what is the income level of your household?

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  1. I'm having twins and I hate to say how much our income is, but it is definately not even close to 100 thousand. Maybe in a year when I can work again, but not right now when the only income coming in is from dh's low paying job.

  2. hi ladies, sorry to ask such a youngihmsonal question. the NYTimes is running a series of articles this week re IVF. among the one sided, biased opinions they're citing they claim that ivf multiples are born to affluent women. i guess they think octomum is affluent..

    i\'ve set up an anonymous poll to try to get a sense for what % of us are actually affluent. those of us going through that know that even if we were wealthy when we started, it's a different story by the end of IF treatments .

  3. Yeah - Octomom makes $1,000,0000+

  4. Sorry to be the board police, but polls should actually be posted on the Polls Only thread up top, and not on the GBB. I believe the purpose is to prevent the polls from taking over the general board topics.

    On a side note, I can see the value of this poll, but those ranges are HUGE!

  5. is there a way to move the poll, or to add more ranges? i guess i just wanted to get a sense for what we all earn vs what the media seems to think.
    Oh, I think the poll is a great question...very relevant. I think polls will just overrun the discussion topics if they are posted here.

    I don't think they can be moved. Not sure if you can delete and repost or not...have you tried going back into it to see?

  6. Sorry to be the board police, but polls should actually be posted on the Polls Only thread up top, and not on the GBB. I believe the purpose is to prevent the polls from taking over the general board topics.On a side note, I can see the value of this poll, but those ranges are HUGE!

    is there a way to move the poll, or to add more ranges? i guess i just wanted to get a sense for what we all earn vs what the media seems to think.

  7. Women who post on IVFC are literate, know how to use a computer, have access to a computer....this is far, far from an accurate sampling of the general infertile population.

  8. 100k to 250 k is a large gap.

  9. Women who post on IVFC are literate, know how to use a computer, have access to a computer....this is far, far from an accurate sampling of the general infertile population.
    Two things...one, luciabogoni said she was trying to get a sense of whether IVFCers were affluent, she wasn't attempting to poll the general, worldwide infertile population. Two, literacy and access to a computer do not make one affluent.

  10. Two things...one, luciabogoni said she was trying to get a sense of whether IVFCers were affluent, she wasn't attempting to poll the general, worldwide infertile population. Two, literacy and access to a computer do not make one affluent.

    True, but it is more likely that lower income people will have fewer resources, and a computer is certainly one of those.

  11. I'd be willing to bet that the lowest income levels in the US are not represented on IVFC for the most part.

  12. True, but it is more likely that lower income people will have fewer resources, and a computer is certainly one of those.

    either answer the poll or don't, nobody asked for your opinion.

    it is clear from spelling mistakes, grammatical errors etc that the wider population is represented on ivfc.

  13. This is a poll specific to IVFC, not the entire universe.

    I agree with you, I was just commenting on mairead's comment:

    "it is clear from spelling mistakes, grammatical errors etc that the wider population is represented on ivfc"

    with which I disagree.

  14. I\'d be willing to bet that the lowest income levels in the US are not represented on IVFC for the most part.
    This is irrelevant. This is a poll specific to IVFC, not the entire universe. Let it go.

  15. Me too - I do admit my spelling sucks, but I don't think I am illiterate, just sloppy!

    I agree with you, I was just commenting on mairead's comment:"it is clear from spelling mistakes, grammatical errors etc that the wider population is represented on ivfc"with which I disagree.

  16. There should be an under $100,000. The average for a household in America is $27,000. I have knowen maids who have twins. Infertility, type of treatments, years between treatments and number of treatments has a lot to do with income but there are exceptions to this.

    Everyone I know has a computer, even my cousin who makes less than $30,000. Hell, at the end of this she will be richer than me. I have to pay $15,000 a pop to try to have a kid, she gets them for free...so far she is up $40,000!

    I polled an income of $250,000. I have my MBA and so does my husband who is a CEO. We both cant spell worth a damn and have no idea when to use affect vs. effect....

  17. 100k to 250 k is a large gap.

    I agree. And depending on where you live and what your unique expenses are (and I'm not even talking about wasteful "living beyond one's means," but things like student loans or supporting ill/disabled parents), it's totally possible to earn within this range and still live paycheck to paycheck with no savings.

  18. I agree. And depending on where you live and what your unique expenses are (and I'm not even talking about wasteful "living beyond one's means," but things like student loans or supporting ill/disabled parents), it's totally possible to earn within this range and still live paycheck to paycheck with no savings.

    Yes. And it's also possible to earn $80k and depending on circumstances and where you live, to be comfortable and save some money.

  19. 120 K last year. Now 39 yrs old. Started at 27. Crappy eggs. 3 straight clomid cycles, 2 normal Hsg's, 1 other clomid IUI cycle, 5 Ivfs, no BFP ever ever, 30 grand in debt, can't afford any more cycles, or donor egg or adoption. Building a 3br house in a "nice" neighborhood. Why.....

  20. i just did some research on google. the median household income in the US is $52k, AKM - i think the $27k is youngihm individual, and probably for men as they still out earn women on average.
    census.gov

    the reason i started this poll is because it really pxsses me off that the media seems to think that those of us who choose to do IVF are affluent and can control and finance our outcome. they criticize us for following our dreams and then for being irresponsible for squandering our own and govt rescources.

    so the point of this poll was to figure out if we're realy affluent or not. close to 50% of us make up to $100k (that was my bad, i should have put in tighter ranges but i was just trying to get an idea). so we're not that affluent at all. youngihmsonally i think the media just focuses on the celebrities who are successful and then paint us all w the same brush.

  21. 56% of those responding (at 50 responses) make over $100k. Clearly not representative of the general population.

    And depending on where you live and what your circumstances are, $80k can be plenty affluent.

  22. And depending on where you live $80K is below the median income.

  23. Quote:

    What's middle class, anyway?

    "Middle class" is a squishy concept if ever there was one.

    If we define it solely by income, then according to the U.S. , a household income of $36,000 to $57,657 in 2005 landed you squarely in the middle class. If you want to expand the definition to include "lower" and "upyoungihm" middle class, the range widens considerably, from $19,178 to $91,704. Here's the breakdown, with each "quintile" representing 20% of U.S. households:

    Population group Lower limit Upyoungihm limit

    1st quintile $0 $19,177 Poor/working poor

    2nd quintile $19,178 $35,999 Lower middle class

    3rd quintile $36,000 $57,657 Middle class

    4th quintile $57,658 $91,704 Upyoungihm middle class

    5th quintile $91,705 Bill Gates? Upyoungihm class

    Of course, there are plenty of problems with using income figures, most notably because income alone doesn't reflect the huge variation in living costs across the U.S. Simply put, $50,000 might buy you a comfortable life in Iowa or Kentucky but keep you scrambling in San Francisco or Manhattan. And there are plenty of folks living in high-cost areas with nominally "upyoungihm middle class" or even "upyoungihm class" incomes who would adamantly reject those labels.

    This claims that if a household makes more than $91,705 youngihm year that according to the US census report they are in the top 20% in the country and considered Upyoungihm Class. I would have to agree that if you accept this definition, that most of us are upyoungihm middle class or upyoungihm class. Jeni

  24. Yes, affluence (or lack thereof) really depends on many factors, not just household income as a stand-alone criterion.

  25. At 50 responses, 56% make over $100k.

    18% make over $250k.

    That\'s plenty affluent.

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