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The Yazbecks: Future Millionaire Couple

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CNN Money’s back in the Millionaire in the Making game with an article featuring Paul and Audrey Yazbeck. She’s an account and he’s in the military, and they earn $125,000 combined each year.

The couple emphasizes starting to save early on in life and budgeting to keep expenses down. A sidebar included with article breaks down the couple’s monthly budget.

Income $9,600 100%
Investments ($3,150) 33%
Taxes ($1,150) 12%
Mortgage ($970) 10%
Transportation ($760) 8%
Entertainment and Food ($700) 7%
Miscellaneous (Clothes, Gifts, Donations) ($570) 6%
Travel ($420) 4%
Bills ($355) 4%
Insurance ($270) 3%
Household ($150) 2%

They still have about 12% of their income left over each month.

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avatar Seattle

I notice in the article that their combined income is $125,000, but they chose to live on one income, saving his $50,000 last year. If the two of them can live on one income, then I should be able to live on half my salary. I’m up for the challenge!

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avatar FMF

Gotta love how much they are saving!

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avatar TerriW.

Huh. I don’t understand how they are only having to pay 12% taxes. I mean, yeah, she’s an accountant … but that seems awfully low to me!

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avatar Luke Landes

That’s probably a sensible effective tax rate. Perhaps they plan their taxes well enough to owe or be owed very little when it comes time to file.

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avatar Lauren

Texas has no state income tax, so that helps. However, 12% still sounds low. If I wanted to move back to TX, I guess I could be saving that much, but it’s not worth the tradeoffs. I couldn’t mortgage a trailer up here for that monthy payment.

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avatar Hazzard

I love reading these “Millionaire” posts. I wish that CNNMoney would put one out each day, but I suppose they’d run out of potential millionaires pretty fast.

I think they should also highlight couples in trouble and then help them figure out how to move forward. I find that reading about others finances is very interesting

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avatar New York Kid

I guess if I made as much as $9600 per month I’d be on my way to millionaire status, too. The problem is that most Americans don’t make even $1500 per month!

Not to say that you can’t save money but it’ll, definitely, take longer to become a millionaire. On top of that they’re combine income is 125,000! This article is for yuppies.

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avatar paul yazbeck

Since I serve in the military, about 1/3 my income is tax-free. Military pay is broken down into Base Pay, BAH(housing), and BAS(food). BAH & BAS are tax-free and total about $1400 a month. I was also deployed to Iraq for 3 months in 2005, and all income is tax-free while in a combat zone.

$125,000-16800(BAH/BAS)-28000(401ks)-9000(3 months tax-free)

=~71000 taxable income

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avatar Luke Landes

Hi, Paul. Thanks so much for the comment. The housing and food allowances in the military are sure to be very helpful.

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avatar Todd

Our household income is aprox. $150k and our effective tax rate is about 12-13%. After the standard deduction and a couple other deductions, 12% total tax on their income sounds pretty accurate.

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avatar Cujo

Hell, I’d save a lot too if my mortgage was only $970/month. 10% of income going to housing is way below average.

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