Interested to compare how frugal/wasteful we are compared to other couples in a similar position..
Also, what are you happy to spend money on? E.g. Alcohol, cars, games, food, technology etc.
We are a mid-late 20s couple with no kids. We got a small 2br house together 6mo ago because we were sick of sharehouses and wanted privacy.
We each put $300 a week into a joint account and it's spent roughly like this:
-$70 bills (incl gas, elec, water, cable internet, contents insurance and car insurance)
-$80 groceries and household items
-$80 entertainment (dates, take away, movies, groupons, videogames/boardgames, squash court hire-$30)
Usually there is a little bit left over which goes towards joint bday presents for family and such.
Admittedly our weekly spend on entertainment is high but we like to do a weekly date and we both enjoy pc gaming and buy a boardgame every couple of months too…
I think our grocery spend is pretty good because we don't buy meat but we will treat ourselves to avos and more expensive fruit & vege, and occasionally buy mock meat.
The only things not included in that is our expenses incurred separately. For me, that's myki, my phone, the odd lunch or drink with friends and stuff for my dog (~$60 a week total).
How about everyone else?