per month.
  • Example: Someone who eats a bowl of cereal in the morning ($1), a sandwich and snacks at lunch ($6), chicken and vegetables at supper ($9). Each day would be about $16. $16 x 30 = $480
  • Think about if you would eat more or less than this amount…
a place to live rent these prices are all without utilities included
A Place to Live: Rent These prices are all without utilities included.

Not centrally located

1 bedroom $550

2 bedroom $700

3 bedroom $950

In town Apartment

1 bedroom - $700

2 bedroom - $900

3 bedroom - $1150

utilities
Utilities
  • Heat, hot water, electricity
  • 25% of TOTAL rent
  • Example: 3 bed apt

$1150 x 0.25 = $ 287.50

  • Then, this would be divided by 3, since there are 3 in the apt.
  • $287.50 / 3 = $95.83
cell phone
Cell Phone
  • Basic Package $30/month
  • Intermediate Package $70/month (data plan and unlimited texting)
  • All Inclusive Package: $100/ month (data plan, unlimited texting, long distance, free evenings and weekends beginning at 5)
cable
Cable
  • Basic: $30/month
  • Digital Cable - $50/month
  • HD Digital Cable - $75/month
  • Netflix Subscription - $8/month
internet
Internet
  • Unlimited High Speed $55
furniture
Furniture
  • Think about how you will furnish your apartment. Get hand – me – downs or buy furniture when you move out?
  • The costs for furniture can be anywhere from $20 - $250 a month depending on if you get used furniture or brand new with financing (or just brand new).
  • Decide what you think you would spend.
household incidentals
Household Incidentals
  • Laundry soap, cleaning products, etc.
  • For most people the average would be $40.
transportation
Transportation

Public Transportation

Own a Car

$80/month

$5000 car, approximately $200/month for 2 years

$10,000 car, approximately $400/month for 2 years

$15,000 car, approximately $400/month for 3 years

transportation continued
Transportation Continued

Gas – depending on how much you drive, and what you drive. Large Truck approx. $500, small car, approx. $250 per month.

Insurance

  • Females - $800/year or $67/month
  • Males - $1200/year or $100/month

Maintenance (depends on what type of car you chose – newer would need less maintenance, whereas cheaper would need a little more)

clothing
Clothing
  • Depends on how much of a shopper you are!
  • You decide what you think you would spend on clothing in a month.
  • If you’re a super shopper, aim for about $300 or more.
  • If you’re not a shopper, go with about $75 as you will need to make sure you have underwear without holes! 
personal incidentals
Personal Incidentals
  • Tooth paste, soap, first aid, make up, shampoo, etc.
  • $25 - $75/month
recreation and entertainment
Recreation and Entertainment
  • Consider movies, online video rentals, books, magazines, travel, restaurants, etc.
  • Think about how much you would spend each month on the activities that you do/or the entertainment that you take in.
health and dental insurance
Health and Dental Insurance
  • Everyone will budget about $80 a month for this.
savings for emergencies
Savings for Emergencies
  • Some of you are very conservative, whereas some of you wouldn’t think much about savings.
  • Everyone should have at least $50 per month for emergency savings.
  • If you are more conservative, you decide what would make you comfortable. 100? 200? You decide.
gifts for birthdays and other holidays
Gifts for birthdays and other holidays
  • You decide what you think you would spend.
  • Do you normally have to attend a lot of events/birthdays? If yes, you need to budget for that.
travel and vacations
Travel and Vacations
  • Will you be travelling anywhere? If yes, you have to factor in the costs of this as well.
  • The average weekend trip to somewhere in NB would be approx. $500 (gas, food, lodging, etc)
  • The average southern holiday would be approx. $1400 per person/week.
add up your total monthly expenses
Add up your total monthly expenses

Now, you will each receive a paycheck. Write down your job and monthly NET pay.

The moment of truth!

Fill in what your monthly pay would be, subtract your total monthly expenses and you will have your balance!

your pay cheque
Your Pay Cheque!
  • On average, a student with only a high school education, would make $13 per hour.
  • Your job could be: Supervisor at DQ, employee at a store in the mall, call center employee, etc.
  • You would be trained on the job, but not have paid for any further education.
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So…
  • At 40 hours per week you would earn $520 Gross, or $1040 every two weeks.
  • Taxes, EI and CPP would take that to $897 every two weeks or…
  • $1794 NET a month. (Income)
  • How did you make out?
  • Calculate:

Monthly Net Pay – Total Monthly Living Expenses = Balance (what you have left over)

in the black or in the red
In the Black or in the Red?

SURPLUS

DEFICIT

If your balance is more than zero, you earned more than you spent…good for you!

If your balance is less than zero, you spent more than you earned…Oh no!